Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #216

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

I am traveling this week. And with a fun and good cause! One, it is a girl’s (and well grandson too) getaway  in Georgia. I get to see all three of my daughters and my sweet Arlo who is 21 months going on 7!  He is such a happy, talkative, active little boy! And whenever I get to spend time with all three daughters it is full of laughter and happiness and is just well special!

On Saturday (tomorrow) we will be walking in breast cancer walk.

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My youngest daughter has been involved in volunteering for cancer walks since college sorority days. When she took her current job she found herself again involved in a breast cancer walk. It benefits there local community – specifically those suffering with breast cancer. So it will be a weekend of powerful stories, tears, laughter and will be extremely special to share this with all of my daughters.

I have also been busy planning for spring. I have green babies under the lights and they are growing hourly!

Last weeks favorite was easy for me. Taylor had me POTATO as I LOVE everything potato. As a matter of fact we used the last of our potatoes this week (in honor of St. Paddy’s day) and that makes me a little melancholy…

BUT Taylor’s recipe for Leftover Mashed Potato Cakes will get me to dart to the store to get some more! They look so yummy!

What have you been up to? Please link up below to your blog so you can brag on your farmgirl doings! I am away from home, but I will be checking (because I simply cannot resist!).

So, 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



Spring Gardening

Things are still soggy and cool here but the calendar tells me that it is time to get moving on gardening tasks (and fun!). Gardening is my most favorite thing. I have so much to learn and every season I learn a little more and tweak my methods and my schedule. This month we are planting a spring garden and are laying cover crops in the summer gardens. These are new tasks. Some things are the same– I am starting my seedlings, but now on a great gardening table thanks to hubby.

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Here are some highlights of our week so far…

I cleaned out the raised beds that house the strawberries right before Easter. This week they are producing blossoms. We are hoping for a LOT of strawberries this year. The birdies and bunnies like them also so they remain caged all season!

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It would be hard for me to say what my favorite thing to grow is, but I am pretty obsessed with tomatoes. I started 1/2 of them this week (48) and the other 48 will be started in about 10 – 14 days. Some seeds were repeats like the Grandero tomatoes from Johnny’s and some are new tries from Seeds of Italy. My mouth just waters thinking about July and August! I have not bought any tomatoes throughout the winter. We have used our preserved ones from last summer (which are yummy) but nothing will beat the taste of our first picked fresh tomato weeks down the road.

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I mixed my own seed starter mix this year. Excited about this new activity!

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I also transplanted some seedlings that will be going outside soon. And I planted seconds of some peppers and eggplant. Things are growing!

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Last but not least we got our potatoes out this week. Hubby is an immense help in this. “Potato Hill” as we affectionately call Garden 6 used to be a junk pile when we moved in. We are still finding shoes, glass and all kinds of odd things there, but hubby worked hard to till this nicely and dig trenches for our potatoes. We planted Kennebec, Purple Majesty and Sangre Red. Last year we totally messed up the potato thing and still got some simply by grace. We are hoping that planting them correctly this year will reap some tasty goods!

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Next on the schedule is planting Garden 1 which will have the cool weather crops. Some are started and some will simply be sown. This should be completed by Sunday. I have not done a spring garden yet and I am really excited.

Last night we ate some lettuce that had over wintered in a cold frame and used a couple of spring garlic. It was a perfect finish to a day playing in the dirt!

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What were you up to this week? Are you just beginning your gardening like me or already way past the starting gate?

Happy Unleashing in your garden!

FGU

 

 

 

 

 

Playing in the Dirt!

sprinkler garden 3There are few things I love more than a freshly tilled and planted garden.  I know it is exciting and oh so pretty when stuff starts coming up, but that moment I look at a newly planted area gives me a thrill. I love the smell, the look, the crud under my fingernails and the sweat I feel dripping down my back which all says in chorus “Good Job!”

Over the last few days we have planted two new beds.  One is actually a combo of Garden 2 and Garden 5 from last year.  We put them together to make one biggie plot-43 ft x26 ft. Hubby tilled it up with our Kubota and then we marked off rows and we planted using my handy dandy Earthway Seeder. We planted a variety of beans, peas, beets, cucumbers and flowers. I know you can’t see anything yet, but isn’t it pretty??

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A little butterfly enjoyed hovering over it while I was finishing up.

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The second one was more challenging. We had a mini hill that was nothing but hard dirt, glass, trash, weeds and more.  Mostly stuff we didn’t want. Hubby took to it with a hand held hoe, our rototiller and a bunch of man power and got it to the point of workable soil.

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Since it is a hill (not real noticeable here, but it is elevated) we decided to put potatoes in here.  I know potatoes are risky right now as it is July. BUT I had bought them and was out of town during much of May and most of June so they did not get planted.  It was either give them a shot now or toss them. We chose to let them see what they could do and we are optimistic they will return something to us for the opportunity. 🙂

We added some eggplant in here as I understand that is a good companion for potatoes.  I sprinkled some bee friendly seeds in as well. I sprinkle a bit of those in all the gardens.

By noon yesterday we were watering our newly planted areas. Looking at them soaking in the water makes you feel so hopeful doesn’t it? I imagine the little seeds are happy to be in the soil, getting water and nutrients and are planning their grand entrance.

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I can’t wait until I see them popping up and I get to meet all of my new green babies. Are you still planting? What’s your favorite part?

Happy Unleashing in your garden!

FGU