Growing in Clover

IMG_20160611_181815581_HDRLast fall we threw on cover crop on a couple of our gardens. In one we planted crimson clover. In spring is was a lovely carpet in the garden and bees loved it. That was one benefit. AND we noticed minimal weeds in that garden. Yipee! Another benefit is nitrogen fixation. Without getting too technical here, clover helps to convert nitrogen into usable nitrogen for other plants. You can certainly google the term for details but all in all clover rocks!

We decided to leave the clover between our rows in Garden 2. If it is good for the soil, the bees and it helps control weeds it could be such a friend out there! So we simply used our rototiller to turn under enough in the rows for planting.

So far so good. Weeds are down and plants are coming in between the rows. This garden has had a serious weed problem in the past- especially with night shade weeds. Last year they over took the garden along with too much rain and this garden was toast! It was tilled under and given up on. 🙁

But here we are at 2 weeks and still looking good. Cucs are coming up nicely.

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We have 6 rows of corn and they are popping up right now.

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And lots of summer and winter squash.

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I have ran a hoe through the garden one time to knock off uninvited guests but they are really at a minimum. It only took me about 15 minutes in a 45 x 32 garden. I am hoping that the clover suffocated many of the weeds and they did not reseed. I am not naive — I know that nothing keeps them at bay 100% but I continue to look for organic ways to minimize them. We have had great success with ag cloth and we wanted to try cover crop as well.

Have you planted between clover before? What do you do to keep weeds under control in your garden?

Happy Unleashing!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #228

FGF LogoV2Glad you are here at the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It has been a great week here. I think we are going to have our first tomatoes of the season in a salad tonight. So exciting. And we are heading to my parent’s this weekend to celebrate Father’s Day and my mom’s birthday. That will be much fun!

If you read Ginger Dawn’s blog entry last week about her May Art challenge, you will have seen some awesome drawings and her new found passion for art.  Ginger shared that she earned a MaryJane’s Farmgirl Sisterhood Badge during her May Art Challenge. How great is that! Congrats to Ginger!!

What has this week brought your way?

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 and visiting each other! It is not a hop without you.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #227

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Summer seems to have arrived! Yippee! No rain the last few days and warm temps. Garden is loving life right now and still much to plant. And we are getting another nuc of bees today. I am so excited.

Ginger Dawn was thinking turkey though last week and shared Trash Can Turkey with us! I am intrigued!!! How about you?

Thank you for sharing! Has anyone else tried this?

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 and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Raising Up a New Garden(er)

IMG_20160515_164641183We visited our daughter and family recently with the purpose of setting up a garden for them. They LOVE vegetables (even Arlo who is about to be 2) so having a raised bed makes so much sense for them. And what is more fun than sharing your passion with people you are passionate about?

Mike was in charge of the logistics of building the box — which simply means he got to play with his power tools. 🙂

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And of course being outside in Georgia means it was HOT. Arlo had to break from all the work for a quick dip in his pool while mom sat nearby looking at seed packets.

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Then off to Home Depot we went to load up on planting medium, worm castings and just miscellaneous fun gardening stuff.

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Unloading and dumping was next. Adam and hubby handled the honors.

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A little raking and smoothing action was needed and Arlo was up to the task with his cute blue gardening gloves on.

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We measured off squares with bright string and the planting began. We did a combination of seeds for things like beans, squash, radishes, carrots and cucs. I brought tomato, basil, pepper and eggplant green babies from home.

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And what’s a day in the sunshine without a ride in the garden cart?

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A toddler will be a toddler even with 4 adults around. Arlo enjoyed discovering how to work the hose and was extremely happy when he got squirted and wet— “again”, “again”, “again”, was the song that he sang.

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We all put together a fence with PVC and chicken wire. This will work great to keep bunnies out and maybe quick little hands.

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We did some sprucing up in the back also. It is always nicer to sit or play outside if you have some pretty things to look at also. Laura did a great job of cleaning out a spot under this little tree. We planted some flowers here. IMG_20160516_151325793

We also snuck in some pumpkin seeds. There is a slight drop here and we hope the pumpkins will vine a few inches down; they will have a wide open area for sprawling out then.

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Adam attacked and conquered (for now) the bamboo that was HUGE and spreading in the back.

IMG_20160516_163628131A barrel of herbs and a hanging planter finished us up.

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To end our day in the sun we had to take a couple of family photos right?

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We are all hoping the gardening goes well and they will be eating from their yard in a couple of months!

Happy Unleashing outside today!

FGU

 

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #226

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

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Today this is short but ever so sweet. We are heading on a little bit of a drive to go pick up our bee nucs. We have three coming and are very excited. We did get honey last year but sadly our 2 queens were weak and the hives did not survive the winter. We again have positive expectations and are starting over. The hives are set up in the back, sugar water is in jars and waiting and now we need to head to the car for our journey north about 2 1/2 hours to get them.

I love spring and gardening. Kathy from Oak Hill Homestead shared on her blog about her garden expansion and beds. Love the pictures and her budget conscience, beautiful build out.

Raised garden beds

I am going to hit the road and ya’ll can get hopping. I will check in later! Happy Friday.

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 and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #225

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

This week has been a fun week of planting and working on our kitchen. Never a dull moment but that is how I like it!

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Gardening makes me dream of tomatoes and squash and the Sunny Italian Stew Recipe from Claudia at Avalon Media last week hit the spot! She said it was inspired by her time in Italy as a child and it looks wonderful! Be sure to check it out!

Tips for Gardening with a One Year Old was also delightful! Since we just came back from playing in the dirt with our daughter’s family (which includes an almost 2 year old) it seemed to be perfect timing for this read. Thank you Frugal Mama for sharing!

What are you up to? Late spring is full of action isn’t it?

Time to hop!

Welcome to all and thank you for joining!

It would not be a hop if you did not join in. 🙂

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 and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



First Green Babies Hit the Ground!

The rain gave us a break this week which meant some of my green babies got in the ground!

This batch had been hardening off and I imagine they were excited to get in the back of Ms. Tupelo to ride back to their garden home.

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These were truly the strongest bunch of plants I have ever had. They all looked awesome as they went in.

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I plant so many varieties of tomatoes that I decided to color code them with tie wraps this year. Early in year I can recall my layout. Later in the year when it is a tomato jungle out there, it becomes more difficult to distinguish. The difference between a Green Zebra and Purple Cherokee is obvious but 5 different Romas can become challenging as they all start to intertwine with one another.

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I also am planting eggplant this year. I hope they do well. I am looking forward to Eggplant Parmesan from these and my tomatoes.

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Bottom line is that these first green babies are happy to be in and this farmgirl was even happier to get some soil under the nails and sunshine!

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Happy Unleashing!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #224

FGF LogoV2Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

Well we are back from Georgia. We had so much fun visiting our family, building a raised bed, cleaning out some other areas around the house and planting in them and of course spending time with our rockstar of a grandson!

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A blog will be forthcoming on our outside fun!

All our entries on our little blog hop here as so awesome on a weekly basis. One of the blogs I love to read are the ones titled “Homestead Hack” and then it can be on a variety of topics. We all love hacks so I always check those out. Last week, a simple yet effective way to dice tomatoes and not have juice dripping down your cabinets was great! And the best thing about it was, as all hacks, you probably have what you need laying around your house. Thank you Taylor for sharing! (I am going to make you head over there for the hack instead of spoiling it for you).

Let’s get going on this week’s shall we? Brag on what you are up to this week. Here are some guidelines if you are new here.

Welcome to all and thank you for joining!

It would not be a hop if you did not join in. 🙂

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 and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #223

FGF LogoV2Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

We are heading to Georgia to visit our daughter #2 and her family, do some dog sitting and more visiting with daughter #1. D#3 couldn’t make it on this trip, so next time for her.

 

DSCN2982We are building a raised bed for D2 and her family. I cannot wait to get my little grandson in the dirt with me! The raised bed is part of their Christmas present. They all LOVE veggies (including little Arlo) and we thought teaching them all how to grow some of their own would be fun. We got them hand tools and gloves and stuff for Christmas. This weekend we will build the bed. I have a few green babies that I am taking and we will be planting some seeds.

DSCN2979We will do the square foot gardening method which is easy and what got me hooked on gardening a few years ago. Low on weeds and high on success. These 2 pictures are from my first try a few years ago (2012).  It got me obsessed with gardening and I am hoping to bring them the same thrill. Wish us all fun in the sun and soil!

I love looking through all the entries on our hop. Recipes, animals, animal babies, health tips, pretty pictures and more! How about you? Did you get a chance to look through the link ups from last week? How about this adorable basket from scraps?

This is so beautiful and looks like fun! What a great way to use up some of those many, many bins of scraps I continue to save. Thank you Farmgirl Freckles for sharing!

Let’s get hopping! Brag on what you are up to this week. Here are some guidelines if you are new here.

Welcome to all and thank you for joining!

It would not be a hop if you did not join in. 🙂

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 and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #222

FGF LogoV2Welcome to Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It has been a fun week here since it is Derby week. I will posting a blog later on some Derby Week Fun that we have had. In between it has been rainy but today is gorgeous so I am looking forward to heading outside later and playing in the dirt!

Have you ever made seed bombs? If not Maple Hill Farm shared a great tutorial on making these. They look like so much fun!

Thanks for sharing every week.  I continue to learn and learn and be inspired.

So let’s getting 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 and visiting each other!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters