During uncertain times, many people are going back to their roots. Cooking at home is at an all-time high. Likewise, so is gardening. Certainly, soup is on your list. Not only is it downright delicious, but it keeps well. Not to mention, its a cost-effective way to stretch essential ingredients. But where is the best place to get vegetables for soup?
As a matter of fact, the answer is simple: your very own backyard! Now is the time to get started.
However, if you’re new to gardening, check out our Garden Planning Blog. Here, you will find helpful information. Knowledge is key. Are you prepared? Keep in mind how much space you have. Make a list of vegetables you want from most to least. As a result, it will be easier to narrow down if need be.
Growing your own is a rewarding way to feed your family. While it might be hard work, it is worth the reward. Get ready to get your hands dirty! Join us this month as we walk through how to grow delicious vegetables for soup. (Right in your very own backyard)
Depending on your taste buds, you might like a variety of things in your soup. Rightfully so. However, this month’s blog is about creating a steady supply of vegetables for soup. Or, just to stock up for cooking.
Whether you are sticking it out at home or just looking for a new hobby; Growing these ten vegetables will save you money. Plus, keep your stomach full. No matter what life throws at you.
As we mentioned, these items are “staples.” Which means you are probably already buying them. Yet, did you know that a pack of seeds averages for around $2? And depending on the size of your garden, that pack could last a few years. A little hard work and a lot of love go pretty far.
Get the whole family involved! For kids at home right now, it’s a fun way to learn. Moreover, there is something fun about growing your food. For an exciting lesson, teach them The Legend of the 3 Sisters.
Choosing a Location
First and foremost, garden location is vital. As we mentioned, think about the amount of space you have. Then, go from there. Keeping in mind, vegetable plants need full sun to grow. That means at least 6 hours per day. Each plant also needs proper spacing to grow efficiently. Less is more.
Preparing the Soil
To emphasize, it is critical to prepare the soil before planting. If you are planting directly into the ground, check the type of soil you have. For raised beds, choose a growing medium with good drainage. Your soil should also be rich in nutrients. Add some compost to help with that.
Vegetable Garden Layout
To start, you want to place the tallest crops on the north or west side. This way, they won’t shade the smaller plants. In other words, tomatoes, corn, and beans. (tallest crops) In terms of the rest of your plants, there are a few guidelines to follow. In particular, you want to plant crops that work well with each other. But more importantly, you want to avoid vegetables that don’t.
For instance, potatoes should be kept away from tomatoes. And, garlic should have its own spot. We should also mention that garlic must also be planted in the fall! So while it is too late for this season, you can be ready for next. You’ll be harvesting garlic next spring.
Vegetable gardens are more resilient than people think. Just a little love here and there. As a rule, your crops only need 1 inch of water per week. That includes any natural rainwater. Otherwise, just keep on top of your weeds. If weeds become overgrown, the roots of your crops will suffer.
To finish your soup, you might want to consider adding a few herbs to your garden. Though, if you don’t have space, you can use a planter. Most herbs grow well together in planters. Or, in small pots. In terms of what herbs to choose, here are a few of the most common:
Chicken noodle soup is a classic. Some even say its the cure for a common cold. What does it make you think of?
Just like growing your vegetables for soup, making your soup isn’t difficult. All in all, it’s about the ingredients. And, you are on your way to having everything you need.
So, besides the vegetables, how do you create the perfect soup recipes with chicken? It all starts with a few simple steps. Follow our chicken stock recipe below to make your base. Once you finish, you can create an abundance of soup recipes with chicken. The options are endless. In other words, be creative.
As a note, just give your vegetables a quick rough chop. Keep it simple!
Method 1: Chicken Stock Recipe Using Whole Chickens
Currently, Canadians are looking for ways to make groceries last. So, it’s essential to realize that buying individual cuts of meat is often less cost-effective. To clarify, we suggest buying whole chickens. As a result, it provides dual uses. Just place the bones in a large pot with the vegetables & aromatics. Then, cover with water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 4 hours. Strain the liquid, and you’re done.
Method 2: Chicken Stock Recipe Using Chicken Bones
Alternatively, you can choose to use smaller bones such as chicken wings or backs. The method is almost the same. However, first, you must brown your bones. Heat over medium-high with olive oil. Once the bones are visibly brown, continue with the steps from method 1.
Store your stock in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also extend the shelf life by freezing. In a deep freezer, stock lasts up to a year! So, stock up. Pun intended.
At the Hilltop Acres Farm Store, we have what you need; from whole chickens to a bag of chicken bones. Our store remains open! However, guidelines are in place. Please allow 24-48 hours for phone or online orders. We will call you once your order is ready. Let’s keep working together to flatten the curve.