Homemade Tomato Soup| Canning Tomato Soup| Tomatoes| Gardening

Anybody else watching their tomato plants put on lots of green fruit?? Me, me! *hand raised* As I’m waiting for my first ripe tomatoes, my mind is already jumping ahead to canning season! Now, I’ll be honest, canning season is not my most favorite part of gardening.  I love the planting and the tending and the harvesting.  And I love seeing rows of colorful jars full of my season’s hard work lining my pantry shelves. But, the actual canning part? Yeah, not my most favorite. On that note, though, I have a fabulous, amazing, mouth-wateringREAD MORE

Learn how to make the best tomato cages! #tomatoes #gardening #homesteading #growingtomatoes #beginnergardener

Hey guys! So, a couple weeks ago, a reader asked me about my tomato cages after seeing this picture Because of that, I decided to do a tutorial on how to make them and where to get all of your supplies! Before we get started, let me give you a little tomato tip- tomato plants produce more when they are staked in some sort of fashion!  I have read this numerous places, plus I have experienced this in my own garden.  Last year, I didn’t quite have enough cages, so I let a couple plantsREAD MORE

tips for beginning gardeners, vegetable gardening, homesteading

The feel of dirt between your toes, the taste of a fresh garden tomato, the sound of busy buzzing bees…. sounds heavenly, right? Gardening is a time honored endeavor to grow your own food and gain some self sufficiency.  Generations ago, it was a necessity.  Now?  It’s a way to get back to the land and reconnect with life. But, what if you didn’t grow up in a family of gardeners?  Where do you start with growing your garden? After 15 years of gardening on my own, I’ve got 5 tips to help you startREAD MORE

So last week, I FINALLY started and finished my canning!  Hip-hip-hooray! On one hand, I actually enjoy the process and the feeling I get as I gaze at all my lovely jars filled with garden goodness, but on the other hand, the canning itself takes so much equipment and set up. I’ve been putting tomatoes in the freezer as they’ve been ripe, plus I had tomatoes left over from last year still in the freezer, so I spent four days and got them all done. This year, I tried something different. I have had aREAD MORE