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 #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

 

Green Babies Thriving in my Absence!

Sometimes life happens and the best laid plans…. well you know!  We farmgirls (even us newbies!) are busy, busy, busy. We plan, we act, and we hop off the trail when other duties call. My new role of Mimi has pulled me away from Big Sky Acres lately. It is well WORTH it!  Spending these couple weeks here, cuddling with Arlo and seeing my daughter become a mommy– well as VISA says it is “priceless.”

As you might remember I have some green babies! I started my tomatoes and peppers from seed this year (I am still a novice at this veggie growing thing) and they have been my pride and joy. I have 100+ green babies and some are quite tall right now and getting blooms on them.

However, my plans of a weed free, beautifully planted area for these little babies has gotten sidetracked more than once this season. Rain, back issues, cold weather and all kinds of things have side stepped my plans. My traveling has not helped either.  Some tomatoes are in the garden–it is not weed free or pristine, but you know what??  They don’t seem to mind. They are thriving and hubby sends me pictures of them growing. These green babies are doing just fine in the sunshine and soil. I can’t wait to see them next week!

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I still have many to plant. Next week, when I get home I will do that, but for now they are still in pots on my deck. I gave them a good spray of fish emulsion before I left and they don’t look too bad.  They are patiently waiting for me and growing while doing so.

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So, I am late, late with the garden chores. But as a year around gardener (in the making) that is OK! I am reading in my Indiana gardening book that I can still plant beans, peas, squash and all kinds of things in July.  Yippee!! When my CSA is finishing up on their cycle, mine will follow. My other bed is full of lettuce, radishes, chard and peas. Those morsels will be awaiting me next week to hop on a dinner plate.

Best laid plans… we don’t make them! I love my “distraction” of baby Arlo and my green babies are thriving in my absence and will continue to do so when I return. Have I “got my garden in?” Well some it, not all of it, but if I embrace the idea of growing in a constant state, year around there is no “get my garden in” date. It is only about what’s up today. For me, Arlo is my focus today, the plants are focusing on sunshine and all is right in both worlds.

Happy Unleashing!

FGU