It’s my pleasure to introduce to you our very own Modern Urban Homesteader. Michelle lives just outside the Big Apple and manages to do the things Urban Homesteaders do! At Mrs. Garden Girl, you’ll find posts about things Michelle enjoys like reading, gardening, cooking, baking, and sewing. Let’s give Michelle a warm SITS welcome!
Tell us about your blog. Does the title describe what we can expect when we visit?
My blog is really all about urban homesteading. It is about my website www.woodlotfarms.com . I cover everything from gardening, cooking/baking, making your own clothes, raising chicken hens, conserving energy and being more self-sufficient.
You are a gardener. How long have you been gardening and what is your favorite thing about gardening?
My husband and I have been gardening for 4 years now. My favorite thing about gardening is the sense of security it gives me. I know that whatever is going on in the world and the rising food costs that I have fresh, organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and eggs to feed myself and my family. I know there are no pesticides or hormones pumped into it. It is all organically grown. We also make our own compost so I also know what is in our soil. We save all the seeds for next year’s crop and we dry all the herbs for use all winter long. It is very satisfying. I only wish we had a longer growing season.
What is your favorite thing to grow? Why?
Some of my favorite things to grow are tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons, berries, potatoes, broccoli and carrots. There is nothing like the taste of fresh homegrown produce. Gardening is fun, its gets me outside soaking up the sun and reminds me to eat and live a healthier lifestyle. It is comforting to be able to walk out my back door with a basket on my arm and pick dinner for the night. It is also interesting to learn the different ways each plant grows.
What is your favorite thing to make with freshly grown produce?
I love to make Ratatouille Wraps with all our fresh veggies and herbs. I have our recipe on the blog. We usually put them in a tortilla and make wraps but you can also serve it over rice, pasta or even use it as a topping on a homemade pizza. They are delicious and healthy!
Do you can? If so, do you have any tips to help those of us who want to start?
Yes, we can and pickle. It is best to use the freshest ingredients when you are going to can/pickle to help seal in the flavor and keep it fresher longer. Homemade pickles and fresh tomato sauce are always major staples in my home along with fruit jams, chutneys and salsas. When buying items from the supermarket, try to buy things in glass so you can re-use the glass later for pickling. The tops will be air sealed once you process them in a hot water bath. Canning makes great gifts too. Handmade gifts are truly from the heart. Anyone can go to the mall for a gift but making something with your hands and sharing that gift with a loved one is much more personal and special.
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