Tag Archives: Summer

Homestead Hack: Repurposed Plastic Jar For Deep-Soak Watering

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Summer is hot & humid in our part of NE Texas & I’m doing all I can to keep my plants watered.  A cistern mishap involving a split hose drained all the rainwater from my 18′ deep cistern. WOW! So I’m trying to conserve water as much as possible.

I came across a large-mouth bottle with a built-in grip on the handle and a metal-center lid. Then the thought occurred to me – maybe I can use this to keep my container garden of spinach watered.

You remember my battle cry, “Use WhatCha Got!”. Check out this homestead hack.

Keeping Potted Plants Watered In The Summer. I've repurposed a wide-mouth plastic jar into a way to easily deeply water my potted plants. Check out this homestead hack! #TexasHomesteader

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Vegetable Garden Update: July

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WHEW – the temps have really heated UP here in NE Texas!  As it typically does during our summer months, the forecast has lots of 3-digit temps promised and no rain for weeks on end.  I’m doing what I can to keep everything watered, I’m using a *terra cotta stake using a repurposed water bottle to keep the porch planters watered, my rain barrel is so far keeping the back yard trees watered, but a mishap involving my cistern hose splitting and draining the entire rainwater content of our 18-ft underground cistern means I may have to amend my strict ‘no potable water on the ground’ rule.  So far other than the whole rainwater thing, the garden’s growing GREAT – come check it out!

My Veggie Garden Is Growing GREAT - I'm harvesting fresh produce each & every day! Come stroll through my garden with me. #TexasHomesteader

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Repurposed Water Bottle Plant Watering System

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WHEW! It’s summer in Texas, and as it typically does it’s turned hot and DRY!  I’m doing everything I can to keep my outside plants watered.

I have a few footed concrete planters that I have on my porch holding things such as chocolate mint, spearmint and my favorite herb Thyme!

I struggle to keep the potted plants healthy & watered. And I’ve lost plants and had to repurchase and replant them repeatedly in this cement planter over the years! Thankfully the Plant Nanny folks agreed to send me one of their terracotta plant stakes to try.

I tested a Plant Watering System that uses a porous Terracotta stake & a repurposed water bottle, but how did it work? #TexasHomesteader

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Vegetable Garden Update: June

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The garden got off to a slow start this year due to family illness and changes in the garden area itself.  We ripped up the raised beds and built a fence separating the garden into 2 parts – one part for a more-efficiently laid out garden and the other part for the chicken run. 

I’m loving the symbiotic relationship between chickens & garden and so far it’s working great!  But now it’s June and the garden is really ramping up for the year. C’mon through my garden gate and see what’s going on…

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3 Simple Ingredients for Less Toxic Weed Control

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I’ve re-worked my vegetable garden this year by ripping up the raised beds, splitting the fenced garden area in half and making 1/2 of the area into the chicken run, the other half remaining for my veggie garden.  Although the garden has less space than before, it’s set up more efficiently so it should grow roughly the same produce with less maintenance – gotta love it! 

In an effort to finally win the war against Bermuda grass I’ve lined the perimeter of the garden with flattened heavy-paper feed sacks and topped those sacks with thick layers of Bark Mulch I Got For Free.  But since we plopped our garden area right into a cattle pasture, Bermuda grass can still encroach from all around it.  My hope is that any Bermuda grass runners will have to run the entire width of those walkways to reach my garden and perhaps I can keep the grass eliminated that way.  I’ll just spray grass killer around the perimeter of the garden when needed.  Whaaaa….???!!!  Grass killer sprayed around our food??!!  Are you CRAZY??  Read on, dear friends…

A Non-Toxic weed killer in the garden! I wonder if I can use a less toxic grass & weed control... As it turns out, YES! #TexasHomesteader


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Preparing For The Storm – Maintaining The Storm Shelter

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I have a healthy respect/fear for tornadic storms!  Last year RancherMan arranged to have an underground shelter installed for me so I can feel safe when those winds start blowing. How much do I love him for that!!?

I’ve written about the installation of our Storm Shelter. So if you’re thinking of having an underground shelter installed be sure to check that post out to see some of the considerations we made.

I also published another post about what we decided to Stock In Our Storm Shelter. If you already have a storm shelter this post shares what we decided to store down there. (and what we decided NOT to store).

But now that the shelter’s been installed & stocked, what kind of upkeep does it need? C’mon & I’ll show you what I’m doing now to prepare for those spring storms!

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Homestead Hack: Heat-Free Peeling for Fresh Tomatoes

by Texas Homesteader

We’re often harvesting from our gardens way more tomatoes than we can use. But there’s so much work that goes into growing those flavorful orbs.

All the way from planting tomato seeds or seedlings, weeding and watering, staking and nurturing the plant until it gives up its sweet harvest of summer – the much-coveted garden tomato!

An easy way to peel a fresh garden tomato is to dip it in boiling for a few seconds until the skin splits. But a typical summer here in NE Texas involves much heat & humidity and I don’t want to add any of that to our home. 

What’s a southern gardener to do?

HEAT-FREE Peeling For Fresh Tomatoes - I don't want to add heat and humidity to our home. What's a southern gardener to do? Check out this Homestead Hack #TexasHomesteader

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ZUCCHINI Noodles with Leftover Chicken & Herb-Bombs!

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This time of year many gardeners that are absolutely sick of zucchini. They’ve already eaten as much steamed zucchini side dishes and made it into every casserole they can think of. They’ve passed much of their zucchini overload on to friends, family and even complete strangers (why can I never run into these gardeners??! LOL) 

I’ve heard about using zucchini for low-carb noodles and I was intrigued. Although RancherMan & I don’t specifically strive to eat low-carb, I do try alternatives when I can find a tasty one and we both love zucchini anyway so…  Check it out!

I've heard about using zucchini for low-carb noodles and I was intrigued. I do try alternatives when I can find a tasty one - check it out! #TexasHomesteader

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