Excess Squash? Find Creative Ways to Enjoy!

yellow squashAs we start our downhill slide to Fall, we are gifted with the bounty of the harvest. Included in that bounty is yellow squash. In all honesty, yellow squash could go into a category all its own if your garden is like mine. The rate that my squash plants produce fruit is magical. I don’t think that we had one seed that didn’t sprout and one flower that didn’t produce. Continue reading

What’s Happening on the Homestead: Sunflowers and Sunshine!

Sunflowers

We’re in the midst of summer and beautiful sunflowers have appeared. (Photo by Elizabeth Geiser)

What does July sunshine bring in Ohio? Some hot, sticky days to be sure but it also is the season of sunflowers, tomatoes, zucchini and more. After a cool, wet start to the garden season, the heat is making our popcorn and other plants grow almost in front of our eyes. It is now most pleasant to work in the garden in the early morning hours or the cool of the evening till we can’t see the weeds we are trying to pull. Popsicles made from homemade yogurt and fresh fruit are a main stay for getting through the afternoons. Continue reading

Beautiful Beets: How to Grow, Prepare and Enjoy

beetsBeets are a super food. They are delicious and packed with nutrition. You can even eat the leafy tops which are rich in antioxidants, vitamin K and iron. Beet roots pack a punch of nutrition, too, with a wide variety of vitamin B, vitamin A, and potassium to name only a few. Continue reading

What’s Happening on the Homestead: Fresh Rhubarb and Baby Chicks

baby chick with flowers

Spring is in full force on our homestead this month…baby chicks have arrived! (Photo by Elizabeth Geiser)

May has brought plenty of rain to Ohio but just enough sunshine for some productive days of working outdoors and we are enjoying the extended daylight. The lettuce seedlings, spinach, radishes and Japanese turnips are growing rapidly in the misty rain but as we wait on them to get to harvest size, we are relying heavily on our perennial vegetables at the supper table. Some of our favorite spring flavors are asparagus, rhubarb and winter onions (aka Egyptian walking onions.) It is nice to have numerous perennials in the garden that don’t require planting each year, just some light maintenance and harvesting. Several take a few years to get established but if you are planning to stay on your property long term, getting these perennial crops started is a worthy investment. Continue reading

10 Tips To Get Your Home And Garden In Tip-Top Shape

garden accessoriesSpring has sprung! Well, maybe not quite yet, but it is certainly coming. And with it comes rain and rising temperatures. During this pre-summer season, it is the perfect time to start prepping your outdoor spaces for the hot, sunny summer days. Sure, maybe it did snow recently so it’s still too early to plant our gardens and mow our yards, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done! Here are ten steps to prep your garden and outdoor space, so everything is ready to go when warm weather and gardening season begins. Continue reading

What’s Happening On The Homestead: Garden Prep and Daffodils

seedlings

Gardening has begun here on our homestead. (Photo by Elizabeth Geiser)

After a slow and chilly start, we are excited for spring to appear in Ohio and it is luring the whole family outdoors to tackle spring chores around the farm. We are a homeschooling family so I consider many of our outdoor tasks as part of our learning experience and no one objects to abandoning books for a few hours to spend time in the sunshine. The teen boys are in charge of pruning fruit trees, our 10-year-old son is helping start seedlings and everyone pitches in to get the garden rolling. Continue reading

What’s Happening On The Homestead: Fresh Salad Greens And Seed Starting

Karen in her garden

Here I am working in my garden. (Photo by Elizabeth Geiser)

This blog kicks off a series of monthly updates of what is happening in my zone 6a garden which is just a mile down the road from Lehman’s store in Kidron, Ohio. The vision is to share garden tasks and include photos of what veggies and flowers are in season to inspire your garden adventures, however large or small your space.
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Spring Soil Prep For A Healthy Garden

garden soilLate winter is difficult, isn’t it? The urge to start working in the garden can be so strong it almost hurts. Sure, we can (and should) scratch that gardening itch by planting some seedlings indoors, but that doesn’t get us outside. Continue reading

Exciting News! Here’s Your Chance To Win A Rainbow Garden

Lehman's & Baker Creek Seeds Sweepstakes

Win a Rainbow Garden!

Lehman’s and Baker Creek Seeds are excited to announce our $1,000 sweepstakes! Click on the link below to register to win this fantastic rainbow garden, so you can make health and flavor the heart of your garden with this great giveaway. You will receive everything you need to move from plant to plate, like a seed voucher, gardening tools dinnerware and more. How deliciously simple!

Click here to enter and to learn more. Contest ends March 31, 2019.

Winter Is A Homesteader’s Time To Plan

winter gardeningWinter is a time of sleep and rest. The work is still there, and it’s not easier…in fact, it’s often harder when you’re dealing with ice and extra shelter and bedding, and worrying about animals being warm enough. (Note: They are…Mother Nature gives them a natural winter coat. It’s not uncommon to see my Great Pyrenees out in 0 degree weather lying in the snow!) Continue reading