The below are a list of my Homesteading Post links that I plan to add more and more to this blog as time goes on. Farming, gardening, DIY projects, and various other notions. (I am updating the below…)
Feedback encouraged!!! And I will update this page reasonably regularly, I hope. Check back ever so often if you are inclined.
Raising Up Poultry
This year, it’s chickens, both broilers and layers. Next year, I would like to add in guinea fowl, for their tick-eating fixation. Also… quail. Post links are in ascending date order of occurrence.
Raising Chickens Part VIII: Is Organic the Way to Go? (scheduled for Nov 12).
Raising Chickens Part IX: Book and Website Resources (scheduled for December or January) There will also be a medical Raising Chickens post, as well.
Won’t begin to happen until 2021. Thinking alpaca, Shetland and/or Soay sheep, goats. Not everything at once, of course! No dairy. I am soooo NOT milking day in and day out. No posts in this category for a while! You have to walk before you can fly.
Growing the Vegetable Kingdom
Tips and tricks for getting the MOST out of your veggie patch. Or your fruit trees/bushes. Fruits will be first, true vegetables second in the lineup. I’m especially no expert on fruit trees yet — last year was my first to have them aboard, but perhaps this year will provide a difference. I am HOPING. For some reason, I’ve only started posting about growing my own veggies.
Gardening 2015 – May Report – Just what was out there, back down in the CT days. And those Brussels sprouts didn’t make it, but the rest did.
Be Fruit-Full: The Citrus, Stonefruits, and Others Here. Ongoing happenings with overwintering fruit indoors, and including my hopefulness for my persimmon.
Container Citrus Trees – They’ve just arrived when I made that post, so no info on longevity in this post. (Note, as of June 15th 2018, they are still alive, but not prolific by any means.)
Of Apple and Olive Trees – They’ve just arrived when I made that post, so no info on longevity in this post. (Note, as of June 15th 2018, the apples are still alive, but not prolific by any means. The olive bit the dust.)
The Australian Finger Lime (Paired with Scallops) – A sampling of a finger lime I grew here.
Raised Beds / Herb Garden Notes – My new raised beds, and stuff going on with the herb garden.
Growing Up / Harvesting Potatoes – The post also includes links to some potato recipes I’ve made, and nutritional information. There’s also positive word on basil, purslane and delicata squash here. September 17th.
Growing & Using Herbs
For whatever reason, they’ll get their own category. Alphabetical. You may have to scroll down to find what you’re looking for, since usually a herb isn’t (at this point) getting its very own personal blog post!
Bee Balm. Monarda didyma.
Lady’s Mantle. Achemilla vulgaris.
Purslane. Portulaca olereacea.
Wormwood. Artemisia absinthium.
I do have another website relating to medicinal herbs and usages, which dates back to the 1990’s, and focuses on researched information – I am in the process of converting to a new format and doing serious upgrading. I believe this will be accessible through this account, beginning sometime in January of 2020.
Foraging for Meals
I plan to do more and more foraging, and will search through my past blog posts for other appropriate links, too. To be listed alphabetically by primary forage material.
Putting Food By
Canning, dehydrating, long term storage. Perhaps even references to quality products I’ve bought for long term storage. Some years ago, but not that many, much of this town was out of power for 2-3 weeks. I’ve lived through power outages back in my old suburban town in Connecticut as well. While I’ll have backups, it will be nice to not have to worry much about going anywhere… Plus, with farming and being relatively self-sufficient in New England, winter months don’t give you much in the way of good produce, unless you take action. Organization will be by preservation method. Gadgets at the end.
Readying for next season’s plantings!
Saving Tomato Seeds (to appear soon!)
I’ve marked several sugar maple trees, and have ordered the equipment necessary. Sap tends to run in March in these parts, but I will need to keep my ears to the ground. This is an early 2020 project. I don’t intend to make much syrup this winter, but if this works out, I’ll expand the operation in 2021 for sales. I also want “maple water”, which will NOT have the lasting power of the syrup, but will contain maple flavor – which I love – but will be a whole less sweet. Experimentation will determine how much I’ll cook that down.
Mark Your Sugar Maple Trees in the Fall! This information is a part of the autumn “Winter is Coming” overall post, so scroll to the end.
Outbuildings and Farm Equipment
On the horizon… Potentially blocking my view??
I am going to purchase a tractor next spring. Will it be a Yanmar or a Kubota? Watch this space!!! I’m currently Yanmar-leaning (unless I get a great deal on a used…)
Simple DIY Projects
Simple indoor or outdoor projects that can be useful whether or not you are homesteading, farming, or anything else. I haven’t decided how these links will be arranged just yet. Right now, arranged by time when they got done.
Protecting the wood deck (and the house!) from grilling ash, hot or cold – this appears as the second half of the citrus tree update post, August 7th.
Critters Stopping By for Photography
Just Because. These won’t always get linked back to a post, because it is the visual record of them running around here that more or less matters. At least to me. (I will try to remember to date these photos.) There are more I need to track down and link here!
Books and Movies of Interest
For now, most of the entries here focus on food, since this started as a food blog and that’s still a major focus, but I plan to get more general (but USEFUL) homesteading books discussed on this site. PS, I don’t have time to waste reviewing books I don’t want to continue in my life! They’ll all be 4 to 5 (out of 5) starred books. Movies may vary in how I report after them; after all one sits through those for around 2 hours… Two hours of life you may never get back!
Too Many Cookbooks? – What I had back in November, 2013. Just for the amusement and storage factor. I sent many off to the Litchfield Farmer’s Market cookbook swap table, but I also purchased others since then. Sorry, an addiction.
Madhur Jaffrey: An Invitation to Indian Cooking, and Edgar Tharp & Robert E. Jaycoxe: The Starving Artist’s Cookbook, Reviews – Back in March 2011, I decided I’d do a monthly cookbook review. This concept lasted… one month. Those and The Joy of Cooking (Mom’s gift to me) were probably my very first cookbooks.
The Science of Good Cooking and The Meat Book – Both by Cook’s Illustrated, and part of a series I posted late 2017, early 2018. Part I. (I finally got the hang of doing series… lol…)
Vegetables, and Perfect Vegetables – By James Peterson and by Cook’s Illustrated, respectively. Part II of above.
Fish and Shellfish, and Sauces – both by James Peterson. Part III of above.
The Flavor Bible – by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenberg. Part IV of above.
Vegetarian and Vegan Cookbooks at My Home. I’m not a vegetarian, but I totally respect friends of mine who are. I find it a good and interesting challenge to cook for people who may or may not be able to or want to eat what I eat. This is a list with short discussion of my vegetarian cookbooks.
Splendid Soups – by James Peterson, recent acquisition, subject to a potential future review.
Cooking Recipes from My Own Crops and Livestock. Also Including Locavore Odd Bits I Didn’t Raise
I’m not counting just going out to get a few herbs for seasonings, (or an egg or two, especially if laid) but something where what’s obtained is a major component of a dish.
Tabbouleh, from my parsley and lime.
Chicken Soup, with Unlaid Chicken Yolks, from my broiler hen, and stock from a roo.
Slow Braised Rooster Wings. Slow Braised Rooster Legs. Black and red broilers, first year of raising these.
Braised Rooster Legs with Wine and Sage. Another go at this meat!
Rooster Corfu. Corfu is a Greek island. The dish was awesome, came from my own stock, and I’ve served it twice so far.
West African Peanut Soup with Chicken. You can use supermarket chicken, but I used a home-grown barred rock cockerel. So, some differences, which I specify in the recipe. (Scheduled for November 8th, 2019.)
Pork Head Cheese/Souse. Not raising porkers at this time, but one is not going to find pork heads/trotters in most supermarkets. Trade with a homesteader? Go in on a local meat share?
Soul Food Trotters. Pretty tasty, and please never throw out those porcine trotters! If you don’t want to cook them for a meal, seriously consider putting them into your pork stock makings!
Tacos de Lengua. I used beef tongue, but you can use lamb, goat or veal tongue, just cook the tongue from those sources less. Or use pork shoulder / carnitas… they won’t be “lengua” but they’ll still be good.
Supplementing That Grid
Things are in various stages of progress here. There’s grid-connected solar (that’s how one gets the rebate), and I’m needing to do the generator and the wood-burning stove. I guess even grilling outdoors counts??? Grin. Discussions later.
Don’t know how this category will be used or not, but. Right now, just general miscellaneous. And, so forth.
The 2019 NOFA Summer Conference (Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association meeting). This is the third of these I’ve attended.
The 2020 Massachusetts Branch Winter Conference (NOFA). This is the first of these I attended. Wooster, er, Worchester, MA.
Winter is Coming! No, not a continuation of Game of Thrones, but dealing with seriously more mild winters than those folk did! Autumnal preparations prior to a killing frost.