The Homestead

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This is our humble homestead…an acre of land in suburban Westchester County in New York. Built in 1923 by drunk hillbillies, our home has lots of character and we love it.

In 2007 our path to self sufficiency started with a garden in few self-watering containers.

In 2010, we graduated to a 4×12 raised bed garden using untreated cedar wood held together using aluminum raised bed corners.

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In 2010, we grew oregano, basil, sage, parsley, thyme, four types of tomatoes, zucchini, summer squash, carrots, beans, butternut squash, eggplant, and several varieties of peppers.

In 2012, we doubled the size of the garden and expanded the variety of plants. In 2013, we are hoping to continue to expand our growing capacity by adding another bed and try integrating some edible landscaping.

We try to keep the garden as healthy and chemical free as possible, using organic fertilizers and compost.

While not full fledged homesteaders or preppers, we’ve been trying to improve our self sufficiency. Not only is it cost effective and fun, I think our homemade jam and breads taste better than store bought products.

We have started making and canning our own salsa and jam, making granola and baking a few different types of bread. I hope to expand my repertoire this spring and see what else we can make on our own.

The next steps towards improving our ability to be more self reliant will include having our own beehives, making homemade soap and hopefully raising some chickens for eggs.

2014 GROW LIST

Supersweet 100 tomatoes, X3R Red Knight bell peppersRoma tomatoes,  Red Flame pepperRed Rocket pepperSweet Sunrise peppersKrimzon Lee peppers, Aurora peppersFarmers Wonderful watermelon,  Triumphe De Farcy beanssugar snap peasCheyenne Bush Squash (pumpkins)Marketmore cucumbersNorthern pickling cucumbers,  Romaine lettucePurple Haze carrots,   Sparkle strawberriesYukon Gold potatoesWando PeasGold Ball TurnipPurple Haze carrotsBloomsdale Long Standing SpinachChioggia Beets.

2013 GROW LIST

Cherokee Purple tomatoes, Granadero, tomatoes, Sun Gold tomatoes, Martha Washington tomatoes, Marketmore cucumbers, Northern pickling cucumbers, Krimzon Lee peppers, Romaine lettuce, Purple Haze carrots, Sweet Sunrise peppers, Carmen Pepper, Red Flame Pepper, Red Rocket Pepper, Basil, Fortex pole beans, Arcadia Broccoli, Sparkle strawberries, Yukon Gold potatoes, Imperial Star artichokes

2013 Second Season

Wando Peas, Gold Ball Turnip, Purple Haze carrots, Bloomsdale Long Standing Spinach, Chioggia Beets

2012 GROW LIST

Brandywine tomatoes, Cherokee Purple tomatoes, Granadero, tomatoes, Sun Gold tomatoes, Martha Washington tomatoes, Marketmore cucumbers, Krimzon Lee peppers, Romaine lettuce, Dragon carrots, Carmen Pepper, Red Rocket Pepper, Basil, Fortex pole beans, Arcadia Broccoli, Sparkle strawberries, Yukon Gold potatoes,

2011 GROW LIST

Brandywine tomatoes, Cherokee Purple tomatoes, Granadero, tomatoes, Diva cucumbers, Krimzon Lee peppers, Romaine lettuce, Touchstone gold beets, Dragon carrots, Amazing Cauliflower, Red Marble onions, Kale, Eight Ball squash, Carmen Pepper, Red Rocket Pepper, Basil, Arcadia Broccoli

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