Monday, July 6, 2015

I'd just like to take this time to thank the 1000's of visitors that we get here at The New Century Homesteader blog. It has been a busy spring and summer already with writing, meeting deadlines, getting berries picked, cleaning out, looking for sponsors, etc.

Please keep dropping in. There will be new posts, new little projects, some FYI's and other random farm, garden and food thoughts!

Berry Time!

The wild berries ripening are all over 1840's Farm. I'm getting these ready for the freezer. I like to spread them out on a cookie sheet first and let them freeze a bit, just so they don't freeze into a giant berry block. Then I'll bag them for pie making later on when I have the time.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Getting a Small Garden Ready

Sometimes you only have time to put in something small. But they can still have a bit of character.  I love the little old mini barn at the 1840's Farm. My mom actually used to keep her horse in it when she was a kid.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Yeow.....was doing some research in St Augustine for a book and stopped for lunch at Meehan's Backyard Island Cafe. Ordered the Monster Burger. HUGE....but so delish!  Slaw, goat cheese, bacon.....not something you'd have daily (or weekly) but what a treat!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Pineapple Update

Checking in on the little pineapple that we have been following on Facebook, it is now actually looking like a pineapple, albeit a "mini me" version. Still a long way to go.

The plant itself is also beginning to sprout "pups" (second pic). These are new little plants forming that will eventually produce a fruit themselves. This plant has 2 "pups starting so far.

A pineapple plant fruits only once.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Home Made Garden Posts

A fron came off of one of the coconut palms the other day during a heavy wind. I have been trying to decide what type of support to use when I transplant my vanilla orchid. (Yes...the same plant that can produce vanilla pods.)

This morning, as I was moving the downed fron, I got to thinking that I could put at least part of it to good use.

So.....I cut off either end of the fron, leaving the center stem at the length that I desired. Then, I cut the leaves from the stem.  Sealing the 2 cut ends, the stem is now ready to use as a plant support. Because I cut this one long, I will be using it for my allspice tree, replacing the shorter supports. (Replacment in progress in last photo.)

Oops....just heard another fron go down in the wind. This one will be for the vanilla orchid!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Interview Tomorrow

I will be on the Sharon Kleyne Hour tomorrow, May 4th, at 1pm EST. The scheduled topic of discussion will be growing a garden in small spaces. I hope you will be available to listen in!