…A New Start to an Old Site

This is a continuation of my site, started in 2010, The Beavercreek Backyard Farm, After almost 10 years, my original record – The Beavercreek Backyard Farm, seems to have outgrown its site. So I guess, as I don’t report back to school after summer vacation (for the first time in 33 years), its a good…

Korean-style Fried Chicken

Ingredients Chicken marinade 2 lb boneless-skinless chicken thighs 1/2 t kosher salt 1/4 t ground black pepper 1 t ground fresh ginger 1 t minced fresh garlic 2 T mirin Chicken breading 2/3 c potato starch Sauce 2 T soy sauce 6 T mirin 4 t toasted sesame oil 4 t apple cider vinegar 1/4…

Garden 2021 …. We Finished the Garden Paths!

After a few more days of hauling chips I am happy to say that the paths in the main part of the vegetable garden are covered with a deep layer of mulch to (hopefully) keep down the weeds. We also covered the area between the garden fence and the driveway. After we finished, I took…

Garden 2021 …. Finally Covering the Paths

The last time we added chips to the garden paths was 2016. We put down weed fabric in our garden extension in 2018. Finally in the spring of 2021 we are refreshing the path mulch and covering the weed fabric. We signed up for Chip-Drop after the ice storm, assuming there would be chips aplenty…

Garden 2021 …. Sowing Seeds

April 19: Today was unseasonably warm – – 87 degrees in April?! This is crazy. Today we Finished chipping/shredding the spruce tree damaged in the ice storm Finished weeding the bed near the raspberries Moved the bean tower so it won’t block the sprinklers Removed the overgrown artichoke from the whiskey barrel Set up the…

Garden 2021 …. The Cleanup

Gardening season officially began at the Backyard Farm today. We started by picking up a couple of yards of compost blend to top off all of the raised beds and whiskey barrels in the vegetable garden. We cut down the cherry tree that flowers beautifully every year and never actually bears a single cherry –…

Garden 2021 …. A Break from Storm Cleanup to Plant and Sow

April 1 planted 6 Spinach starts (Wilco $3.99) planted 6 Lettuce starts (Wilco $3.99) April 5 pruned Espalier Apples April 6 planted Walla Walla Sweet Onion starts (Wilco $3.59) sowed 6 Kabocha Squash seeds ( Renee’s Garden – last year) [6 of 6 germinated] [planted out 5/1] sowed 6 Zucchini seeds (Renee’s Garden – last…

Spring Cleaning …. Storm Cleanup Continues

We spent much of April 3rd and 4th on our continued mission of storm cleanup from the Feb 2021 ice storm. We did quite a bit of cleanup on the bottom of the large Douglas Fir on Saturday, chipping and shredding what we could. On Sunday, Hubby built another burn pile (3rd) in the back…

Spring Cleaning …. The Freezer

It was a cold morning, but lovely and clear all day so it seemed like a good day to take care of a chore I really don’t love to do – cleaning the freezer. On Saturday, Hubby and I stopped at the grocery store and found whole turkey breasts for 49 cents per pound. They…

Budget Groceries …. Chicken Quarters

When I stopped by the grocery the other day, they were having a special on chicken quarters for 77 cents per pound. I picked up four packages of them, knowing I could cut them up and make at least a couple of meals from them. Day 1: I was also running low on chicken stock…

Garden Monthly …. March 2021

This whole month has been a whirlwind of storm clean-up from theFebruary ice storm. It’s been a slow slog of cutting, trimming, raking, burning and chipping and we have so much more to finish. It’s taking so long that I’ve forgotten to keep track of the progress or even take photos this month. We’re hoping…