Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Honeysuckle jelly + vertical trellis hugelkultur garden & More potatoes in growbags

This past week has been very aromatic outside with the honeysuckles blooming. When the wind blows, the scent is carried all over the yard, especially after a rain it is quite a lovely feeling. Because I have lots of honeysuckle growing all over the yard, I wanted to try making the jelly for the first time. I used a recipe I found at Taylor Made Homesteading which goes as follows: Honeysuckle jelly made with 4 cups of petals without green stem or leafs. First boil 4 cups of water and take off of heat when it begins to boil. Then add the petals to steep for 45 minutes with a lid. After 45 minutes, strain the petals from the liquid. With 2 cups of the remaining liquid, boil with 4 cups of sugar (according to the recipe here) but I only used 2 1/2 cups of sugar with 1/4 cup of lemon juice. Let boil and stir to dissolve the sugar, then add 1 package of liquid pectin and stir for a remaining 2 minutes. Then can the ingredients as you usually would jellies and jams. This recipe made 4 half pints for me. I make sure to sterilize the rings and jars and new lids, then fill a pot with 1 inch of water and put the honeysuckle liquid in the jars and seal the jars with the lids. Boil the jars in the water for 5 minutes, and afterwards let cool on a towel.

Other things I have been working on in the last few days is sewing more potato grow bags. I believe there were 10 bags already sewn that James put together, and with those and 8 that I sewed myself, I end up gluing 18 bags and filling them with compost to plant potatoes. Also, I sewed some carrot seed within the potatoes. The potato grow bags in previous pictures were placed at my grandparents' house, and I figured with these I would place the grow bags at my house so I could distribute the compost around the garden here.

The potatoes at my grandparents' is looking tall and healthy.

With the compost, I spread on two flower beds, in the potato grow bags, around the fruiting blueberry bushes, and spread a thin layer on the squash/zucchini, cucumber, leafy green, and melon/squash hugelkultur mounds.

Additionally, I dug holes for tomato transplants and filled the holes with compost and posted the tomatoes with tobacco sticks.

In another location I dug holes and filled with compost to sew more melon seeds tomorrow.

Also today I put up fencing in three rows of the garden to trellis the cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, and artichoke. 

And of course, I got another radish harvest...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Mobile Greenhouse Truck running off of Veg oil & Catches rain

"You're eating the Earth, the sun, and the oceans just in this little spinach"

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Caged garden to keep out rabbits & cats + PHALLIC MUSHROOM in the yard

mesclun spicy mix



Swiss chard




Peas on trellis
Stink horn mushroom

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Free bleeding, Lena Cup review, & MORE PERIOD EDUCATION

My thoughts after 1 month Replacing Toilet paper with Cloth

Friday, May 5, 2017

Potatoes growing in bags, lots of Peaches in early May + Radish harvest

peach tree with lots of fruits

The blueberries are turning colors too, signifying that the fruits will be ready to harvest soon. Because the next couple of days will be drastically much colder, I'm going to cover the fruiting fig trees and the blueberries and raspberries with the Agfabric I used on the trees early spring to protect them from the frost. 

Chicken of the Woods mushroom growing early this year!

Someone gifted us with this large chicken of the woods mushroom that he found a couple of days ago. The chicken of the woods mushroom at my house grow in July, so either this particular area of land grows chicken of the woods earlier than in my neck of the woods; or this mushroom is growing earlier this year like everything else. I have noticed that many of flowers and fruit trees around the yard are growing weeks to months earlier compared to previous years.

With the chicken of the woods mushroom, I cleaned it thoroughly by soaking in salt water and brushing off any debris. I let the mushroom dry on a towel. Then used my fingers to pull apart the mushroom like in "chicken" strips. In a pan, I put oil, water, and garlic salt with the mushroom and cooked on medium then low for an hour. With the cooked mushroom, I served it with rice.