7 Things Saturday 7-21-18

A Saturday mix of things I want to share or found interesting throughout the week. This could be anything from anywhere, you never know what you’ll see.

 

Thing 1

A good podcast episode I heard this week was from The Urban Farm Podcast with guest Amy Stross from tenthacrefarm.com talking about using permaculture practices to grow food in the suburbs. I’ve been following Amy’s blog for years so when I seen she was a guest on the podcast I was quick to listen. I think you will really enjoy and be encouraged by what she has to say. Check it out.

Amy Stross on Growing Food in the Suburbs

 


 

Thing 2

Something we have done for both of our grandchildren is make their baby food from the garden. Squash, beans, beets (baby’s choice for favorite), apples, and pears are a few of the garden goodies we make baby food from. A few folks have asked me how we make it and it’s pretty simple. 

We simply boil whatever we are making until it’s soft and tender. We then puree it in our Ninja blender until we get it to the desired consistency.

Ninja Personal Blender

 

We then put the baby food in packages using the Kiinde Foodii Starter Kit. You simply fill the pour cup with your baby food and squeeze into the individual bags which can kept the refrigerator or freezer. We usually freeze quite a bit and just keep a couple at a time thawed in the fridge.

Kiinde Foodii Starter Kit

 

 


 

Thing 3

This is a photo from this mornings harvest from a stroll around the garden. I’ve actually had people tell me you can’t grow enough food on a small city lot to make a difference, so it isn’t worth it. I disagree, we get dozens of harvests like this one throughout the spring, summer and fall and all of this comes from a tenth acre property in the middle of town.

So be encouraged friends, you can grow a lot of food in small places and make a real difference.

 


 

Thing 4

A YouTube Channel I watched quite a bit and think they have a lot of great gardening advice and examples is Grown To Cook. They share Permaculture gardening tips and tricks from there garden in the Netherlands. I really think you should check out this channel.

Grown To Cook

 


 

Thing 5

This has been an especially abundant year for cucumbers and while we love pickles and relish and having some to snack on, we do have a lot and I’ve been looking for ways to use them all up. So I ran across this article from Jade’s Homemade Recipes titled “Cool Cucumber Salad – Two Ways”. Fantastic and delicious way to use up a few cucumbers.

 


 

Thing 6

If you are an Amazon Prime customer you might want to consider adding a channel package to your subscription. I signed up for the 7 day free trial for the Inside Outside House and Garden Channel from the BBC because there are a ton of great gardening shows on this channel. I believe it’s available through other subscription services as well like Roku and YouTube. Worth checking out especially if you can get a free 7 day trial.

 


 

Thing 7

I was needing more seeds for my fall planting so I decided to go ahead and purchase a seed package that will supply me seeds for next spring as well. It is a package from a seed supplier that I have purchased in the past and was very happy with the seed quality and variety. It’s the 64 Variety Garden Heirloom Package from theseedguy.net.

If you’re looking to purchase some seeds, check them out.

 

 

Harold

Harold

Homesteader, Blogger and Podcaster at Small Town Homestead
I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.
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Harold

I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.