Farm Garden Update

So, how is our lovely garden doing this year?  Well let me tell ya, it ain’t lovely, and it ain’t doing much!  Our first year gardening in Georgia has been a challenge, and the rewards for our hard work have been minimal.  But, (there’s always a but!) the effort we’re putting in this year, will mean better harvests in the future.  At least, here’s to hoping…

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It looked fairly well-kept in the beginning 😉

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Lazy Girl Marinara from Scratch!

Going to let y’all in on a little secret… I’m kind of lazy. I enjoy gardening and making things from scratch, which can be a lot of work. Sometimes, you just gotta find an easier way for things. I’ve found a lazier way of making marinara! You just need a slow cooker and an immersion blender, plus your ingredients. I love this method because this way I don’t heat up the house (our outside kitchen area is not ready yet) and I don’t have to babysit the sauce to avoid a scorched pot!

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Easy-peasy pickled banana peppers

A super easy way to use up some extra banana peppers is to pickle them!  Perfect on sandwiches, hot dogs, and even pizza, this recipe is a cinch to throw together and ready to eat in only two days.  No canning required!

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Planning the First Garden

Proper planning for a garden takes patience, research, and if you’re type A like me, a spreadsheet or two!  The first consideration is to figure out what we would like to grow and we had a list a mile long.  As this was to be our first garden in Georgia, and we would be planting in red clay soils and harvesting in much hotter temperatures, we decided that hardy heirloom vegetable types that were noted for performing better in the southern climate were the best choices.  Another consideration for us was that the garden space was previously home to invasive kudzu.  We did not want to invest a large amount of money and time into planting in a space that might be rendered unusable if we were not able to effectively eradicate the kudzu.  So small, hardy, Southern garden it was!

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We love Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds!

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Improving our Garden Soil

Dirt, soil, earth – whatever you want to call it – it’s an integral part of the garden, and soil health is a critical factor to gardening success.

Welcome to Part 1 of our Soil Health Series!  Today I’m going to introduce you to the stuff beneath our feet here at Fluster Farm.  Dirt, soil, earth – whatever you want to call it – it’s an integral part of the garden, and soil health is a critical factor to gardening success.  Great soil has a proper balance of sand, silt, and clay, is full of organic matter, and rich in minerals.  I used a couple of quick ways to assess soil health when we first started clearing our garden area.

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