Category Archives: Gardening

Ready For an Orchard?

Last week, we added the next big thing to the farm. We ordered fruit trees to begin our little orchard – 4 apples, 2 peaches, and a cherry tree, all dwarfs. These are from a local orchard, as we are … Continue reading

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Primping For The Fair

I want a couple more chickens to pump up our egg production. A friend suggested that rather than starting from chicks, maybe I could buy some at the livestock auction at the county fair. So, tonight I went over and … Continue reading

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How To Grow Broccoli?

This year, we tried an experiment and planted a row in the vegetable garden with eggplant, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts. I like to eat all of them, but could we make it grow? The plants are all growing well … Continue reading

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Final Preparations for Winter on the Farm

Things are quieting down and bundling up for winter here on the farm. The prairie is tall and brown, with the dry seed heads rattling together as they shake in the wind. When the winter snows come, they will begin … Continue reading

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Harvest in the Barn

I finished my sunflower harvesting project! I had to buy two extra packages of lunch bags to do it, but I lovingly covered all the heads that I’d strung together and tied some twine around the top to hold them … Continue reading

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Too Much to Chew

We took a day off from church to stay on the farm and start prepping the garden for winter. I felt a little guilty so I was way too productive to make up for it. I baked a loaf of … Continue reading

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Owwee! Stinging Nettles

In the hot humid Michigan climate at the end of summer, you have to do your gardening in the morning or evening if you don’t want to collapse in a pool of sweat. At least that is how it seems … Continue reading

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Flowers – Never Too Many

I hear myself complaining about all the work involved in processing the vegetables coming ripe in the garden. (What a baby I can be.) However, you’ll never hear me complain about excess flowers. My sunflower gardens are profuse and happy this … Continue reading

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Getting Bowled Over with Bounty

Okay, it’s early August and the lovely large garden my husband planted with such care has grown up and is delivering on its promises. Help! I love fresh produce, but I’m drowning here. The green beans did not do so well, … Continue reading

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Rascally Rabbits

I’ve been debating how long I can get away with picking asparagus before I have to let it go all to seed. The weeds had gotten the better of me again, and I wasn’t sure I could face yet another long … Continue reading

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The Glory of Sunflowers

I just love sunflowers. So easy to plant, so trouble-free to grow, and so majestic when they mature. Last night I took an evening stroll down the path between my two rows by the vineyard. They are reaching well over my … Continue reading

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Darwinian Garden

This has been one of those farm days that feel good, but I wore myself out. I pruned off the dead blooms on the rose bushes, tended to the honeybees, raked the muck out of the shallows of the pond, … Continue reading

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Grapevines Forming

So, a month after planting our delicate little grapevine twigs and roots, all but one have sprouted lush green leaves and some have begun stretching and reaching for something to wind around. My husband is busily learning the craft of … Continue reading

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Over Already?

Wasn’t it only three days ago I was feeling the glory of an abundant strawberry harvest, and looking forward to hauling in two quarts a day for the next week? I had to miss a couple more days due to … Continue reading

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Strawberry Harvest

We are now right in the thick of the glorious strawberry season, and I’m getting a little overwhelmed. I learned that berries do not ripen any further after they are picked, so my daily visit to the strawberry patch is … Continue reading

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Grow!

The little  baby grape vines are now planted! My husband had his friends and family work crew here last week and they gently placed them all into the ground. Now, it is all up to the roots to do their … Continue reading

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Vineyard Trellis

Last weekend was the big trellis construction project. It is much larger and more impressive than I had anticipated! The vines are to arrive next week, and their cozy little holes are already drilled out and ready for their occupants to … Continue reading

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Starting on the Vineyard

My husband’s big project of the year is to plant the vineyard. The vines are coming at the end of May, so this weekend he is having friends over to help set up the trellises. I hope the weather cooperates. … Continue reading

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Gone in 60 Seconds

When it’s really cold like it is this week, I take pity on my poor little chickens and make them a nice warm batch of oatmeal.  They figured out quickly that it was their favorite thing in the whole world. … Continue reading

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Deer Love Winterberry

I was so excited to install winterberry bushes in our back yard garden, looking forward to those gorgeous red berries against the snow all winter.  Oh, I get it.  The local animals were excited about it as well. I was … Continue reading

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