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  1. Gardening plans for 2020?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    This year I am thinking about making single mounds for each major plant. Beans and peas would still be planted in rows. However, stuff like squash, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant... I am thinking about tilling up a 24 inch across circle, then filling it with manure, ash, bonemeal... etc. Picture...
  2. Heavy rains took toll on my garden - video

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Several days ago we had back-to-back gully washer storms that flooded portions of the garden. Let's just say, a good portion of my potato patch is rotting in the ground. Squash that was in portions that held water are dead, or dying. Pepper plants may not survive. Egg plant is doing well...
  3. Using a Car to Solar Dehydrate Peppers and Tomatoes

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Can a vehicle be used to solar dehydrate peppers and tomatoes? Saw this on an episode of Doomsday preppers, or something like that, so I decided to give it a try. A tray off of an electric dehydrator was used to hold the food, and a meat thermometer was used to measure the air temperature...
  4. Tabasco salsa recipe?

    Does anyone have a good tabasco salsa recipe? Maybe a tabasco and jalapeno pepper salsa recipe? I have four tabasco pepper plants that are loaded with peppers. Until this year I have never grown tabasco peppers, so I am a little unsure of what to do with them. I thought about trying my...
  5. Canning peppers and hot water bath

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Looking to can jalapeno peppers and was looking at some canning recipes. Several of the recipes say jalapeno peppers can be canned with a hot water bath. From my understanding a hot water bath is not hot enough to kill bot botulism. The solution used in canning the peppers is vinegar and...
  6. Article: Garden Update June 16, 2018 - Tomatoes, Peppers and Okra

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    The garden got off to a late start this year. In March we received so much rain the seeds rotted in the ground. It seemed like every couple of days we were getting a cold front. 2018 was the first year I had ever seen potatoes rot in the ground. All of this means the 2018 garden is running a...
  7. Pepper substitute

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading One of the things I've been looking for off and on. Think this'll do it and think I've seen it around. I'll have to keep an eye out this summer.
  8. Transplanting pepper plants?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Has anyone ever transplanted pepper plants? I planted a bunch of pepper plants in an area where the soil may have issues. Several years ago I had a large bonfire there, and for some reason the plants are not growing. Even the grass has issues growing there. I thought about digging the plants...
  9. Picked up some more pepper plants

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Decided to go ahead and get some more pepper plants in the ground. The local Walmart has their garden plants on sale, so I thought why not? I bought five more pepper plants for $2.94 each. Peppers usually do a good job of withstanding the Texas summer heat. All they really need is plenty of...
  10. Beans are starting to come up

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Snap beans are breaking through the soil. Peppers are getting established. Potatoes are not showing yet. Not included in the video, the tomato plants in pots are doing very well. We have had so much rain, I am worried about the pepper plants drowning. Some of them are doing well, some not...
  11. from sod to a garden?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I see a lot of discussion on the forum about how to start a garden. Do I double dig the soil with a spade, maybe a fork, purchase a tiller, have the neighbor plow the plot? What do I add for amendments? Where do I start? So many questions? If you don't have a plot to start a garden, then...
  12. Help Canning Jalepeno Peppers

    Food and water
    How can I can/jar Jalepeno peppers sliced up like one would find in a grocery store? Planted Jalepeno peppers for the first time and would love to be able to can/jar them all sliced up with juice. Thanks in advance.
  13. Stalled Seedlings

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Good Morning, My wife and I cut 400 square feet of sod last year and decided to live off of food we produced and preserved from our garden to the fullest extent we could. We did great putting away over 100 quarts of preserved tomatoes, pickles, zucchini, and peppers. This year we started our...
  14. Some Garden Pics :)

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Left to right, Garlic,Spinach,Lettuce/Turnips,Peas,Collards/Cabbage/Kale,Tomatoes,Peppers Asparagus In the Raised Beds,Couple more weeks to harvest for the year :) I Built this planter this year, we put in Carrots and Beats! Juicing Material! This is our 2nd Garden, I Rent the Lot next to us...
  15. My Survival Garden

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I have started my survival garden living here in West Kendall FL. With the Economy the way it is now and getting worse we have started it. My wife is loving this. I have tomato's, Garlic ( Yes i said Garlic it is grown to you can see if the photos), Jalapeno, Green Peppers, Stawberries and blue...
  16. Deer Advice?

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Posting a question for my dad- he has 10 acres surrounded by woodland so deer are a big problem for him. He has a gated portion of his garden, but he'd like to expand the garden outside of it this year, and he was wondering what crops he could plant that the deer will not touch. Here are the...
  17. Starting up a vegetable garden with limited space

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    I went out to Lowes today with the hope of putting together a "start up" vegetable garden. I've got 6 different vegetables spinach, carrots, Jalapeno peppers, broccoli, string beans, and tomatoes. I have no experience with planting but very anxious to learn. I picked up a Burpee Self Watering...
  18. Started my 2012 Garden Today

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    My wife and I are working on our first larger garden in 3 years. We previously lived in Belgium where we had a significant garden with lots of goodies. Living in Washington state, the region is very similar to what we had experienced in Belgium. Therefore, we're planting very similar foods to...
  19. First garden but old "Texas Native Soil" bag

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hheello, I have planted some Bok Choi, Carrots, Green Pepper, and Corn. I put about .35 sq foot from an old (>5 years) bag of "Texas Native Topsoil" "enriched". The bag is green but yellow highlites. Its about 1 sq meter +. My house is one side+ some hills, the setting sun (and some trees)...
  20. New urban gardner

    Farming, Gardening & Homesteading
    Hello folks, my friends and i are growing our own food :D, we have about 100 sq ft of land in southern California coastal area and are going to build some raised bed gardens, solar dehydrators,trash bag potatoes and pizza box ovens. As students we really have little money and we are looking for...