Gummy Zucchini Candy Recipe – Naturally Sweetened

Naturally Sweetened Zucchini Gummy Candy Recipe - Tastes like commercial gummy treats with no artificial flavors, colors or refined sugar.

Overwhelmed by zucchini or summer squash?  Make some zucchini gummy candy!  I saw a recipe online that made them with drink mix and sugar, and coated them with more drink mix – more sugar and artificial color and flavor than I prefer.  So I decided to experiment with a simpler version using fruit juice concentrate.  It worked out great!

Naturally Sweetened Zucchini Gummy Candy Recipe

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My Worst Gardening Mistake

Parsnip Burn - my encounter with phytophotodermatitis (PPD) after a morning in the garden. Learn what it is and how to avoid it and treat it if needed.

It was a series of unfortunate events, or perhaps the perfect storm of things I just shouldn’t have done.  If I had realized what the results would be when I was doing it, it would have been simple to prevent, but the pain didn’t start until two days later.  By then, the damage was done, and the only thing I could do was treat the symptoms.  I’m sharing my story here so you don’t make the same mistake I did, and end up with parsnip burn, AKA Phytophotodermatitis (PPD). [Read more...]

Homestead Update and July Garden Tour

Homestead Update and July Garden Tour

People often ask how I get everything done.  The short answer is, I don’t.  We make to-do lists, I have a scheduling notebook, and an online calendar, but sometimes things simply don’t get done.  This is one of those weeks.  In spite of my best intentions, a few big, time sensitive projects dominated the week.  On Monday, I thought I’d quick video garden tour so you could all see what really goes on behind the scenes here at Common Sense Homesteading.  (I don’t know about you, but I always enjoy investigating other people’s gardens.)

What I thought would be quick and easy turned into a very time consuming and aggravating mess.  Between our slow internet connection, youtube editing combining sound from one video with pictures from another video,  youtube simply eating three videos (WTH???), and my utter lack of experience with video editing, it was ugly.  I started Monday, and am still reloading damaged videos on Saturday.  Oy.  I hope you still enjoy the garden tour, in spite of the wind and rather primitive video.

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5+ Terrific Tomato Trellis Ideas

Tired of wimpy tomato cages? Check out these homemade tomato trellis ideas that are wind resistant, tall, short, funky and budget friendly to find the right one for your garden.

Tired of wimpy tomato cages?   In this post, I’ll be sharing my tomato trellis system, as well as several other tomato trellis ideas from my homesteading blogger friends.  We have trellises that are wind resistant, tall, short, funky and budget friendly, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find something that works in your garden. [Read more...]

Sustainable Methods for Dealing with Drought

Dealing with Drought - 3 organic strategies to make your farm or garden more drought tolerant so you can still produce a crop when rain is scarce. #drought #organicgardening

Given the wild weather that’s been thumping parts of the U.S. and the rest of the world, I wanted to share an article I found recently titled, “Sustainable Methods for Dealing with Drought” by Dr. Phil Wheeler.  While the author is primarily focused on farm scale production, the advice is just as good for the home gardener trying to feed their family.  I’ll include my notes and additional resources in italics. [Read more...]