Patience is a Virtue (but a Challenge!)


I finally was able to pick a BUNCH of veggies today. 15 pounds of summer squash, 5 pounds of green beans, alot of beets and greens, beautiful lettuce and a couple pounds of basil!

My hubby accused me of being an “impatient” gardener a couple of weeks ago. Honestly that is so true! And I am working on it… but fine tuning virtuous characteristics takes some time (there’s my impatience again!).

We planted late due to the rainy spring, one large garden was drown and killed and well… I still want to be harvesting like I did last year and on the same time frame.

So just like watching a pot of water and waiting for it to boil, I am watching and trying to hurry things along.

Today, I saw tomatoes turning red. The plants are gorgeous and have tons of tomatoes, green ones that is. But in the last couple of days red is appearing!


My zucchini that was a goner (or so I thought) has made an amazing come back and is giving me lots of beautiful zucchini as a bumper crop!


The squash that I planted very late in July, is thriving and has more yellow squash than I can eat! So freezing was the game today.



Our garden that drown earlier in the year was the one with our beans. I had several varieties and none of them made it. I planted some bush beans in early August and I picked 5 pounds of them today!



Lettuce and beets also filled my basket


and we will be indulging in those tonight along with the pesto pizza which is courtesy of our basil that is happy and growing into bushes. I did have to fight our bees to get some today!


I am so happy to be picking and eating from our gardens. It has been a wait this year! I am trying to be more patient and to be aware when my words and actions aren’t in line with that. The seasons have their own time frame. I need to enjoy and appreciate it.

I planted a cover crop on the washed out garden. It looks beautiful and is starting to come up.


I think however that a winter cover crop is the ultimate in teaching me some patience as I won’t see the results of this until after the fall, after snow and after blooms in the spring begin. It will be some of our bee’s first food. We will all just wait until it is ready….

Happy Unleashing!


Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #206


Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! I cannot believe it is September! We are in 90 degree weather to which I say “whew!” and “yipee”. Yipee is because my 80 tomato plants need some more hot weather!! So bring it on.

The basil also loves it hot and I am busy making and freezing pesto this week. I adore basil and to have pesto in the winter is so amazing. I wish you could smell the garlic and basil…


We are also busy putting in our cold frames and low tunnels.




Deb is up to her eyeballs in blooms! And they are so pretty. She has a sample of a bridal bouquet up on her blog. Please stop by, look at the pretty colors and say hi. She is turned into a real Flower Farmer this summer!!!

I am sure your kitchen smells as good as mine (although maybe not so messy as we are in a DYI remodel). How are your gardens? Do you garden for fall or are you over it! :-)

It is time to blog hop! Share what you are up to and HAPPY LABOR DAY!!

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #205


Welcome to Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #205

Fall is in the air here – 57 degrees this morning! I loved it, but I really need more hot days to turn my tomatoes from green to red! This time of year has me dreaming of fall- cooler temperatures, time in my craft room, fall gardening… BUT it is still August and I have green beans, basil, peppers and tomatoes in full swing. And grass still to cut. Fall is approaching but my world is still full of summertime.

Deb is in the same mode— she is dreaming of painting and crafting but still has gorgeous blooms and Farmer’s Markets to come.

How about you? Fall or Summer or somewhere in between?

Stop by and visit Deb to say hello. We hope you join in and share your antics. Let’s get hopping!

Have a great weekend regardless of the season you are feeling!


My Favorite Things – Light of Day Organic Tea


We all have those things that are our favorites. I was introduced to Light of Day Organics tea about 2 years ago while on vacation. I was hooked! I have ordered it via the web ever since. I am not a coffee drinker but I do consider myself a tea snob. I love good tea and will seek it out and pay for it. This is one of my favorites.

Light of Day Organics is Michigan’s only tea farm. On our trip to Michigan in July we visited and it was everything (and more) that I hoped it would be.

As you approach you see their certifications. These are folks committed to organics and local. Thebulk of their teas are grown on their Biodynamic farm and are certified by the National Organic Program and by Demeter.


The founding director is inspiring as she founded this out of her own passionate journey in health and holistic well being for others and for herself. You can read her full story.

We had fun tasting tea, learning about the different types of tea, seeing how they are produced and then simply took in the surroundings wandering around. There are special places to seat and sip on your tea.



The gardens are beautiful and inviting.







Who wouldn’t want tea from here (or her own tea farm) after seeing this beauty?

And she has a Kubota which is my absolute favorite.


Visit them on the web and experience their beautiful teas and story. If you are in Michigan they are just west of Traverse City and so worth the trip. This is NOT a paid endorsement of any kind; I just love their stuff and wanted to share the beauty with you.


I am going to go steep a cup of tea and visualize the pretty flowers that went into it.

Happy Unleashing in your tea pot!



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #204


Welcome to another Friday and another Farmgirl Blog Hop! Deb has been busy wearing her new hat as a flower farmer. She has been growing beautiful blooms and bouquets (as always) but now is spending time selling her wares at the farmer’s market. How exciting is that? Be sure to stop by Dandelion House to see her great pictures and to catch up with her.

We have been busy with a kitchen remodel and garden rescuing! Read about our garden adventures and our optimism for the fall garden!


I am absolutely positive that Deb and I aren’t the only ones busy this summer. Let’s all take a breather and share for a bit about what is happening and what you are up to!

Let’s get this blog hop going!


Garden Optimism

I shared with you how we were converting one of our gardens to using ag cloth as a weed barrier. We got stopped in the middle of our process because of travel and rain-lots of rain. We hit our field again over the last 10 days to rescue what we could, say goodbye to what we couldn’t and plant for the future. A gardener is always optimistic right? You lose a garden, you plant another and with that comes hope again.

When we stepped back after the rains stopped this is what we had–

Grass was up to my knees in the garden.

IMG_20150723_084838240Yep, there’s a sweet potato in there somewhere!

IMG_20150723_092730488I can see the corn but not much else.


It had me feeling pretty hopeless on what we had.

However, the bed where we laid the cloth looked pretty good so we concentrated efforts there first. We still had 5 rows to plant and there was crabgrass in the empty rows but we took care of that and finished off the planting.

Hubby is great at pulling that crabgrass!


I got to planting the rest of our tomatoes. Yes, tomatoes! I know it is July, but when you have almost 100 starters you have been babying inside during the rainy stuff, you put them in the ground! We are Zone 6 and they need about 80 – 90 days in the ground until harvest. We will have a late harvest, but when everyone else is picking pumpkins, I will be eating tomato sandwiches and canning for the winter. (see where the optimist comes in?)


DSC_1620So with that garden done and planted we felt very satisfied.

DSC_1619I moved onto sweet potatoes and digging the grass out from around them. And they were thriving down in there!IMG_20150723_092720762

IMG_20150723_092724122Hubby cleaned out the rest of the grass later and they are loving life again.

Jasmine just enjoyed the view.


And frankly our view while working wasn’t so bad either!


Meanwhile hubby went after Garden 1 (which was planted in the spring). It was overgrown to say the least.11253945_10205894129850894_8299575913151603575_n

We grabbed the last of the lettuce, beets, collards and purple kale and cut it down and started again on it for a late summer/early fall garden.


Mowed it really close.IMG_20150724_182822069

Added compost and ran the tiller through one time. It is ready!


We decided all gardens would get the ag cloth treatment! We invested in the good stuff and it is being used!DSC_1608


With this being ready for planting, I got to go play in my seeds and get a selection out. Zone 6 tells me 1st frost is around 10/15 so I have a bit of time still. I grabbed my seeds that are 55 – 75 days to harvest and got planting. What did I plant? Beets, beans, squash, radishes, spinach, lettuce, endive and some flowers. By the end of the weekend we had two, very good looking spaces.

DSC_1626And this morning there are signs of life in both.






Next up are the hoops and cold frames. But for this moment, optimism!


Happy Unleashing your optimism!



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #203


Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

I think you are probably busy with summer like me. We have traveled, gardened, dealt with flood waters and storms and today we kicked off our kitchen remodel! More on that to come in the following weeks.

On the travel side, we just returned from the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City Michigan.

Cherry Festival Sign

It was so much fun! And we brought back some yummy cherries that hubby used to bake a tart with last night! WOW!

And how about this “Chairy Drill Team” at the festival (get the play on words?) They were so fun!

Chairy Band

I will share some pictures from our Michigan adventures next week! We were celebrating our 10 year anniversary and we had a LOT of fun!

Deb is up to her eyeballs in colorful blooms! Well, at least up to her knees. If you want to see some of her great flowers check out her new page on Instagram! We have actually both started dappling a bit in Instagram and you can find me there as well. Stop by and say hi!

What you are doing this week? Harvesting, planting, preserving? Maybe you are at a fair showing animals. Or perhaps you are sipping on some ice tea about now. Whatever it is we are glad you are here!

Let’s start hopping!

Action! Weed Control!

Weeds, weeds and weeds. AND lots of grass. With all this rain the grass and weeds are taking over. I really am not looking for pristine, but the grass and weeds are taller than my veggies and they are smothering them. Hoeing and handpicking is not keeping up. We clean up and area, it rains and BOOM! They are back bigger and badder than before. We have a lot of garden space and I was getting discouraged. We do not use synthetic chemicals so that was not an option.

Hubby decided that getting me back to my happy place in the garden was important. Also growing our own food is important and an investment. He went and bought gardening cloth to put down and has been helping me go through the gardens with it. It is a beautiful thing!

We did our first run with this in a garden that was about to be planted. I had planted transplants in one row and they were being overtaken. Tomatoes and pepper transplants were ready to go so we decided here was the best place to start. The fabric is 4 ft wide which is perfect for our spacing here because our rows are 50″ apart.


We laid it out, dug holes, added compost and epsom and our transplants. Then hubby laid some straw around each plant and set our cages.


The rows look neat and the plants have a fighting chance now. It is a thing of beauty!



Next will be Garden 3 which has our beans and cucs fighting for space. They are getting buried by grass. We will mow really short and add the cloth. Pics to come on that clean up!


How do you keep the “unwanteds” away from your veggies and flowers?

Happy Unleashing in the Garden!




Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #202

Welcome to Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #202 AND Happy 4th of July!

This photograph from Deb’s blog today was so beautiful that I just had to “steal” it and share it.  It really screams out celebration doesn’t it?

We are visiting our youngest for the holiday. We will be swimming, eating, watching fireworks and probably competing in a mean game of putt putt. What are your plans?

If you love flowers Deb has some great information on American Flower Week and how you can participate. I wish I had a green thumb in that regard, but maybe that is something in my future!

I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend with your family and a chance to reflect on the freedoms we have in our great country. I also hope you have a little bit of time to blog hop with us!

Brag a bit on what’s happening your way. I learn so much every week just reading these. I have so much yet to experience!!! Thanks for joining in and be sure to stop by Deb’s and Dandelion House!

Let’s get hopping!!


Garlic Scape Pesto


We are successfully growing garlic this year after a couple tries that have failed. One of the first benefits (luxuries) of growing garlic is the scapes that appear in the late spring/early summer.


You can see the buds of the flowers on the stems. Scapes are cut from the garlic before the buds open. The scapes are delicious and cutting them allows the plant to put its energy into developing the garlic heads and bulbs.

We cut about a pound of garlic scapes. We washed them off in the sink and set out to make pesto.


Aren’t they cute looking? They look like tall necked swans to me.



Chop up your scapes into 1 inch pieces and toss in your food processor. Just like all pestos, you can be a bit creative here. I added about 1 cup of parmesan cheese that was freshly grated and about 1/2 cup of pine nuts (you can also use pistachios). As I add things I toggle between pulsing the food processor and just letting its motor go for a bit. The idea is to get a creamy paste like substance. Add some lemon juice (from 1 lemon). Stream 1 cup of olive oil into the pesto and food processor for the last ingredient. You will have a smooth, green paste. AND it will smell like garlic in your entire house!


Oh my goodness it is so good!

We tossed some on a few veggies and tossed those on the grill. We topped some pasta with the veggies and a bit more of the garlic scape pesto. It was delicious.

I froze the rests in ice cube trays so I can have this lovely garlic pesto whenever the urge hits!

Happy Unleashing!