WHAT'S NEW ON THE HOMESTEAD?
Getting ready to say good bye to Summer and welcome in Autumn. Preparations around the farm will begin soon enough to get ready for Winter. But before that happens, we are enjoying the end of Summer and looking forward to the cooler temperatures of Fall. Fall is our favorite time to ride, and to just spend down at the barn. The animals are more comfortable, flies and mosquitoes aren't much of a nuisance and the air is clear and crisp. It is the perfect time to stop for a moment. To enjoy everything around us: the animals, nature, the weather. Before we know it, we will be at nature's mercy in the thralls of winter. But I refuse to think about that yet...it will be here soon enough.
by Mary A. Lainhart
by Mary A. Lainhart
Tomatoes abound, peppers, herbs, onions. Every year I start my vegetable plants. Last year I went overboard with trying a lot of different tomatoes and too many of each. I have a dilemma every year. It is always the same one. When I start my seeds I always put 2 seeds in each pot in case one doesn’t germinate. If they both germinate, I take one out and put it in it’s own pot. Do you see where this is going? My logic is, if it had the strength to grow, I’m going to let it and I don’t have the heart to just throw it out. I know… they are seedlings. So, in effect, I potentially end up with twice the amount of plants that I intended on. When it comes time to hardening off and planting them in the garden, I put the strongest ones in one garden bed, but the weaker ones, I still can’t part with, so they go in another garden bed.
This spring, I was off to a good start. I cut down on the varieties I wanted and how many of each I started. When Memorial Weekend came (my scheduled date for planting my garden usually) my plants looked so small and spindly I doubted any of them would survive. I went to a garden store and found the same heirloom tomato plants and purchased one of each and a variety of pepper plants. Even though I had the bigger plants, I still had to give the little seedlings I started a chance. Everything got planted in the garden and tended to the same.
The summer was terribly hot and humid. It was truly unbearable weather that we are not accustomed to in Central New York for long stretches of time. Typically we will have a week or two stretch of very hot and humid weather and then we go back to average temperatures. This year we had months of hot, humid and drought. I don’t remember a summer like this is. Buck faithfully watered gardens almost every day. My flowers looked stressed and sad for most of the summer. My vegetables were hanging in there, but not thriving. About a month ago, we finally started getting rain in fairly good amounts regularly. I got lazy with daily trips to the garden to check on things, because not much had been happening out there. NOW it is a jungle! The tomato plants seem to have arms that grab you as you walk by. All of them! The ones I started from seeds and the ones I bought. Same for the peppers. You would never know the difference between them. I forgot to mention the tomatoes that seeded themselves from last year outside of the raised beds. Yeah, they looked healthy so I left them there too. They now have fruit on them also.
Monkey, our barn cat, is pretty happy her catnip lived through the summer
Days are getting shorter now. I am ready to finish harvesting my bounty and soon I will put my garden to bed for the winter. It won’t be long before bow season starts and we will be harvesting different food. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I am excited to put the weather from the summer behind me and enjoy the crisp temperatures of Fall and the fresh cool air. I don’t want to rush things too much… because everyone in central NY knows that Autumn is short lived and Winter will be taking hold before we know it.
FRESH HOMEMADE SALSA
4 pounds of tomatoes, whatever kind you have on hand
1/2 of a medium sweet onion, peeled
2 small jalapeno peppers (more or less depending on your heat preference)
1 medium sweet pepper
2 garlic cloves, minced
Large handful of cilantro or basil
2 tsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 of a lime, juiced
Salt and Pepper to taste
1. Roughly chop tomatoes, onions, sweet peppers and jalapeno peppers
2. Add all ingredients to the food processor
3. Pulse until desired consistency
4. If salsa is too watery for your taste, remove some liquid by straining through a small colander
5. Enjoy with chips or on your favorite dish
Click on recipe card for a printable version of recipe
Each month we will share ways on how to safely use essential oils on your equines and your other pets. These are recommendations and not all inclusive uses of essential oils for your animal. Remember, all animals are individuals - so observe their behavior as you use essential oils (or anything) to see how they react to them.
WAYS TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS:
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How to Use
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Aromatic: Diffuse up to 1 hour 3 times daily.
Caution: Keep out of reach of children. For external use only. Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult a health professional prior to use.
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