Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #243

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It doesn’t matter whether you are a first timer or visit weekly; I am glad you stopped by! This is a great place to share what you are up to and to brag a little.

I am always inspired by what is shared here. I loved the quiet, peaceful post from Mid-Life Blogger last week, Be Still. She found herself without electricity and truly made the most of the day in stillness and enjoyment of her surroundings. I think we all need a “Be Still” day every once in awhile. Thank you for sharing!

And we had pretzels and refinishing and multiple entries on chickens and eggs and yummy goodies and well just so lots of good stuff to look at. Thank you to all that participate. You make Fridays so much fun!

So let’s do it shall we? Time to hop!

Share a post about what your inner and outer farmgirl is doing and feeling this week. Brag on yourself and your skills! Share what being a farmgirl means to you; you don’t have to live on a farm to be a farmgirl! 😉

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart -MaryJaneButters



Jack and the Tomato Stalk – Part 2

Below is my first blog on my little tomato in the basement experiment. If you have not read it please do. BUT for those that have, my little tomato is turning red! I am so excited! The plant is still getting blossoms and soon may be able to go outside again and I may get a BLT soon.

Part 1 (published 2/14/17)

So we have all read Jack and the Beanstalk but I have my own stalk growing to the ceiling in our basement!

Although most areas of the United States treat a tomato plant as an annual it is actually a perennial in its native environment which is Central and South America. If those are terms are confusing, an annual is a plant that has a life cycle from germination of the seed to production of new seed within one year and then dies. A perennial‘s life cycle is two years or more.

Last year while cleaning out our garden of its 80+ tomato plants, there was one tomato plant that was thriving in its pot on the deck. We had a very late frost so it had been outside for several months – it was started from seed in February and it was October and no frost yet.  I wondered if I brought it inside, placed it near my grow lites and kept it from frost if it would survive the winter. Would I get tomatoes? Would it simply survive and I could move it back outside in the spring and get tomatoes from it in the summer? Would it simply whither and die in a few weeks?

After being inside for a couple of months I saw flowers. Then I wondered if pollination would occur. Tomatoes don’t need bees to pollinate but they are not true self pollinators. They typically need wind or assistance from a pollinator or an animal. Animals can create enough vibration and movement for pollination. Inside I did not not have any of these available near the tomato but thought I would try it anyway.

The plant is growing and growing as you can see. Honestly I have forgotten which tomato variety I have in this pot and the tag is no longer legible. It is obvious that it is indeterminate – it is viney and tall. If it was outside it would be growing in all directions and sprawling in all directions. In our basement, it is now between the joists. I told hubby we would have to cut a hole in the basement ceiling to allow it to continue to grow.

I have recently, to my pleasure, discovered a tomato! I hope it will ripen under these lites and I will be able to figure out which variety I have here. Can you see it in the picture below?

If the plant continues to grow and thrive I will pop it back on the deck in the spring and see if it continues through the season.

The experiment has been really fun. I may bring more tomatoes in next year if this is successful. Do you think I will be eating a fresh tomato soon?

I will let you know!

Happy Unleashing your experiments!

FGU

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #242

Happy Friday & Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It has been a busy and fun week. We started with a three day weekend in Cincinnati celebrating my hubby’s birthday AND simply relaxing. After our kitchen project we took some downtime. Even though we were traveling we spent a lot of time sleeping, playing Yahtzee and watching basketball– some of the things we haven’t done much of lately! It was so much fun.

Midweek we had church activities and this is my first full week back to work full-time in a few months. So it has been a good week but it has flown! How about you?

We had some fun blog entries last week. A new one that I noticed and loved was Farm Life in the Italian Mountains. She is living my dream life! Wonderful blog and pictures also.

potato plants

Take a little time today and visit Italy with Chandra. Thanks Chandra for posting!

So you may not be in Italy this week but you are probably doing something interesting in your world! Take a few moments and share what you are up to.

This is a blog hop so join in and have a great Friday!



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #241

Happy Friday and Happy Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! We have 70’s today and I will enjoy because storms are coming tonight and we see 20’s and 30’s again over the weekend. February weather always leaves you guessing!

I planted my first green babies this week. That makes me giddy!

We also finished our kitchen!

This has been a 2 year project. We totally gutted it, hubby made most of the cabinets, we moved doors and windows and well it has taken us awhile. BUT Tuesday we got the last of the countertops! I will have to share some before and after pics in an upcoming blog. It is wonderful and was worth the work. 90% of the time the work was fun to do together. And we have survived a couple of these kitchen remodels now so our marriage must be rock solid!

OK— last week there were several great entries on the hop. BUT how can you resist chocolate chip cookies that someone has made THREE times in a week. Oh yes they must be good and we all must try these! Thank you Tami from A Creative Homemaker for sharing!

Let’s get hopping shall we? Have a great weekend whatever you do!

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

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #240

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Spring is coming! Tulips popping through are a good sign.

I bought organic compost this morning and I am ready to start seeds this weekend. Does it feel like spring this morning in your neck of the woods?

Let’s get to the hop!

What are you up to?  How’s your crafts? Animals? Let’s go to hopping so you can share what you are up to!

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

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #239

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

We finally got a dusting of snow this week. It has been a mild winter so far. I say that knowing that Feb and March can bring some winter storms so I am not counting us home free yet!

We have been remodeling our kitchen for almost two years now. We are on the back end and almost done! We completed our peninsula last night and it is waiting the granite top. It is due to be installed on Feb. 21! I am beyond excited to see the completion of this soon.

You can see I have already started playing around with what I might want on it. After the top is one I will post pics of the entire thing.

What are you up to? Have you started any seeds yet? I am about 10 days out from starting that. How’s your crafts? Animals? Let’s go to hopping so you can share what you are up to!

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

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters

 



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #238

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Welcome back to our friends here and welcome to all that are new! I can’t wait to see what you are up to.

Last week I shared that I was doing an inventory of seeds. Inventory = order more seeds (of course). I got them all this week! I am very, very excited. In a couple of weeks some of these will get their start under the grow lights.

Last week on the hop EmmaFrancisathome shared her meal plan.  I love meal planning and using ingredients on hand and only buying what is missing. Less waste and a plan after a busy day is ALWAYS helpful. Check out her menus; plus she has a link to previous week’s plans. Thanks for sharing your blog!

Let’s get to it! Please join the hop!

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

I am so glad you are here.



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #237

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

If you garden like I do, this is the time of year that you are leafing through seed catalogs and surfing the web for seeds and well more seeds! I have finished up my seed inventory and have marked the items I need more of. Next step is sitting down with some tea and catalogs!

Yes that is a spreadsheet in Excel. You can’t take the geek out of a gal!

What are you busy with this week? Brag a bit (or a lot!) on yourself and share your blog and pictures!

Let’s blog hop!

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

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Tomato Love & Favs

I will admit it. My FAVORITE thing to grow is tomatoes. I grow about 90 tomato plants each year in my garden. I am dreaming about tomatoes and cannot wait to start my babies again. You may call that obsessive or perhaps addictive and well, you would be right.

I have grown a number of tomatoes over the last 3 summers. Some were a disappointment and some I bring back for an encore each year.

I love growing roma tomatoes. Below are Granadero from Johnny’s. Along with San Marzano from High Mowing these two are my favorites for canning – whole, sauced, soup, pizza sauce and roasted. I will even halve these and freeze them. My garden would not be complete without them.

For little cherry type tomatoes I love Yellow Pear and Sakura. I have learned that I do not need more than 2 of each of these plants. They are prolific and give us more tomatoes for salads than we can eat and share.  Yellow Pear do crack but we have not found that to be a deterrent. The Sakura are red and crack resistant and oh so sweet.

Below are Brandywine. I love they way they taste. I never get many from a plant, but I will continue to grow them.

One of my all time favs are my Purple Cherokees. I typically pick them fairly green and let them ripen in the house. If I leave them on the vine until they are purple, the bugs seem to find them. AND the bugs love them as much as me! So I grab first. I share these with my friends and they come back for more.

A couple years ago I started also ordering from Seeds from Italy. I wish I could have located a picture today but I could not. You will have to take my word that some of these tomatoes are 3 + pounds, very meaty with few seeds. They paste and sauce really well. I have ordered Pomodoro Ace and Pomodoro Red Pear. I will continue to plant these in my garden. I will warn you that these plants grow and grow and grow (they are indeterminate). My rows are 4 feet apart and I cannot walk through these after they get going.

I tried the Indigo Rose last year and found them to be so-so. They are really pretty as they are purple and green and about 2 – 3 inches. But I felt they looked better than they tasted. I will add one of these in the garden this year but not more than that. The verdict is still out on whether they will be a returning plant each year.

I also planted, after many recommendations, Green Zebras last year. Yum and yum! BUT I planted way too many; these babies put out a BUNCH of tomatoes. Two plants will get planted this year. These will be a returning plant year after year; pretty and yummy is a combo you have to go with!

I will try a couple new ones this year simply because I cannot resist!

My most favorite tomato however is the one that I can slice

And add to a sandwich. Oh my mouth is watering! I can’t wait to repeat this picture in July!

Do you have a favorite tomato that you grow? I would love to know what you would have my try to add to my garden.

Happy Unleashing!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #236

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

If you are returning, welcome back. If you are new, I am so excited you have stopped by. I have been dreaming of spring and summer gardening all week. I LOVE all my seed catalogs. How about you?

I have also been doing some germination tests on my seeds to see what it is I REALLY need to order. I have very little seed control over myself so I am TRYING. If you have never done a seed germination test, it is easy- here’s a “how to.”

Last week on the hop there was the most beautiful piano table! Did you see it? If not you must check this out from Repurposed For Life. Isn’t it gorgeous?

What have you been up to this week. Please share a blog or two!!!

Let’s blog hop!

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

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters