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


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Welcome to Kettle Klatches!  

Homestead Conversations with Carol (from Everything Home With Carol) and Jenny (myself ).

Recently my friend and fellow-homesteader Carol Alexander and I got together to chat on the phone about our homesteading ventures.  We had such a great visit we decided to let you listen in on our conversation.  So, 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, canning, and more!

Today we begin the series “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!


Thanks for joining us!

The resources listed in this first session including the Soup Garden Printable can be found below. 


Carol’s book: Homestead Cooking with Carol ~ Bountiful Make-Ahead Meals;  no homestead kitchen should be without this excellent resource!

Our Soup Printable: pretty and practical, let this inspire you to create healthy nourishing soups for those at your table.

Printable Seed Packets: give the gift of your garden or use for saving seeds for next season.

Square Foot Gardening ~ an excellent gardening resource whether you are an expert or a beginner.

Six Tips to a Great Pot of Soup

Make Your Own Soup Starter Mix

Our gift to you! A free printable plant list to give you ideas for a soup garden of your own.  Download here.

Soup Garden Printable photo


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Kettle Klatches ~ Homestead Conversations with Carol and Jenny ~ Plant a Soup Garden — 5 Comments

  1. I enjoyed your Kettle Klatch and I do agree with you, Jenny, on the challenges Oklahoma presents to gardeners. There are so many. Lack of rain is my main challenge. But this year, now that we no longer have a dog, I am having serious rabbit problems.

    I do start most of my plants from seed, there are tricks to it and you do have to have some equipment that can become a big investment if you don’t go to garage sales. Recently I’ve found an overnight soak in water with a little dish detergent in it does wonders to speed up germination of pepper seeds, and I’m doing a lot of pre-germination of small seed in coffee filters and of large seed (peas, gourd, squash, etc.) in damp paper towels. It shortens the time I have to keep seedbeds watered and lessens the risk that they migrate to the surface before they germinate.

    So many frustrations in gardening. Sometimes I wonder if it’s worth it. It is wonderful when a plan comes together, though….

    • Thanks for your input Ilene. I think only fellow Oklahoma gardeners understand how difficult it really is to garden here in OK. :( We had a few rabbit issues last year, but I haven’t seen any yet this year. I hear ya though on the lack of rain. That is a problem and a concern. I’ve heard we’re in for a long hot summer this year too ~ at least that is what the Farmer’s Almanac is reporting. Thanks for the tip on germinating pepper seeds. I need to try that. Good luck with your gardening this year!

  2. Ilene: Rabbits, small varmits, and pests can be deterred from your garden by a few simple ways (even in Oklahoma). I lived in Tulsa for 18 years and raised my family there. Save the human hair from your hair brush(s) in a baggie when you clean them. For rabbits (I’ve also heard it works for squirrels, and rven deer), place a light layer of the hair around the plants you want to protect and kind of mix them into the soil a bit – no more rabbits! For moles and small underground burrowing varmits, plant daffodils intermittently amongst your garden. Not only are the pretty, but those pesky little varmits will come near your garden!!! We were inested with moles, used this method, and they completely vacated. You can get rid of pest by spraying a tea of garlic water, vinegar and salt, or just dish soap directly onto the plants, or water them with the garlic water. Also, if you mix powdered milk around your roses or any plant subject to various types of fungus, it will take care of the problem. Hope this helps!!! Good luck! I did my best gardening in Oklahoma using a combination of raised beds and reconditioned soil! That red clay is not cooperative.

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