Category: Gardening

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End of Summer Projects

It is that time of the year. The summer for public school kids in our area is coming to a close. I love that we have a bit of freedom in our homeschooling. We have a handful of projects to still get worked on our homestead for this summer season…

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It’s that time of the year – Starting your garden

If you haven’t already organized… now is the time. Get those seeds organized and ready to plant. If you haven’t already seen our organizing tip video on your seeds, check out this post: https://krisandlarry.com/2019/01/25/seed-storage-and-other-tips-to-start-your-garden/ This week, I went onto Amazon and picked up empty planting 6-packs (Amazon Link). I picked…

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Learning to homestead with a small property

20 years of researching has led me to the conclusion that you can homestead on truly any size property. You just have to have GREAT organizational skills on smaller properties to streamline what you want to accomplish. Here is a link to homesteading.com and 15 homesteading ideas for your property….

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Seed storage and other tips to start your garden

Download the 2019 Yavapai County Planting Schedule [download id=”6261″] Over the last 20 years, I have been able to streamline how we store and use our seeds for our gardens. Check out the quick video below!

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Growing Herbs – Book review for Medicinal Herbs

There are times that I look around and ask myself “why don’t you just take a tylenol like everyone else… and then I remember all of the side effects and that I hate the fact that everything in medicines are so processed.  We picked up this book about a year…

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Common Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses

I was able to share this information with the Chino Valley Oathkeepers. Click this button to download this information for the handout.[sdm_download id=”4320″ fancy=”0″ new_window=”1″] Common Herbs and Their Medicinal Uses We have a pretty extensive vegetable and herb garden on our homestead. We have fruit trees, a vegetable garden,…

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Planting Potatoes

Every year, we plant potatoes in our garden. I hated harvesting and felt like I was digging and digging and digging forever to get them out of the ground. Guess what?!?! For the last 3 years, we have been making potato towers using left over fencing,  straw and potting soil…

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Roasted Butternut Squash

Growing our own fruits and veggies is extremely important to our family. We always plant extra and a variety of plants in our garden. Butternut squash is a favorite in this house. Once cooked, it has a “creamy” texture. It can be used as a stand alone dish, a side…

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I LOVE Zucchini!

Every year I have a zucchini post. I absolutely LOVE zucchini… as long as it isn’t “mushy”, I am good with it. We have made everything from breads, cakes, cookies, veggie stir fries, fried, baked and even pizzas with zucchini. Yes, this time of year is a crazy time… monsoon…

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Compost and Worms

After we were gifted some beautiful new hens, Griffen noticed that they liked to dirt bathe. After all of the crazy monsoon rains, the dirt in the coop packed down. I took a shovel out to loosen some of the ground up to let the chickens have a place to…

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It’s that time of year again – ZUCCHINI TIME!! Dried Zucchini Chips

Yes, this time of year is a crazy time… monsoon weather comes up and yes, zucchinis start growing and growing and GROWING!!!  I remember the year that I moved to Arizona, about 25 years ago, someone left a bag of zucchini in my mom’s car at the grocery store… The…

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How does YOUR garden grow? May 2014

Living in Arizona, we don’t have quite the opportunities as other parts of the garden where you can just throw your seeds out and have full plants a week later! We have hot, dry days and we live up in a valley in the mountains that gets us a bit…

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Quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

It’s been several weeks since we posted any progress on our garden and I am pleased to announce that we are growing right along. Of the seeds that we planted directly in the ground, the peas, spinach, lettuce, radishes, and turnips are all doing GREAT. The munchkins can’t wait to…

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Garden/Gardening Tips – Write planting date on seed packages

I love buying and trying new seeds… When I buy them, normally in bulk, I always write my outdoor date on the package. It is easier for later planting is you know exactly when they can go in the ground in your area! Mazy’s is carrying First Family Seed Buckets…

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Yes, it’s only January, but we are already working in our garden!

This last weekend, I got all of the kiddlings outside (that’s 16 hands to help me plus Larry) And we had to devise a way to gopher proof our garden. Chicken wire it was and we were making out raised beds TALLER. After battling a plethora of black widow spiders,…

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Summertime Foods – Saving your herbs

Summertime is such a great time to not only grow your own gardens with vegetables but also herbs to use in your kitchen! I have a pretty large herb selection in my garden as well. I store all of my bulk herb that I dehydrated in quart sized mason jars….

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Summertime Activities for Kids… Gardening

I have several friends who are always asking me, “Kris, what do you do with your kids in the summer time. You have so many, how do you keep them entertained?? ” First off, if the Sun is out… then the TV is OFF!This is something that I implemented years…