Kettle Klatches! Preserving Your Soup Garden

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After a gardening break over the summer, Carol Alexander and I, are back in the saddle and back with another episode of Kettle Klatches!. In this session we talk about preserving your soup garden by canning, freezing, and dehydrating your home grown herbs and vegetables.

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Lacto Fermented Spicy Green Tomato Pickles

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While I still have garlic to plant and sweet potatoes to harvest, our summer gardening season is coming to an end. One of the first crops to finish, of course was the tomatoes. In an effort to waste as little as possible I spent last Saturday afternoon gathering up the green tomatoes, some of which will become spicy green tomato pickles.

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A Few Tips on Caring for Little Chicks

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We’ve been out of pocket for these past few weeks. Lots going on here on our little homestead! Not only is the garden in full swing but we welcomed some new birds to our little flock! A month ago today we brought home seven buff orpington chicks (including a little roo) and nine Jumbo Cornish Cross Rocks. Everyone is settling in and doing very well.

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Kettle Klatches! How to Make a Pot of Stock

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Join us as we present our second post in an audio blog series “The Art of Soup Making”. In this installment, How to Make a Pot of Stock, we talk about the importance of making your own stock, share some interesting ingredients, and take you through the process step by step. We’d like to invite you to pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of tea, and listen in!

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Everything I Wanted to Know About Chickens But Was Afraid to Ask

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If I have learned anything about chickens in this past year it is this: chickens are not complicated. They are the easy-to-grow perennials of farm animals. Give them what they need, set them out, and they will flourish for months and years to come. In my initial research a few years ago however, I would repeatedly come across a series of terms, tips, and suggestions that came from sources assuming I knew what they were. I didn’t. Here then, is a list of a few things that I wanted to know about chickens, but was afraid to ask.

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Kettle Klatches ~ Homestead Conversations with Carol and Jenny ~ Plant a Soup Garden

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Join us as we present our first post in an audio blog series about all things homesteading from food, to living on a budget, to gardening, and more. Our first in this series is called “The Art of Soup Making” and in our first installment, Planting a Soup Garden, we talk about how you can plant easy to grow crops for a great pot of soup that will stretch your family’s budget. We’d like to invite you to pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of tea, and listen in!

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Our Experiences with Sourdough

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This post isn’t really a tutorial as much as it is my thoughts on our first experience creating a sourdough starter from spelt and sharing with you some resources that I have found to be helpful. I am not a sourdough queen. I am still learning and working my way through new recipes, adjusting favorite recipes, and learning from my mistakes.

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Gardening Tips For Success

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After a rough winter, spring has finally arrived and the long awaited gardening season is finally in full swing. If you are new to gardening I’ve put together a few tips with the beginner in mind and shared them this past week over at Gnowfglins. While the list might seem somewhat basic, it is what I would have really liked to know when I was first starting out.

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How to read a Seed packet

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When I started my first garden, I started with very little background knowledge at all. I purchased seeds at the local hardware store, not really knowing what varieties to choose and why, not really knowing if the time was right for what crop, and whether or not certain things would grow in my area. I had seen the tiny writing on the back of the seed packets, but it made little sense to me. I needed someone to sit down and explain all of this to me, but those gardening websites took for granted that I knew this basic information.

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