Only in northern Minnesota — 23 Comments

    • Yes, you can. The recipe is in my book, Growing and Canning Your Own Food, available through BHM. If you don’t have it, let me know and I’ll give you the recipe.

  1. You guys are busy bees, you make me tired just reading about homesteading. Your front porch is pretty and so inviting. Hope the weather corporates for you.

  2. Looking at that pretty porch makes me think of the little camper with the lean to for David and the propane heater. WOW you’ve come so far!

  3. Cool in the south with rain and 50s tonight. However, getting squash, peppers and cucumbers daily, provider beans and bill bean tomatoes setting big fruit. Punta bundas are just about ripe to pick. Haven’t had frost in 2 months thank the good Lord. Oh jackie, hope it’s warm nights for you soon.

  4. Just wondering where to buy Reed Canary Grass.. We live in NH and I cant seem to find it at all.. Thanks, love your blog..

  5. Here in Copper Basin, Alaska we only get 90’s once in a blue moon but if the point forecast for our area on National weather service says 40 for the night we check the electronic themometer every time we wake up. Other weather stuff can get you, a couple weeks ago a friend had just transplanted a hundred large broccoly plants andnd inches of hail pretty well destroyed them. We only got a little ten miles away. Hope the squash and mellons made it. We can only grow that kind of plant in the hoop house.

    • We covered everything with hay and it survived 27. Whew! We, too, live by the weather radio and thermometer. Yep, every time it rains we pray “No hail, ho hail…please…”

  6. Ugh weather! We are still waiting for SPRING here in Northern New Mexico! Having to wear a coat in June! UGH!!!

    Your porch looks beautiful!


    • Yep. When I was out in my pj’s covering crops, I got so cold, despite a wool shirt that it was morning before I warmed up!

  7. We have had crazy temps like really warm then low 40s to mid 30s. Hard to know how things ate going to grow. So glad you were able to save all the hard work that you and your helpers have done.

    • We are always so grateful when we uncover crops that are happily unfrozen! Hopefully, that’s the last, last night at 27.

  8. 90s one day, 30s the next is what I call welcome to spring in the Midwest. Has happened here too. I usually don’t have much sympathy for those in my area who go into overdrive the first nice days we have. Except for cabbage and potatoes, I don’t plant anything earlier than May 15. At that point, I check the long range forecast and plan accordingly. Glad you were able to get your plants protected – not easy when one is in his/her 20s/30s/40s – definitely more of a challenge as you get older. Upside is not much more to do to mulch the tomatoes.

    Tires for our skid steer aren’t *quite* that expensive but still not cheap. Thankfully we can handle changing them ourselves. So far, thankfully, all our tire changes have been when the equipment is close to the house. I just remind myself of how much time and energy the skid steer saves us. Makes the cash outlay a bit less painful.

    • Yep, a skid steer is on my list of “must haves” someday soon. We, too, live by the weather radio and wait to plant until nearly June and that’s potatoes. Now we’re crazy busy planting.

      • You’ll be able to make much shorter work of trees and path clearing once you have one. We don’t regret the initial cash outlay for ours (used). Twenty years later, still going strong. Hauling wood back to the storage/splitting area using the bucket is an added bonus. I’d encourage anyone using chains in the woods to paint the hooks a bright, fluorescent color – makes finding a chain in the woods a heck of lot easier.

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