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Modern Homesteading & Helpful Household Tips for Preppers
i recently harvested a good sized spring crop of cushaw squash (think green striped pumpkins with a neck). since i have this abundance (way beyond what i expected), i have been looking for things to do with them. i found this really easy recipe for pie. first, cook the cushaws down into pumpkin puree. i have lots of ziplock bags of puree in the freezer. first peel and remove seeds, then steam them, bake them, whatever then mash and bag them up.
incredibly easy pie recipe - makes 2 large pies.
4 cups pumpkin puree (homemade or canned :(
1 pkg cream cheese (8 oz) - warmed to soften
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
4 tsp pumpkin pie spice *
four large or six medium eggs
2 cups bisquick baking mix or other premixed bisquit mix ("jiffy" works well)
preheat oven to 350.
mix first 8 ingredients well in a large bowl
stir in bisquit mix.
spray two large flattish ovenproof bowls with baking spray (pam, etc)
pour batter into bowls (leave 3/4 inch of space)
bake for 1 hour, 20 min, reducing heat the last 20 min.
(if you don't have large pie plates/bowls, keep an extra baking dish handy just in case you end up with enough batter for 3 pies!)
*home made pumpkin pie spice
4 parts ground cinnamon
2 parts ground nutmeg
2 parts ground ginger
1 part ground cloves
1 part ground allspice
In these times of drought, I am much more mindful of every drop of water that is being used - or rather not used completely! I've been digging around a bit to find out more info about recycling water from showers. washing dishes and laundry....
Is anyone ahead of the curve on this ???
If so, please share!!!!!
At our bug out location, the full time residents pipe the grey water into the fruit trees. If things get real dry, we were talking about filtering the water through ponds with reeds and willows to help clean the water.
has been a real problem for us in our backyard garden for the last couple of years.
asked the local old school hardware store guy about it this year and he recommended powdered lime. It's a very finely ground white powder, very fine indeed. when planting peppers, tomatoes, et cetera, I'd dig the hole, drop a tbs of the lime in the hole, mix it in, then plant the seedling. did pretty good this year so far. I think it's a garden purposed version of this stuff: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcium_hydroxide; need to check the bag and post a pic of it, worked like a champ
we also use pelletized lime in the off season, just mix it into the top 4-6 inches of soil in the raised beds.
my understanding of the issue is, physiological issue from lack of calcium uptake. can be exacerbated by irregular watering (too much, too little) but if it's not in the soil in the first place you'll have a bad time of it.
Don't know if this is useful for ay of you. Hope it may inspire :)
Our first food garden this year, in containers, produced the same issues, splitting tomatoes and rotting blossoms.
Fortunately we're well connected in the horticulture dept and our sources targeted low calcium as the culprit.
I took handfuls of the calcium rock we throw to the chickens and dumped one or two in each pot of tomatoes etc. and it fixed the problem immediately.
Upon further investigation of successful gardening in our poor soils, I've discovered some interesting info.
#1 Missing minerals in the soil accounts for weak plants susceptible to infections from bugs, fungus, disease etc.
#2 Good composted soil combined with specific minerals should fix the issues.
#3 Bio-Char, a 'new' product may bind the minerals in place, along with holding water in the soil and providing an environment for beneficial microbes and bacteria.
We've prepared our soil for the next planting with compost, heavy in manure, duck weed harvested from our pond, chicken manure from the hen house, and have purchased specific garden minerals formulated for our area, and bio-char to apply once the garden goes in.
Since we've got three raised beds ready to plant each 8' x 4', I'm considering a test garden for the first year. The plan is to apply bio-char to one bed, minerals to another bed and a combination of minerals and bio-char to the third bed to compare the results.
I'm really looking forward to the the coming planting season her in Fl. I've purchased the Square Foot Gardening book and found that to be very helpful in planning the layout of the beds.
Hope this is some help to others. The temperatures and the drought have to be terrible to deal with.
Blossom end rot is usually due to a lack of calcium and magnesium. Crush up some egg shells and place in the holes where your seeds or transplants will go. Have also started seeds in egg shells and then planted the whole thing. No blossom end rot for me this year, first time ever. Hope I didn't just jinx myself.
Neem oil works very well but I have found, here in N. Fl. that spraying needs to be done every 4 days, not each week or 2 weeks as the instructions say. Sprayed the other day and 4 hrs later the bees, wasps, butterflies, etc. were still all over my zipper peas.
Do not use roundup anywhere near your garden. That stuff is deadly. Quit using it a couple years ago and bees, wasps, etc. have returned in droves. That shit is poison and has a helluva half life despite the claims made about it. Blessings to all.
The softened water contains heavy amounts of salt which is not good for your garden. You need a water source that bypasses the filtering process.