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Putting Up! (Ways To Make The Harvest Last)

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If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we call Kylo. It’s a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of thing.  We got a huge garden in this year and are gradually adding our animals. What blows me away is how wonderful the soil is here. I’ve been gardening in California for years and it is definitely an uphill battle–what with the water issues, intense heat, clay-like soil.  But here, it has been much easier and much more delightful to garden. Stuff actually grows here without so many tears.  The downside is that in Southern California I gardened year around. Here, you have 90-120 days. So, you better be movin’!

Today I sat down at my computer and my ten year old son walked by and said, “Whatcha doing?”  I replied, “Ordering a few things online.” He said, “Let me guess. Canning supplies.” #dontjudgeme Read More

Putting Up

{This post contains affiliate links. Clicking on or purchasing through an affiliate link costs you nothing, but lets you support this blog and the families who write it and love it.} ________________________________ If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we […]

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Excuse me, but your California is showing

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I am daily faced with the fact that I was born and raised in California. It’s in my blood. I love Maine. I love the people. I love the weather. I love the atmosphere. But, guess what? You can take the girl out of California….. Read More

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I am daily faced with the fact that I was born and raised in California. It’s in my blood. I love Maine. I love the people. I love the weather. I love the atmosphere. But, guess what? You can take the girl out of California…..

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Walking Through The Garden

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It’s the middle of May.  It’s been warm and dry and the garden is growing like mad!  Walking through the garden yesterday I found all of these amazing things!

Planted back in the winter, these artichokes are growing great!

Planted back in the winter, these artichokes are growing great!

See that little bit of red amidst all the green?  It couldn't be a ripe tomato!

See that little bit of red amidst all the green? It couldn’t be a ripe tomato!

The first ripe tomato! (5/21/13)  Normally we don't get our first one until late July!

The first ripe tomato! (5/21/13) Normally we don’t get our first one until late July!

Pomegranate blossoms.  Hopefully the tree won't fall over this year!

Pomegranate blossoms. Hopefully the tree won’t fall over this year!

2nd set of zucchini seedlings up and growing.  (The first set met their sad demise at the hand of unsuspecting gardener.)

2nd set of zucchini seedlings up and growing. (The first set met their sad demise at the hands of an unsuspecting gardener.)

Artichokes and Romanesco for dinner!  Yum!

Artichokes and Romanesco for dinner! Yum!

Looks like this year is going to be hot and dry which will definitely bring some challenges.  I’m thinking of adding some ollas to the garden especially around the tomatoes.  I’ve hesitated to buy them because they are expensive, but maybe if I only buy a couple at a time.   What are your favorite ways of keeping the garden watered?

(Linked to The Backyard Farming Connection, A Little R and R, Wildcrafting WednesdayFrom The Farm HopSmall Footprint FridayMaking Your Home SingMostly Homemade Monday and Thankful Thursdays)

It’s the middle of May.  It’s been warm and dry and the garden is growing like mad!  Walking through the garden yesterday I found all of these amazing things! Looks like this year is going to be hot and dry which will definitely bring some challenges.  I’m thinking of adding some ollas to the garden […]

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Answering Your Questions: How To Protect My Plants!

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Q. Reader Rebekah asked via Facebook: OK, Provision Room, I am still such a novice at this growing my own food stuff, but I was so inspired at your garden dinner last summer that I’m trying hard. So my question…last summer we yielded 1 strawberry and some creature got to it before we did. This year I see tons of little green guys peeking out, so how do I keep them safe from birds and/or bugs?

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A. Kristina, our resident gardening expert says: Good for you! The critters really do love strawberries and it can be very difficult to keep them from eating your prize fruit and veg possessions! You might try putting netting or even homemade wire cages over them to keep them safe for this growing season. I’ve had mixed results with those, though. It seems like little squirrely hands can just about get through anything! The easiest way I have found to grow strawberries specifically, is in hanging baskets. This will keep the squirrels out and they’re probably your real thieves.

For bugs, you can try laying what is called “black mulch” underneath the plants. This does two things. First it makes it hard for the bugs to get to the fruit but it also increase the ground temperature for the plants. Since strawberries like heat it should increase your yield as well as protect the fruit. For the home gardener you can just use a black trash bag as “mulch” underneath the plant and use rocks or stakes to keep it in place. Hope these ideas help!

Happy gardening!

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Q. Reader Rebekah asked via Facebook: OK, Provision Room, I am still such a novice at this growing my own food stuff, but I was so inspired at your garden dinner last summer that I’m trying hard. So my question…last summer we yielded 1 strawberry and some creature got to it before we did. This year […]

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Three Easy Steps to Raised Beds – ebook Release

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SPRING!

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Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.  Edgar Guest

I love Spring!  It is so full of life and hope!  After months of cold, I can feel the warmth coming.  Here in California we are admittedly spoiled by the good weather, but even for us the last few days have been cool and rainy.  I won’t let that stop me!  For several weeks now I’ve been planting my gardens.  I currently have in the ground potatoes, onions, snap peas, radishes, carrots, several varieties of kale, mustard greens, chard, lettuce, and spinach and just waiting to be planted are my tomatoes, peppers, and beans.  I’ve most certainly been bitten by the bug!

Have you been bitten by the Spring Bug yet?

Are you looking for ways to get your children involved in planting and caring for your garden?

Are you just not sure where to start?

Well, we have just the answer for you!

Just in time for Spring we’ve put together a little ebook to help get your garden started.

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If you have ever wondered how to build a raised bed this ebook is for you.  In just three easy steps you will be planting!  Seriously!  The method is so simple children can do it!  In fact, this would make a GREAT homeschool project for any of you homeschooling families who are looking for ways to get your children outside and involved in gardening.  Simple to follow instructions are included in the book along with plenty of pictures.

This is a super frugal approach to building raised beds.  Materials cost less than $50 per 4’x8′ bed including the soil enrichment materials.  And, you won’t have to lift a hammer or pick up a nail!!  And, we’re offering our little ebook for just $.99 to help it fit any budget.

So what are you waiting for?  It’s time to get the garden in!

Three Easy Steps to Raised Beds ebook.

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SPRING! Spring’s greatest joy beyond a doubt is when it brings the children out.  Edgar Guest I love Spring!  It is so full of life and hope!  After months of cold, I can feel the warmth coming.  Here in California we are admittedly spoiled by the good weather, but even for us the last few […]

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April Goals

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We have many new readers in The Provision Room!  So, let’s start by explaining our philosophy: BABY STEPS!
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So many blogs about preparedness and homemaking are OVERWHELMING!  At least for us.  There is so much to think about that we are just about paralyzed and do nothing.  So, we take our preparedness in BABY STEPS.  Every month we set small, manageable goals.  There’s no chance for failure with our plan.  The steps to preparedness are so little that they can easily be done in a month.  We can tell you from experience, in the last year we’ve gone from barely prepared for a brief power-outage to prepared with abundant pantries, safes, generators, gardens thriving and so much more.  Everything in BABY STEPS.  And everything WITHIN BUDGET!  (*high fives with our husbands!*)

And we always set one “BIG GIRL” step each month.  One larger project that needs our attention.  We share all these goals with you at the beginning of the month, 1) to keep ourselves accountable and 2) to hopefully inspire you to join us on the road to being READY FOR LIFE’S HAPPENINGS!

APRIL’S BABY STEPS:

1. Take our cooking vacation.  This is the little break we give ourselves every three months and we eat from our stored meals.

2. Continue doubling meals twice a week to stock the freezer.

3. Investigate a local canning kitchen before the Spring and Summer produce is in full swing.

APRIL’S BIG GIRL STEP:

Have our Spring Gardens fully put in!  This is the time of year we amend our soil if needed, put in the seedlings we’ve started indoors, the direct sow seeds and any plants we’ve picked up.  Check out Kristina’s ebook on raised bed gardening here: Three Easy Steps To Raised Beds.  If you are a novice gardener, this is a no-nonsense approach that is so easy, I bet your kids could handle it as a school project on their own!

Here’s a little encouragement, especially for our readers from Vicki West of Homestead Blessings!  You can do it!

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We have many new readers in The Provision Room!  So, let’s start by explaining our philosophy: BABY STEPS! [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncFCdCjBqcE?rel=0] So many blogs about preparedness and homemaking are OVERWHELMING!  At least for us.  There is so much to think about that we are just about paralyzed and do nothing.  So, we take our preparedness in […]

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March Goals!

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We have so many new friends here at The Provision Room!  If you’re just joining us, WELCOME!  We are all about prepping without panicking.  We are preparing our kitchen, pantries and gardens for “Life Happenings”–be that a natural disaster, sudden illness in the family, loss of work, new babies, unexpected company, etc.  We begin each month by posting our goals for the month.  We hope you’ll join us!  We’re all about baby steps.  Slow and steady wins the race, y’all!

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BABY STEPS FOR MARCH:

1. DOUBLE MEALS.  Approximately twice a week we will double what we make for dinner.  The extra meal will be tucked away in the freezer, recorded on our inventory sheet, and be there ready for a rainy day.  We won’t touch these meals because of lack of planning.  But we will use them for “Life’s Happenings”–if someone gets ill, if a neighbor needs a meal because of a death in the family or a new baby, if we get hit in our budgets and grocery shopping isn’t possible.  And every three months we’ll take a cooking vacation to eat up some of those meals so that our stash is always fresh!

2. Update our documents in the safe.  Last year about this time we made sure that we made copies of all important documents and put the originals in a safe and copies in the filing cabinet.  It’s tax season, so you likely have a lot of your documents out and in use.  This is a great time to make fresh copies and make sure you have everything you need safely stored.  If you haven’t purchased a lock box or safe, it would be a great use of your tax refund. Here are some documents to make sure you have stored:

  • Passports
  • Social Security Cards
  • Birth Certificates
  • Marriage Certificates
  • Wills and Power of Attorney
  • Bank Statement
  • Insurance cards and policies for home, car, health and life
  • Most recent three tax returns
  • Information for your house and/or car loans
  • Retirement (IRA/401K, etc.) and investment accounts

3. Start your seedlings indoors.  Most places in the country are now in that window of six weeks or so until the last freeze.  So, now is the time to start your seeds so that when the ground is ready you can hit the ground running!

Seeds planted on my sunny kitchen windowsill.  Just makes me happy!

BIG GIRL STEP:

SPRING CLEANING!  Do those words strike fear into your heart?  Or do they make you feel hopeful and ready for a new season?  Now is the time to look ahead to the busy sunny months.  It’s time to get the home looking fresh and deep cleaned so that come summer, we can kick back and relax!  This needn’t be a frenzied thing or a great burden to you, Mommy!  It’s a family thing!  Get everyone involved!  Assign jobs for everyone–including your husband and children!  Then everyone can take pride in your home together.  This month we’ll have some fun ideas to include your family in your Spring Cleaning, as well ideas for lifting it out of just the mundane and using it as truly spiritual exercise.

What’s that you say?  Spring Cleaning has spiritual implications?

Did you know Spring Cleaning has it’s roots in the Jewish tradition of Bedikat Chametz?   This is where the home needs to be thoroughly cleansed before Passover.  Houses are practically turned inside out in order to remove all leaven.  Furniture is moved and swept under.  The vacuum must tackle all the couch cushions.  All the cupboards are wiped clean.  This removing of all the leaven–including crumbs that hide, is a symbol of  removing sin–even the sin that hides–from our lives.

Along with the desire to fling open the windows of my physical home, there is a deeper connection and desire to fling open the windows of my heart.  Time for the Holy Spirit to shine the light of revelation on anything that is hidden, time to get rid of old things that are weighing me down, time for things to be fresh and clean and new!  Although, Spring Cleaning, be it of the house or the heart, is a daunting thing and is tough work, there is joy in it.

Will you join us?

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We have so many new friends here at The Provision Room!  If you’re just joining us, WELCOME!  We are all about prepping without panicking.  We are preparing our kitchen, pantries and gardens for “Life Happenings”–be that a natural disaster, sudden illness in the family, loss of work, new babies, unexpected company, etc.  We begin each […]

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Frugal and Healthy Meal Planning, Part 4

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In the spirit of Waste Not, Want Not, I thought I’d start this post telling you of my (seemingly) never ending chicken.  This past week I was blessed to have Kristina’s children staying with me while her husband spoke at a conference out of state.  That brought our family count to 11.  I stuck with my meal plan trying to add just a bit to the serving sizes.  And it has worked so well.  Let me tell you about that chicken, though:   Read More

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In the spirit of Waste Not, Want Not, I thought I’d start this post telling you of my (seemingly) never ending chicken.  This past week I was blessed to have Kristina’s children staying with me while her husband spoke at a conference out of state.  That brought our family count to 11.  I stuck with […]

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Prayer for the Week October 22 – Do Not Grow Weary

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“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”  Thomas Edison

This past weekend was filled with w-o-r-k.  Seriously hard work.  Read More

The new ladies exploring the stairs and roof of the coop.

“The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are, first, hard work; second, stick-to-itiveness; third, common sense.”  Thomas Edison This past weekend was filled with w-o-r-k.  Seriously hard work. 

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10 Day Give: DAY FIVE!

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No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth,

and no culture comparable to that of the garden.

–Thomas Jefferson

We are happy to announce that the recipient of yesterday’s give is…… Read More

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No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. –Thomas Jefferson We are happy to announce that the recipient of yesterday’s give is……