Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The backyard Farming Connection #104

This weekend was animal care time around the homestead.  The goats hooves got trimmed, a lot of the animal gates and housing got repaired and a few more areas of the garden were put to bed for the winter.

The week's feature: from Schneider Peeps: 6 Common Gardening Mistakes



I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

For details on linking up visit the hop page.

Backyard Farming Connection


Backyard Farming Connection

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #103

This week we hosted a fall barn party complete with a chili cookoff and some music and dancing.  It was the perfect way to wrap up the warm season, and it appropriately turned cold and windy the following day.  Now that our attention is turned away from hosting a gathering, we're getting on the with the 'before the snow flies' list around here (as well as some Halloween costume work).  There are so many things yet to be done, but already the pattern of our days are shifting from outside to inside.  It won't be long before those first snowflakes.

This week's feature:

From Making Our Sustainable Life: Rendering Lard in Two Ways



I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

For details on linking up visit the hop page.

Backyard Farming Connection


Backyard Farming Connection

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #102

This week we're gearing up to celebrate the season and the harvest with a barn party here this weekend.  This means lots of homesteading/cleaning projects to get everything ready for a fun time!

This week's feature from Grow a Good Life: Grow Herbs Indoors: 5 Herbs That Thrive Inside All Winter



I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

For details on linking up visit the hop page.

Backyard Farming Connection


Backyard Farming Connection

Friday, October 10, 2014

Garden Update

It looks like this will be the last garden update of the year.  Not that there aren't still things growing out there and the gardens are most definitely NOT put to bed for the winter, but now the work is turning away from this year's garden and we're planning and thinking ahead already to next year.  Pathways are getting reworked, mulch and compost is being laid down, and hopefully this week we'll get the garlic in the ground.

As I wrap up the gardening year on here, I'm left with these thoughts:

  • Pumpkins are great, but we probably don't need 60 pie pumpkins for our family (maybe a few other kinds would be fun to grow
  • Kale is wonderful and magical, but a few plants will take you through the year!
  • Plant cilantro continuously throughout the year, especially so there is plenty when the tomatoes are ripe
  • We don't eat radishes, no matter how many we grow, we still don't eat them
  • Carrots, potatoes, parsnips - we never seem to have enough - next year's garden has a huge are for potatoes!
  • Plant LESS zucchini - a few plants will be plenty for the year
  • Remember in the early summer when all those wee little plants are struggling, that someday (very soon) they will be big, so don't over plant!  As simple as it is to stick a few more seeds in the ground, don't do it!
 What lessons have you learned this year in the garden?








How's your garden growing?

Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 2 ways:

  • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden 
  • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week
  • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #101

    This week we've been slowly chipping away at the projects outside: putting the gardens to bed, building new paths, cleaning out the barn, changing animal fencing, bringing in more of the harvest.  Nothing really got completed, but there was some progress.

    There were some really amazing posts in last week's blog hop. If you didn't get the chance, stop over and check them out!

    This week's feature: from Lady Lee's Home: 4 Techniques for Grafting Fruit Trees


    I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

    Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

    For details on linking up visit the hop page.

    Backyard Farming Connection


    Backyard Farming Connection

    Friday, October 3, 2014

    Garden Update

    The garden is a bustling place with projects this week.  Most of the projects involve the borders, paths, and areas around the gardens and not actually the garden beds, but it is all in anticipation of making the garden more accessible and easy to manage next year.  Despite my promise that I wasn't going to add much garden space next year, I've already carved out a nice new large junk that just made sense to make into a garden.  We're still a long way away from done, but already there is a sense of order coming into to the rather chaotic garden.

    On the other side of things, there are still things to be harvested this week: popcorn, MORE tomatoes, flowers, pumpkins, raspberries, ground cherries, brussel sprouts, kale, swiss chard, beets, and a few other goodies tucked in out there.  We're trying to grab those warm moments in the sun in the middle of the day to head out to the garden.  With highs still in the 60's it's perfect weather to get outside and enjoy these lovely fall days.









    How's your garden growing?

    Each Friday I share photos from our garden with an update about what we're doing, what's growing, and what we're eating.  I invite you to come play along, I love seeing what others are trying.  You can join the fun in 2 ways:

    • If you blog, I welcome you to write a post or share a post from that week about what's growing in your garden 
    • If you aren't a blogger, I invite you to join my gardening flickr group and share photos of your garden from this week
    • And last - if you don't want to blog or share photos, just follow along and check out all the links and photos and maybe share a comment with your own gardening experience from the week

      Tuesday, September 30, 2014

      The Backyard Farming Connection Hop #100!!

      I can't believe this is hop #100!!!!  Thanks for all those who have traveled along here for any of the last 100 weeks as we've all shared ideas, knowledge, tips, and first hand homesteading knowledge!!

      This week's feature from Homestead Mania: Burdock: It's What's for Dinner



      I want to know what's happening, in your garden, on your homestead, in the barnyard, and in the kitchen.  Whatever is in your backyard farm and home, I would love to hear about it.

      Each week I will share some of my favorite posts on the Backyard Farming Connection Facebook page.  And in case you haven't seen, I have a 'featured button' so if you've been featured in the past, grab a button.

      For details on linking up visit the hop page.

      Backyard Farming Connection


      Backyard Farming Connection