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Garden

Hello everyone! I hope you have been enjoying these nice summer days. I have definitely enjoyed this summer.I have found a new seed company to order from. It is called Hoss Tools. I have never known seeds to germinate as quickly as theirs have and the plants look beautiful. I am experimenting with fall crops this year.

These are Max Packs cucumbers from Hoss Tools. Just look how pretty they are.

This is a late bean crop I planted on Monday of this week and they are already up on Friday. This is just amazing to me. These are called Momentum beans. I also planted Dragon’s Tongue and Rattlesnake beans. The Rattlesnake beans are a pole variety which I am very excited about. I think I really like the idea of picking beans standing up!

One of the the things we are battling right now is tomato hornworms. David fixed us up two black lights and every night Grace and I go hornworm hunting. So far we have found five. They are huge. I do not want them to destroy our tomatoes. They can do so much damage in a short amount of time.

Speaking of tomatoes, I tried something different this year. A lot of the homesteading people I follow do not trim their tomatoes. I have always trimmed mine but I thought I would try a different approach this year. As you can see, they were quite a jungle. This made it so hard to see the hornworms even with a black light. So yesterday, I spent four hours in the tomato patch.

Now they are all trimmed, tied up and so much better (in my opinion). I think that I prefer to trim mine.

We had a really bad lightning storm the other day. Lightning ran our phone line and knocked out our phones and internet. The phone company came quickly and replaced the damaged parts. So thankful for good grounding so that no other damage was done. The sky was beautiful though after the storm passed.

So that’s about all for now. I wanted to end this post with these pretty sky pictures.

Grace took this picture last night of the moon just peeking out from the cloud. God bless!

Squash

Our squash is producing really well this year. I shredded some yesterday and put in the freezer for zucchini bread later on. I also chopped up some really fine and froze in one cup portions for soup.

This method, however, is the one I am most excited about. I breaded and individually froze three trays for frying. This is our favorite way to eat squash. I wasn’t sure how it would be so I fried some yesterday evening for supper after it had been in the freezer about 3 hours. It was delicious! To be honest, we couldn’t tell any difference in it and fresh squash.

I got one gallon bag yesterday. We definitely want to do more!

Just look at all the blooms on this squash. If all goes well, we will have lots more to do.

God bless.

Hello

Hello everyone! I hope you have all been enjoying these warm summer days. We have been having beautiful weather here in Floyd. It is pretty dry, some rain would be nice but that is usually how summers go.

We are enjoying our harvests from the garden. Starting to get some squash and cucumbers. Yum!

Look at this cute baby watermelon. Maybe we will actually have watermelon this year.

These are called lemon squash. I attempted to grow them last but wasn’t successful. The squash bugs destroyed them. I have been able to stay more on top of the bugs this year so hopefully they will do better.

The blueberries are slowly ripening. They are about 3 weeks later than last year.

Jess and her family came over Saturday for a socially distant cook out. Just look at how big John Luke is.

The geese were at the pond the other morning. Seems a little early for them to start coming in but lots of things are a little off this year. All in God’s plan.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Apples

Hello everyone! It has been a beautiful week here in Floyd. I went to our local supermarket the other day and found these beautiful apples.

I purchased about a half bushel of them and made applesauce. The metal dishpan you see here belonged to my mom. It makes me happy to use her things.

I saved the peelings and made apple jelly from them.

Yay! We are working on building back up our jam and jelly section of the pantry as we were almost out.

I am trying out a new seed company. I have been watching a lot of their youtube videos and like them a lot. The brush on the left is a corn silking brush. I used it last night and really liked it. It made silking the corn so much easier.

Just look at the size of these black cherry tomatoes. This pot is at our front door. I have never put tomatoes there before but they seem to be doing good so far.

The squash on the right however is not doing so good. I ended up pulling it up yesterday and throwing it in the field so hopefully it won’t spread to the other plants. I sprayed everything this morning with neem oil. I have never used it before but so many of the gardeners I watch use it all the time. Hopefully it will help.

I thought I’d share this little pretty corner of my front porch. It is such a peaceful place to sit.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Garden Update

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a good week so far. We have been busy catching up. It rained all last week with kinda cool temperatures so we were a little behind on garden and yard chores.

Everything is growing good in the garden. This is our cucumber row. Some of them are blooming! We are definitely looking forward to fresh cucumbers. Last year we probably didn’t get ten cucumbers. Hopefully we will harvest lots of them this year.

The tomatoes are in the lower garden.

On each side of the tomatoes are beans and corn. I planted these about two weeks apart in hope’s of spreading out the harvest. Asparagus bed is at the end of the row.

We have certainly enjoyed our cabbage this year. Only two left!

The peppers finally seem to be growing.

Squash are starting to appear!

The first patch of green beans are getting bloom.

We have been enjoying fresh peas for several weeks now.

The radishes have all gone to seed. I think they make beautiful flowers and did you know you can eat the seed pods. They are delicious!

Blueberries haven’t started to ripen yet but hopefully soon.

Raspberries are ripening! These are such a nice treat.

Well I guess that’s all for now. God bless.

What’s Happening

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a good week. As you can tell by the picture, we are started to harvest from the garden. Such an exciting time for me. I love it when food starts coming in!

We harvested our first cabbage this week. These are small cabbages. I can’t remember the name but they are supposed to be small and they mature in a shorter time. I chose these so that hopefully we can eat the cabbage before the bugs and slugs get to them.

Flowers have been beautiful this year!

Beans and corn are planted in this section. One more section to plant. I am waiting about 2 weeks to plant it so that hopefully the harvest will be spaced out some.

When I am working in the upper garden, the cows come down to the fence to say hello. Actually, they want to see what kind of treats I throw over the fence for them. Cows are such curious creatures.

We have had a beautiful moon the last few nights.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a good week and God bless.

Garden Update

Hello everyone! I hope you have all had a good week. Things have been a little challenging here but nothing too serious. We had approximately 10 inches of rain in just a few days and it is pouring rain now as I make this post. All that rain caused our pump box to flood which in turned caused our pump to not work. We spent a few days without water but everything is working fine now.

A picture of the garden just a few days ago. Nothing is planted there yet so no harm done.

I took this picture at the top of the upper garden from one of my favorite sitting places. (Actually they are all my favorite sitting places).

I love how pretty this bed is. The purple you see is purple bok choy. Isn’t it pretty!

Everything is starting to come alive!

This is the Josta berry bush Jess and her family got me for my birthday.

One of the grapevines is starting to get some green on it.

I am trying something different this year in this planter. Instead of flowers I planted peppers in it. These are Ancho peppers.

I also put two cherry tomatoes in these pots. I am not putting any pots up in the garden. Way to much work to water them. But these are here on the deck. I can just water them when I water the flowers.

Well that’s about all for now. I hope you all have a good week. God bless.

My Surprise Mother’s Day Visit

Hello everyone! I received the sweetest surprise yesterday for Mother’s day.Jess was coming over to bring back some tools they had used. When she pulled in, all these babies jumped out and said “Surprise, Mawmaw! Happy Mother’s Day !!”This was the first time since all the Corona virus thing started that they had been here to the farm.Dave and Jess brought food and we had a socially distant picnic. We even walked around (once again socially distant) and I got to show them my garden and what is growing so far.It was a WONDERFUL mother’s day gift!! In addition to that, they also got me these solar lights which I love.There are 8 of them altogether. I have them put all around the house.I hope you all have a great day! God bless.

A Little Walk

Grace and I took a little walk yesterday.

The crimson clover is beautiful this year!

I love getting pictures of Grace when she is taking pictures!

Time to cut some hay!

I know it’s just a simple old farmhouse but we love it!

We finished the chicken cage and started working on the inside of the chicken house.

We removed the old roosts. We are changing the inside a little as we want to have the ducks and the chickens in here together at night. Also the cage will be in here while they are little. We want to put wire around the bottom and make sure there are no gaps anywhere where critters can get in.

The baby geese hatched out at the pond. Grace is getting pictures of them. Juicy is helping. He is a very curious cat, always seeing what is going on.

That’s all for now. God bless.