Deck Prettiness

I don’t know about you, but I cannot see my gardens from my house. They are situated in the back of the property and the land is elevated where they are. Unless I am back there I simply cannot see the wonderful things that are growing.

Because of that, I like to have pots on the deck and flowers from the garden in the house. That way I can see things growing even if I am not back by the gardens.

Here are a few pretty things I get to see all the time from here. Rosemary, sage, cilantro, lemon thyme, orange mint and petunias are gathered together right outside the kitchen door and window.

Outside the sun room we have chives, marjoram and more petunias.

Around the corner a bit of basil, parsley and more pink petunias!

On the other side of the sun room and in the corner of the deck lives more rosemary, mint and parsley.

Currently inside I have some beautiful flowers that I cut from our bee mix and some hydrangeas and flowering oregano.

Outside the front door on the porch I have two pots filled with lavender, rosemary, thyme and eucalyptus.

What pretty things are growing near you?

Happy Unleashing!

FGU

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #245

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Weather has been crazy this week for so many. Some of you are dealing with flooding rains and for some it is scorching hot! It is a challenge for many of you as you have to go outside – perhaps you have animals to care for or you farm for a living and can’t simply ignore those chores for a day or two. My hope is that you are well and safe!

We had a few entries last week as we try to revive our little hop here.

For those of you who love pork loin (I am talking to you mom!) here is a yummy looking recipe from Simply Living the Dream.

And be sure to read the entire blog as it is a cute story!

What do you have to share with us this week? Please enter your recipes, fun stories, farm girl antics or whatever you are doing to bring out your farmgirl this week!

Thanks for joining and reading! Have a great Friday.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart -MaryJaneButters

Let’s hop!



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #244

Hello, welcome and let’s try this again shall we!

I have been out of town the majority of Fridays since March so our little blog hop has suffered and my apologies to you for that. But I am home and feeling like my head is above water so let’s blog hop shall we? I am sure you have been up to all kinds of things lately and I am looking forward to reading the entries today!

Did you see my awesome purse that hubby had made for me from my boots? Stagecoach Bags creates these heirlooms. Isn’t it great?

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

Thanks to all of you for visiting again. Please add an entry and let’s resurrect this baby together!



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 #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