Nothing like the richness of making your broth. In this case I made vegetable broth from my vegetable scraps bag I keep in the freezer. When the bag gets full I pull it out of the freezer and put it in the Crockpot with some filtered water (not quite to the top of the Crockpot-it can boil over) and let it cook on high for about an hour then I turn it down to low and let it cook overnight. As you can see in the pictures it turns a deep amber color and tastes delicious
This recipe makes almost 2 quarts of vegetable broth. I used some in with our beef roast so I ended up with 1 quart jar and 1 pint jar. Since I have other things from the first picture to preserve yet I may go ahead and pressure can the vegetable broth for later use.
By making your own broth you can control what goes into it and your body. No salt is added to this recipe but dried herbs would make a great addition to the flavor.
Most of us know we need to fertilize our plants but honestly that was the extent on my knowledge. I’ve referred back to my notes again which I’m so glad I have even if I can’t read my own writing sometimes.
N-nitrogen helps with the leaf growth.
Here’s an example of too much nitrogen- my tomatoes were huge plants full of leaves but no fruits were growing.
P-Phosphorus helps the roots of the plants and flower & fruit development.
K-Potassium helps to regulate the nutrients the plant gets.
Calcium, Magnesium and other micro nutrients are required for healthy plant growth. For my own personal knowledge I’m going to do research more on micro nutrients because what feeds my plants also feeds me and my family too. A soil test will help you to determine what kind of fertilizer you will need in your soil for overall plants health & growth.
After going through my notes on Zone 7b which we live in I wanted to share what I learned because I didn’t know this information previously. There are a lot of new people moving into our area so I hope this will help some of you because growing here is definitely a challenge. We have 140 growing days in total unless of course you have a greenhouse. I’ll do more posts on staggered planting, square foot method and fertilizer another time.
Here we are almost the middle of June 2022 and we still don't have all the beds planted yet but I've been working on that today. The upper garden beds 1, 2 & 3 are almost done. Bed 1 has sugar snap peas, Bed 2 has bush green beans and Bed 3 has corn, potatoes and sunflowers so far. There is about 8" x 4' section in bed 3 and bed 2 has about 2' x 2' section for more plants I just haven't decided what's going there yet. It will probably squash since I have several varieties started. Beds 4 & 5 still need to be planted as well. I’m so excited to see how things grow this year and I’ll share updates as the season progresses.
Hello I'm Michele & I'm the matriarch of the Leverone Family Farm. I'm a wife, a mother of 2 grown/married sons and have 5 adorable grand kids.