Homesteading Blog Love #10

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It’s back!  Have you missed the Homesteading Blog Love?  I have to admit – I sure have!

 

This week’s edition will be directed at gardening and foraging, because, well, it’s that time!   Our big garden expansion has been completed and it is waiting patiently to be filled with all things awesome – tomatoes, parsnips, beets, beans, corn….  Hungry yet?

 

This past week, our family joined in on the Local Bite Challenge.  As a part of the challenge, I have been striving to do more farmers market shopping.  Last weekend we did just that – and I came home with a purchase I had been contemplating for over a year: Shiitake mushroom plugs!  Imagine my joy when my friend Erin at Blue Yurt Farms put out a post about growing Shiitake mushrooms that very same week!  It’s a sign, I tell ya – I was MEANT to grow these ‘shrooms.  Seriously.  Click on the link above or the pic below to head to her site.  Looking for your OWN Shiitake mushrooms plugs?  Head here!

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pic via blueyurtfarms.com

One thing that I learned about homesteading very early on was that space is at a premium!  There is never quite enough room to do what I want, WHERE I want to do it.  Following me here?   Attainable Sustainable has realized just that – and is utilizing a slightly unconventional area of her property to grow veggies.  Be SURE to check out what she’s doing by clicking here or on the pic below!

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Pic via attainable-sustainable.net

 

This past week, I started reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.  At the start of this book, she talks about the patience required for starting an asparagus bed.  Confession:  I had NO IDEA you had to wait so long to harvest asparagus!  Why the heck didn’t I start a bed when we moved here?!  Ah well, maybe this year, right?  The Jahner Farmstead is practicing their own patience with their asparagus bed – and teaches us the basics in this post.  See that thumbs-up down there?  That’s the Jahner Farmstead telling me to “go for it!”

 

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pic via jahnerfarmstead.com

Do you forage?  I would LOVE to start foraging, but so far, I have only ventured as far as the dandelions in my yard.  Little Mountain Haven forages for nettles – yes, stinging nettles – and makes a mean veggie burger with them.  Who’d of thunk?  I have GOT to try this recipe!

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pic via littlemountainhaven.com

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My “queen” of foraging info this week has got to be Learning and Yearning.  She taught us about foraging for ramps (or wild leeks) in this post, tells of a mouth-watering Watercress soup here, and introduces us to a helpful book on cooking with foraged greens over here.  Whew!

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pic via learningandyearning.com

 

Last, but CERTAINLY not least, Green Eggs & Goats shares their recipe for Dandelion Jelly – This certainly sounds like Spring in a jar!  On my list for canning this year!!

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pic via greenseggsandgoats.com

Feeling inspired to start foraging and get your Spring garden rolling?  I sure am!   Do YOU have any great gardening and foraging tips?  Share them with us below!

 

Looking for more foraging resources?  Click below!

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