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6 Hacks for Growing a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes

6 Hacks for Growing a Bumper Crop of Tomatoes

Tomatoes are one of those crops that you really can’t grow enough of. Even if you’re not a big fan of fresh tomatoes, chances are you enjoy some tomato-based products on the regular. And that means that if you grow your own tomatoes, you can make those products at...

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Homemade Honey Brioche Bread Recipe

Homemade Honey Brioche Bread Recipe

* This post is sponsored by Nielsen Massey Fine Vanillas & Flavours. Recipe and opinions are my own. I’ve been working on my bread game lately. I always seem to get into “bread mode” in the middle of spring… ya know, when we’re up to our eyeballs in seedlings and...

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Homemade Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Homemade Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Hot cross buns. Hot cross buns. One a penny, two a penny, unless you can’t buy them from the store and have to make your own instead. Okay, that’s not really how the song goes. But those may as well be the lyrics right now because with the entire world shut down due...

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🐛 I’ve heard it said that “if something’s not eating your garden, then you’re not part of the ecosystem.”⁣⁣
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These little caterpillars are ALL OVER our red currant bush. There are so many we can actually HEAR them chomping on the leaves!!!⁣⁣
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I’m not sure if they’re a pest or some sort of future butterfly, but they seem to only like the currant leaves and the currants are still growing just fine.⁣ ⁣

(UPDATE: I’ve now learned that these are Gooseberry Sawfly larvae and are harmless to our other plants:)⁣
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We gathered some of them and fed them to our chickens, but otherwise we’ve just left these guys to do their thing. I figure if they’re not harming my main crops then no foul.⁣⁣
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We should always remember that even “pests” serve a purpose, and having an organic garden means we’ll be sharing at least some of what we’re growing with the critters around us. And that’s perfectly natural and okay! ⁣⁣
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So long as your crops aren’t being destroyed, ain’t no shame in sharing a little bit with the other creatures that make our world go round:)⁣
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#catterpillars #gardenpests #abugslife #chickensnacks #organicgardening
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🍅 If I had to choose the most valuable crop in our garden, it would have to be tomatoes.⁣

They're so versatile in the kitchen, so we grow tons of them every year, not just to eat fresh, but to preserve and provide us with most of our tomato-based needs all year long!⁣

Last year we got well over 300 pounds of tomatoes off of our plants, and were able to preserve most of the tomato-based products that we use in a year from our bounty. (I just finished our last jar of homemade tomato sauce last week and we're on our last jar of salsa now!)⁣

But we've had our share of struggles with tomato plants in the past. Common problems like blight and blossom end rot plagued our plants for a good two or three years until we started trying out different "hacks" that we'd learned from our own online mentors.⁣

Now we've got our tomato game down pretty much to a tee, and we get BUMPER CROPS of tomatoes from our garden by following a few simple steps to ensure healthy, productive tomato plants every year.⁣

So today I'm sharing my top 6 hacks for growing a bumper crop of tomatoes in your garden every year!⁣

They're all simple tips and tricks that anyone can follow, but you don't know what you don't know!⁣

So if you've ever struggled with growing tomatoes before or death with common diseases or poor fruit production, then this one's for you my friend:)⁣

Click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://thehouseandhomestead.com/grow-a-bumper-crop-of-tomatoes/ to get my top 6 hacks for growing healthy tomato plants at home!⁣

What about you? Do you have any tomato-growing “hacks”?⁣
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⁣#tomatoes #homegrowntomatoes #homegrown #growfoodnotlawns #humanswhogrowfood #homesteaderaofinstagram #bumpercrop #growfood #organic
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👩🏻‍🌾 This week has been a busy one! ⁣
We spent at least 4 hours last Saturday weeding the garden beds that were, quite frankly, embarrassingly overgrown with weeds😳⁣

Then we cleared some space in the front yard and made way for two new raised beds that will help us grow even more food at home this year!⁣

Of course then we had to build said garden beds, fill them with about 2o heavy wheelbarrows full of soil, construct tomato shelters to protect our plants from blight, and, and...⁣

Some days the work seems like it’s never ending. But we’ve found that if you work together as a family and remember to take time to stop and marvel at the plant and bug life, play with the chickens and enjoy a nice cold bevy at the end of the day, the hard work is more than worth the payoff in the end.⁣

Come join us in our very first “episode” on YouTube where we take you behind the scenes of our lives here on our little 1/4 acre homestead! And what better time to open up our garden gate to the world than in the spring:)⁣

Click the link in my bio @thehouseandhomestead or go to https://youtu.be/j0MH0TJ07vc to watch the full episode.⁣

And remember to hit “like” and subscribe while you’re there so you never miss a video:)⁣
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#spring #springonthehomestead #homesteadersofinstagram #humanswhogrowfood #springgarden #springgardening #growfoodnotlawns
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