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Eating Seasonally: Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad

May 14, 2015 – 10:53 am

Here’s a delicious seasonal salad we enjoy when spinach and strawberries are both ready to harvest in the garden.

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Organic Cabbage Moth Control

May 24, 2015 – 8:21 pm

Organic Cabbage Moth Control

I noted in my garden journal that I spotted the first cabbage moths of the year on May 15th (2015). I’ve been trying to keep my cabbage rows covered, but there’s other stuff growing in the bed that I’ve been harvesting (spinach mainly), and the peas are beginning to grow up the trellises and need to be out from underneath the cloth covering.

Organic Cabbage Moth Control

Now that my cabbage has been exposed to the moths, I’ve been checking them every day or two, removing the tiny cream colored eggs from underneath the cabbage leaves. You have to be diligent about it, they can be hard to spot. I scrape them off with my fingernail and squish them.

Organic Cabbage Moth Control

Yesterday I spotted the first of the hatching cabbage worms. They usually aren’t too far from a hole in the cabbage leaf. If they’re small I squish them on site. If they’re bigger I pick them off and feed them to the chickens.

I’ve spent the last 16 weeks nurturing these cabbage plants from seed, there ain’t no way I’m gonna let the insects have ‘em. They’re so close to being ready to harvest!

Picking eggs and caterpillars by hand, leaving no leaf unturned, is time consuming work. I’m kinda thinking it might be time I try using the natural pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Do any of you use it on your cabbage? Does it work well?

Next year I have to remember not to plant tall growing things with the cabbage so that I can keep them under cover through the cabbage moth season. Oregano, lavender, sage, and clover are supposed to be good companion plants to repel cabbage moths. Maybe I’ll pot some of the herbs up to put near next year’s cabbage bed.

How do you combat cabbage moths and worms naturally?

Emergency Preparedness: Personal Library Essentials

May 17, 2015 – 8:38 am
Building Your Survival Library 40 plus books you'll want to have!

“They say “Knowledge is power”, but in a survival situation it could mean more than that, it could mean life or death. The right kind of books can help you get through the hardest of times. Here are 40+ of my favorite books for emergency preparedness and survival.

Natural Remedies For Motion Sickness

May 16, 2015 – 10:19 pm
Xia and wristbands

No more kids throwing up in the car! Here are three things I do to keep carsickness at bay.

How To Freeze Strawberries

May 15, 2015 – 12:23 pm
How To Freeze Strawberries

Freezing strawberries is a great way to quickly preserve an abundant harvest to enjoy for months ahead!

In The Garden: May 2015

May 11, 2015 – 8:31 pm
In The Garden May 2015

A lot has been growing since my last garden update in March!
For the past few weeks, we’ve been harvesting asparagus, spinach, lettuce, and a few herbs. Strawberries are just coming in now, which is super …

How To Make Ink From Huckleberries

May 6, 2015 – 8:20 am
how to make huckleberry ink

This was a fun one for the kids and I to do together. Step-by-step instructions on how to make ink at home from berries.

Emergency Preparedness: Food Storage

April 26, 2015 – 8:29 am
thrive food storage

What foods you should store, how much you should store, where you should store it, and so much more. All the info you need to start building your emergency food storage today.

16 Delicious Flower Jelly Recipes

April 22, 2015 – 7:28 am
16 Delicious Flower Jelly Recipes

You won’t believe how many edible flowers can be made into a delicious flower jelly. You just might have some of these growing in your yard right now!

Dandelion Greens Salad

April 21, 2015 – 8:54 am
Dandelion Greens Salad Recipe

Did you know there’s food right under your feet? You’ll never go hungry when you know how to find it! Dandelions are an easy wild food for beginner foragers. Here’s a yummy recipe to get you started with wild edibles.

Solar: Installing A Power Transfer Switch

April 2, 2015 – 8:13 pm
breaker box and transfer switch

Connecting a transfer switch to our breaker panel was one more thing we had to do before we could disconnect from the grid. It enables us to run our home on either a generator or solar power, alternating between the two forms of power as necessary.

13 Condiments You Can Make From Scratch

March 29, 2015 – 7:53 am
Barbecue Sauce

Here’s a list of the most popular condiments you can make from scratch, with simple recipes using ingredients you can grow and harvest yourself!

How To Can Chicken On The Bone: Hot Pack and Raw Pack Methods

March 27, 2015 – 2:42 pm
two ways to can chicken legs

Here’s a step-by-step tutorial on TWO ways to can chicken on the bone: hot pack and raw pack methods.

My Interview With Tammy Trayer

March 27, 2015 – 1:45 pm
Mountain-Woman-Radio-Episode-91-Kendra-Lynne-NewLifeOnAHomestead

I recently had the privilege of being interviewed by Tammy Trayer of Trayer Wilderness on her Mountain Woman Radio Show. We had a great time talking about life as homesteaders, what it’s like living off …

Seed Potatoes and How To Plant Potatoes In A Raised Bed

March 25, 2015 – 8:14 am
colorful seed potatoes

What’s A Seed Potato?
The first time I ever heard someone talking about planting potatoes from seed, I wondered to myself, “Where are the seeds in potatoes? I’ve never seen seeds.” I was completely serious. I …

In The Garden: March 2015

March 22, 2015 – 10:40 am
underneath row cover

The cold weather crops are planted. Here’s what the start of our 2015 garden looks like.

How To Can Ground Beef In A Pressure Canner

March 18, 2015 – 5:08 pm
How To Can Ground Beef

Learn how to can ground beef for longer storage than a freezer, and quick meal prep!

Testing Out The New Hand Pump on Our Well

March 11, 2015 – 10:20 am
Jerry using hand pump on well

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet, but a few months ago we were finally able to afford to get a hand pump installed on our well. We went with a Simple Pump, because …