September 11, 2016

Monthly Journal of Homesteading

Weekend Homestead Vegetable Garden.

A monthly journal of my homesteading

Miscellaneous Reminders:
- Add sand and raise carrot beds
- order seeds and row cover

January 2017

Harvest:  not this month too cold and two feet of snow on the ground
Eat:  frozen canned tomato sauce on spaghetti
Preserve: not this month, no fresh produce
Hens:  collect eggs, fresh water, kitchen scraps, add clean bedding material
Prepare: started sweet potato slips, planning for this summer's vegetable garden
Home: line dry clothes indoors, keeping house warm with wood stove
  

October 2016

Harvest:  large tomatoes, sunchokes, skirret, zucchini and gather seeds.
Eat: steamed greens from the garden
Preserve: freeze jars of tomato and meat sauce
Hens:  move coop to more protected area for winter.  feed table scraps and fresh water daily.  free range and close up coop at night.
Prepare: plant fall garlic for spring 2017 harvest.  Add perennials to fruit tree guilds add mulch to protect fruit bushes and artichokes for winter.
Home: line dry clothes and build linen closet

September 2016

Harvest:  pick cucumbers, smaller tomatoes, green beans, purple-top turnips, carrots and potatoes
Eat:tomato and cucumber sandwiches, steamed green beans, turnips, beets, carrots and potatoes
Preserve: can tomato sauce, pickle cucumbers and relish, make fresh tomato salsa
Hens:  feed table scraps and fresh water daily.  free range and close up coop at night.
Prepare:break off new tomato plant growth and tear off tomato leaves to let sun in to ripen larger tomatoes.  purchased local garlic for planting. planted two fruit trees
Home: line dry clothes

August 2016

Harvest:  pick cucumbers, green beans, beets, swiss chard, collards and carrots.
Eat: fresh cucumbers, steamed green beans, beets, chard, collards and carrots
Preserve: can pickled cucumbers and relish.
Hens:  gather eggs.  feed table scraps and fresh water daily.  free range and close up coop at night.
Prepare:stake tomatoes
Home: line dry clothes
 

  March 2016

Harvest:  pick cucumbers, green beans, beets, swiss chard, collards and carrots.
Eat: fresh cucumbers, steamed green beans, beets, chard, collards and carrots
Preserve: can pickled cucumbers and relish.
Hens: move hens from outdoor coop.
Prepare: received organic heirloom seeds by mail from Heritage Harvest Seed in Manitoba.  Set-up maple syrup spout and bucket.  Start sweet potato slips. Start gathering lasagna garden materials (cardboard, wood chips, glass clippings).  Order day old chicks from TSC in Smiths Falls.
Home: line dry clothes


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