Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #221

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Beautiful skies here today but much, much rain is coming in so I don’t think it will be a gardening weekend (much to my dismay).

I love starting green babies and I am obsessed with tomatoes so I really enjoyed reading “How to Start Heirloom Tomatoes from Seed” from The Modern Day Settler. 

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Aren’t they just beautiful?? I love, love, love varieties on the tomato front. I cannot wait to sink my teeth into my first tomato of the season (still several weeks off…). Thanks for sharing on the hop some great tips and pictures!

IMG_20160426_165528002I couldn’t resist and popped a couple of our tomato plants in large pots on the deck this week. It is too early for ground here, but I could bring a pot in if I had to. And these darn things are jumping out of their starter pots and getting blooms. They are itching for the garden!

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Yipee. Hubby is getting the shelving in that he has been crafting. It is so pretty! I could not resist and grabbed a couple of things to pop on the top shelf after it was done! The rest will get into day and tomorrow.

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What are you up to? Ready to join the hop and brag a little about what is going on with you?

Let’s get hopping! AND be sure to visit the others!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters

 



Tomatoes are Rocking! (early)

Previously I shared with you that I changed up a couple things this year with my green babies (who doesn’t like to experiment right?).

Hubby built a beautiful (and very functional) grown shelf-

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I bought a system of trays that are sturdy, domed (until sprouting) and bottom waterers-

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Well my little green babies popped up in a matter of 48 hours! They have been going strong, strong, strong.

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The addition of cinnamon has seriously stomped out the ground gnats and damping off. And I have been adding a bit of fish emulsion to the water every other week. That does make for some interesting smells in the basement. :-)

The broccoli and cabbages got planted about 1 week ago. Perfect timing for them.

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The first tomato plants that I started have been jumping out of their pots. You can see that I have already transplanted many to 4″ pots.

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You can also see these are strong stems that have many leaves. Below are blossoms.

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We are in 6a so it is too soon for me to put them in the garden. I do not tempt fate out there and my last frost date is still 2 1/2 weeks away. I typically wait a week or so after that before planting so I don’t get any surprises.

BUT I could not resist grabbing a couple of these guys and putting them in large pots on the deck. I can bring them in if the weather does snap. It was so exciting to see them outside in these large pots.

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Then it stormed… I mean wind and hard, hard rain, multiple times last evening and overnight. It was so bad that Jasmine our pup slept on the floor in our room. She was a nervous, pacing doggie.

But my over-sized (I mean that in a good way) green babies weathered (ha ha) the storm and were looking good this morning!

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I planted some herb and flower seeds in pots yesterday too. I hope they did not wash or splash away. Only time will tell me their fate. But for my tomato teenagers, they seem to be A-OK!

Are you jumping the gun on planting anything? It is hard to resist isn’t it?

Happy Unleashing!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #220

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

What are you up to? I finally got to start planting outside. I added the broccoli green babies to our garden this week. They are so cute!

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Thanks to each of you for participating every week. Last week Farmgirl Freckles shared her recipe for Rosemary Gardeners Scrub! Oh wow does this look fantastic. I love making scrubs and with gardening season in full swing, this is something I must make! Is looks like it feels wonderful and it is so pretty!

Let’s get hopping!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Planting!

Yesterday, after work, I took advantage of the gorgeous weather and cleaned up a couple of rows in my garden and planted! Yipee!

Here is my first row of brassicas- these are three types of broccoli. They are so cute.IMG_20160420_184354751 I also left a couple of clumps of clover in the row. AND there were so many worms! They made me so happy as I have never seen so many in my soil. Good sign that our soil is getting better and better!

OK CONFESSION— it is not my first row of brassicas. It is my 2nd first row. :-) My “real” first planting of brassicas were totally eaten while we were on vacation. I am not talking a cabbage worm here– there was NO evidence at all when we got back that I had planted anything. The ground was bare. There is a fat little bunny running around nearby….

These little green babies are inside a fenced garden now, so perhaps they will have a chance at growing. Next up are the cabbage green babies.

What are you growing???

Happy Unleashing in the Garden!

FGU

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #219

FGF LogoWelcome back to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

After a week off the blog hop and two weeks away from blogging I am happy to be here with you again. We had a wonderful vacation in Quebec and Montreal!

From the fabulous food and tea—

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The beautiful churches (this is the Basilica of Notre Dame)—

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The views of Quebec City—

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To just having fun dressing up and going out—

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It was a wonderful trip and 11th anniversary celebration!

I have not been up to much here at the farm, but we did get our farm number which is exciting and will now allow us to work with the USDA and others on grants and assistance. This weekend holds a long task list and a bit of catching up.

Is it spring yet for you? Our friends in Colorado are expecting a winter storm! I am sure they are hoping for springtime soon.

Let’s get hopping!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #218

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

AND Bonjour!!!

By the time you are reading this I will be on a flight to Quebec.  :-)

Hubby and I are celebrating our 11th anniversary by recreating our honeymoon trip. We will be in Montreal and Quebec City for 8 days. I cannot wait and I know it will be a wonderful time!

Things are blooming at home and pollen is in the air! Maple Hill 101 shared some really pretty spring pictures on last week’s blog hop. If you did not get a chance to look at them, do!

(I think my hubby’s nose will appreciate the still cold weather in Canada to relieve him of his allergy systems.)

I planted some seeds this week; I am hoping to see little green babies when I return.

There will be no Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop next week as we will still be traveling. Link up and share today and we will meet again in two weeks!

Let’s get hopping!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #217

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop and

Happy Easter to those that celebrate this weekend!

While some of you are still suffering through snow we are feeling spring. With that does come rain, but I will take that! Many of us are starting plants right now and planning our gardens. Take a look at the great grow shelf that hubby made me. :-) I love it, but more importantly my green babies love it!

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Summer Acres shared the CUTEST ever pictures of her baby goats and a great blog on the kidding process. As someone that does not have goats (yet) I vicariously lived through this post! How can you not look at that and say “ahhhhh….” Thanks for sharing!

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What are you up to? I have green babies but many of you have the furry kind like Summer Acres keeping you busy.  Are you ready to share??

Thank you for joining and enjoy your Easter weekend!

Let’s get hopping!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



My New Grow Shelf and Green Babies!

This is my 3rd year gardening and each year we tweak and change our process. We keep the stuff that is working and we dump the stuff that is not. Most things just get adjusted however.

This year I wanted to grow my green babies on shelves. It is more efficient for the space I currently have. Later when we have a tunnel and a grow house, I will change it up again, but for this year I wanted to add shelves to our process of starting plants.

I found one that I adored in a catalog. The unit was a great size, the lights raised up and down and they had those fantastic T5 HO bulbs – bright but not hot. I showed it to hubby with much excitement and he was supportive, but then saw the price. :-) He promised me he could make me just as fabulous a shelf for much less. Since hubby is an ultimate handy man, I had confidence in this promise. So the project began!

A shelf from Sam’s, lights from Home Depot, some rope, pulleys and a timer was what we used.

Hubby attached two strip lights (that hold two bulbs) to some wood. We have then a set of two strips for each shelf.

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Eyes were attached so the rope could be threaded.

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On the cart itself he attached an anchor to wrap the rope around to steady the lights after being raised and lowered. The anchor is attached with some plumbers strap he had.

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Then for some fancy tying. Hubby is a sailor and those knots come in handy. I cannot mimic these but they work GREAT!

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There are pulleys on each end that the ropes come up through so that everything moves together.

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We can raise and lower and then the tie to the anchor to hold it all in place.

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We threaded all the electrical cords down the side so that they are not ever in the way.

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I got to planting some starters. Oh I love playing outside on my planting cart!

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I also got trays that water from the bottom this year. They have mats in them and you fill the bottom of the unit. The mat works in capillary action and waters from the bottom. I also got domes to try out. So far I love them.

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My grow shelves can have heat mats and that was great for starting my green babies.

They are loving life!

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So far success! I love my shelf and my hubby for putting it together for me. I also love these bottom water trays. They are perfect in this situation. No drips and they do not need watered often. After these babies were at it for about 2 weeks, I added fish emulsion to the water. That did not smell great in the basement, but my green babies loved it. We all sacrifice for our babies right?

What is your process for starting plants? Have you started? Some of these (the brassicas) are about ready for the ground here!

Happy Planting!

FGU

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #216

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

I am traveling this week. And with a fun and good cause! One, it is a girl’s (and well grandson too) getaway  in Georgia. I get to see all three of my daughters and my sweet Arlo who is 21 months going on 7!  He is such a happy, talkative, active little boy! And whenever I get to spend time with all three daughters it is full of laughter and happiness and is just well special!

On Saturday (tomorrow) we will be walking in breast cancer walk.

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My youngest daughter has been involved in volunteering for cancer walks since college sorority days. When she took her current job she found herself again involved in a breast cancer walk. It benefits there local community – specifically those suffering with breast cancer. So it will be a weekend of powerful stories, tears, laughter and will be extremely special to share this with all of my daughters.

I have also been busy planning for spring. I have green babies under the lights and they are growing hourly!

Last weeks favorite was easy for me. Taylor had me POTATO as I LOVE everything potato. As a matter of fact we used the last of our potatoes this week (in honor of St. Paddy’s day) and that makes me a little melancholy…

BUT Taylor’s recipe for Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes will get me to dart to the store to get some more! They look so yummy!

What have you been up to? Please link up below to your blog so you can brag on your farmgirl doings! I am away from home, but I will be checking (because I simply cannot resist!).

So, let’s get hopping!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #215

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It feels like spring! Warmer temps, rain and mud! I bet many of you can relate to the new mani and the jean look. :-) I am in seventh heaven to be honest!

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Gratefulness was the them of Ginger’s post last week on Five Random Things that Make Me Happy. I really love the card her hubby made her! Beautiful!

And the Cute Repurposed Denim Fabric Baskets from Taylor Made were adorable! Maybe my jeans above need repurposing!

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I am certain that ya’ll are busy, busy, busy! Anyone as dirty as me? :-)

Let’s get hopping so we can share!

Brag a bit on yourself and on your great farmgirl skills and passions! With spring around the corner I know you are up to lots of fun and creative things.

Please share what you are up to! I have much to learn from you!

Here’s some simple guidelines!

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing!