farming, gardening, garlic, homesteading, how to grow potatoes, kale, peas, vineyard

Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring

The weather has finally started to change here in upstate New York.  The maple trees are producing sweet sap that we turn into maple syrup.  The robins have also returned and so has the mud.  The spring means its time to get back to work after a long snowy winter.  The coop needs to be… Continue reading Getting Your Garden Ready For Spring

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gardening, glass gem corn, growing corn, homesteading

Glass gem corn happiness and beauty

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Every year when I look through the seed catalogs, I always come across a picture that grabs my attention.  A picture of a vegetable taken at peak ripeness and in perfect light.  Last year was no exception,  and it was Baker Creek’s catalog cover that drew me in.  It’s always the same. I look at the picture, turn to Tracy and say I’m gonna grow that.  So when the seed order for the year was placed glass gem was on the list.  Glass Gem corn is a beautiful native american flint corn that can be used for flour or popcorn, but it’s this corn’s amazing color that makes it prized. In our area, we plant corn on memorial day weekend, so it was a long wait to get our seeds in the ground.  We planted them away from our other corn to decrease the chance of cross pollination.  After 2…

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farming, gardening, homesteading

Spring on the Homestead it’s the little things that can get you ahead

If you are anything like us, you can't wait for spring to arrive after a long winter.  Although the temps are still chilly, there is so much you can do to get ahead of all the work that will pile up when the real warm weather arrives.  There are many days in early spring where… Continue reading Spring on the Homestead it’s the little things that can get you ahead