The Homestead Monthly: August 2015

Homestead Monthly August 2015: chickens, ducks, turkeys, backyard garden, preserving the harvest, honey bees, and wild edibles!

Total Tomato Disappointment
This past March (as I do every year) I excitedly picked out my tomato varieties for this year’s garden, in April I lovingly started them from seed and nurtured them for two months in house, and in June my little tomato plants were tucked into their permanent home in our new garden. They grew big and beautiful for months, sprouting an impressive amount of green tomatoes, just waiting for the sun to ripen them to perfection. And then blight hit. And they all died. Every green tomato turned rotten and moldy.

tomato destruction; Homestead Monthly August 2015: chickens, ducks, turkeys, backyard garden, preserving the harvest, honey bees, and wild edibles!

Dramatic, I know. We only had a handful of tomatoes to show for all our hard work. We’re not alone, turns out it was a bad tomato year for most around here. Darn blight. Tomatoes are my favorite.

Garden ‘o Plenty
Thankfully the rest of the garden has done quite well! We’ve had boat loads of zucchini and patty pan squash (and they’re still going strong), broccoli, lettuce, kale, peppers, potatoes, herbs, and fresh flowers on the table every day. We’re still waiting on some beautiful purple cabbages and cauliflowers to finish growing.

kale patch, Homestead Monthly August 2015: chickens, ducks, turkeys, backyard garden, preserving the harvest, honey bees, and wild edibles!

Chicken Coop Progress
We built our chicken castle…um, I mean coop last year but didn’t have enough time to finish the outside of it. We covered it in plastic for the winter and planned to finish it this summer. Well, that day has finally come! Karl put the last piece of siding on the coop last week, and it looks gorgeous. The best part is that I get to dig through the big box of chicken paraphernalia I’d been holding on to, and decorate!

There are still some finishing touches that it needs, but we’re considering it mostly finished. Soon I will take you all on a video tour and explain all the features we added and why.

Homestead chicken coop; Homestead Monthly August 2015: chickens, ducks, turkeys, backyard garden, preserving the harvest, honey bees, and wild edibles!

It’s the Little Things
It seems we’ve had a lot of small happenings on the homestead this month!

canned peaches, Homestead Monthly August 2015: chickens, ducks, turkeys, backyard garden, preserving the harvest, honey bees, and wild edibles!

We’ve canned peaches (lots of peaches!).
Karl discovered a Yellow Jacket nest (the hard way).
The local apples are starting to roll in (thus the start of apple canning).
The kraut is a brewin.’
Fall mushroom season is starting- haven’t found any, but we’re keeping our eyes open.
Raspberries are starting to ripen.
And any day now we’ll be digging the potatoes and carrots for winter storage!

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