Homesteading, Organic Gardening, How to Farm, Preparedness, Self-Reliance
Not much to show this week. The cool days and freezing nights are not helping my plants grow very fast. Unfortunately, the only window I have for the starts doesn't get sun until 3pm, 4pm to reach the back of the trays and we don't have grow lights.
Usually the days are warm enough to set them all outside in the morning for some sun, then bring them indoors for sun and warmer temps in the afternoon. This week they have spent a number of days inside, but they had a few good days out too.
I am trying to start my corn inside. I want to try a 3 sisters patch and we don't have a very long season, so, I need the corn tall enough as soon as we pass our last frost date that I can plant the beans right away and not have to wait for the corn to start. I'll let you know how it does!
Added some more beets and carrots this week, the beets are doing very well. The carrots have very spotty germination.
Transplanted some of my crowded tomato, pepper, and eggplant seedlings into their own pots.
My potatoes arrived from Seed Savers Exchange! I set them out for a few days to sprout (I'm not patient enough to wait a whole week as recommended) and then cut them on Sunday. I just have to wait another day for them to heal well and I get to plant them!
Had some furry little visitors to the garden a couple of nights this week (bunnies). I think they must be coming in under the gates, so I added chicken wire to the bottoms and let it drag out a ways. Hopefully that works. I am also sending the dog out to do a check if I wake up in the night.
My peas are doing very well and need a stake, but they aren't quite tall enough to reach the fence/trellis I put up. I tied a string across the bed to hold them up off the ground until they get a bit taller - the sun we are hopefully getting the next few days should help them get there soon.
And, I have rhubarb! It's all ready to harvest...but I am not sure what I want to do with it. We don't have an oven right now (our only oven is wood fired, so I don't use it this time of year.), so pies and breads are out. I canned a jar last year and saved it until winter, then made an apple rhubarb crisp that was wonderful. However, we used our last jar of jam this week so I am torn between using the rhubarb fresh, canning it for winter pies, or making a batch of rhubarb jam...Good thing I planted more rhubarb plants for next year!
Anyone have a favorite rhubarb recipe? (low-sugar so the rhubarb shines!)
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