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Saving Kale Seeds

Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a great weekend.

Several years ago, I bought kale plants at our local greenhouse.  I got them in the fall. We enjoyed lots of kale that fall from them. They died back in the winter. Then came back in the spring. They have did this for 3 or 4 years now.

So this year, I decided to save seeds from them. First I let the seed pods dry out on the plant. Then I gathered them.

Put the seeds on a paper plate to dry for about a week.

Put them in a ziploc bag to save till time to plant. I don’t usually try to save these small seeds but I thought these would be worth it.

Enjoy your day and God bless.

Garden Update

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I did a garden update.

Things are growing good considering how dry it is. I really like the weed fabric.

These three pictures are of the upper garden. Just look at those beautiful peppers! They are a new to me variety called gypsy peppers. I got the seed from Hoss Tools.

This picture shows the raised beds I added this spring. I love how the A frame looks. Also check out the row of tomatoes!

This is the lower garden. I plant it a little later than the upper garden so we can harvest all summer. Those beautiful squash plants are volunteers. As of right now, I have no idea what variety they are. Time will tell!

I have beans and rampicante squash planted in this bed. The beans are Roma and they are almost ready to pick. See my ever faithful companion at the gate.

The rampicante squash is growing very nicely on the trellis. I have plants on both sides. Hopefully they will grow and meet in the middle. We grew this squash last year and loved it. It is a dual purpose squash. Great as a summer squash but also as a winter squash. We made soup from them last year and froze it. It was delicious! We are hoping to make more this year.

That’s all for now. I hope you all have a great day. God bless!


Dave and I have been working on a few projects at his house. This is the finished product of one of these projects. Recently I posted the first pergola build that we did. We finished the second one this past weekend and got the roof on.

The metal roofing is so nice. I love the color.

We poured some cement the weekend before that. It serves two purposes. It is a good solid step and a base for leveling up the pergola.

This area will get lots of use.

God bless.


Hello everyone! We have baby chicks! It has been a while since we had chickens here at the farm. We had weasel problems but hopefully we have everything predator proof now.

We went last Saturday to Martinsville Rural King and got them. It was our first girls day out since we got our vaccine.

We chose Saturday because it was June 5th. Our sweet Julie’s birthday. She would have been twenty three. She would have loved to get baby chicks on her birthday!

God bless!

Garden Update

Hello everyone! I wanted to share a few of my garden pictures. In the above picture-cabbage, broccoli, peas and bok choy. Also volunteer asparagus!

Zucchini and tomatoes!

Lettuce, onions and more peas!

Growing potatoes for the first time in these grow bags. So far I really like how they are growing.

Kale, spinach and extra zucchini plant

Cucumbers at the A frame trellis. I really like how this looks.

Another big thing we have new this year is the weed fabric. Dave and the kids came over earlier in the month and we got it put down.

I may change my mind as the summer goes on and the garden grows but right now I love it!

I have pole beans planted on the trellis between the tomatoes. I am planting many different varieties of pole beans to help us decide which one we like the best.

This trellis is all tomatoes. All together we have about 45 tomato plants!!

A small little pepper bloom. I am trying new varieties of peppers this year, Gypsy, Beaver Dam, Ajvarski, and Poblanos.

A beautiful bloom on a Jet Star tomato. This variety did really well for us last year.

I guess that’s all for now. I have much more to show but I don’t want to make this post too long. Many changes to the garden this year and I am loving it!❤

God bless!

Dandelion Jelly

Spring is officially here!

One of the first things we like to do in spring is make dandelion jelly. The kids came over yesterday and we started picking those beautiful yellow blooms.

We had a great time!

Getting off all the green part of the flower is not the fun part of making the jelly. But Grace and the kids made it fun by playing a word guessing game while we worked.

I love my little family so much!

God bless!


Hello everyone! I hope you have all been enjoying this wonderful time of the year. Over the weekend, Dave, the kids and I put up a beautiful pergola at their house.

It was a kit they purchased from Sam’s Club. They purchased two of them but only received one. Shipping is so crazy right now. Hopefully the other one will be delivered soon.

It was a full day project but not too hard. All the holes were predrilled and the wood was lightweight.

It took a long time to screw in all the little strips for the roof.

But we got them done. I think these two pictures show a comical difference in our height.

Finished with pergola number one. They will both be covered with metal roofing. Jess cannot be in the sun at all. So this area will be her outdoor sanctuary. I am so happy I got to help with it.

God bless!

Spring Flowers

Good morning everyone! I hope you have all had a good week.

Things are really starting to pop here!

Mint is looking good. We will soon be enjoying fresh mint tea!

Mullein is one of our favorite spring teas!

Blood root is blooming! They always look so happy!

The bees are busy working!

I am so thankful that our God loves color!

God bless!

Getting Ready

It’s getting that time of year!!!

I love the smell of fresh tilled earth!

We have a neighbor who comes every year and does the first tilling of other gardens for us. After that Grace and I do it.

I also had some other helpers!

Grace and I wanted to pull the cattle panels up and rearrange them this year. The kids were great help!

Sometimes though we need a little extra help!

We are hoping to get baby chicks and baby ducks in a few weeks. We took this old rabbit hutch and modified it. We plan on putting the babies in here for a while. We are very excited! It has been a long time since we had baby chicks and ducks!

Enjoy your day and God bless.