Category Archives: Gardening

Work To Be Done

It looks like the harvesting season  is kicking into high gear. I did the spinach in May, strawberries in June, asparagus in June and July, and now all the summer stuff is coming ripe. I really do love feeling like … Continue reading

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Summer Harvest

We are joyously in the middle of the zucchini and cucumber deluge, along with the new addition of slim little Chinese eggplants. Hubby pulled the onions yesterday and we need to find a good place to store them so that … Continue reading

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What To Do With Excess

Our garden is producing very well this year. My husband has been making pickles galore, sampling lots of different recipes. I think he is tiring of the task and really, how many pickles can one eat? I found some big … Continue reading

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Wildflowers for All

A few years ago, we invested in a wildflower planting in the acre of land along the highway out front of our farm. The first year, it was infested with a weed called “mare’s tail” and I spent hours exhaustively … Continue reading

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Freezing Strawberries

Inexplicably, this year has been great for my little strawberry patch. I’ve been collecting about two quarts a night and it just keeps on giving.  In contrast, the asparagus is weak and sparing. I put straw on both of them … Continue reading

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What’s This Geometry?

I saw this on the porch screen and was perplexed at the pattern until I looked closer. I guess I should have respected their privacy but it was so pretty! I actually hate these little triangular flies that follow me … Continue reading

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Our First Grape Harvest

This is the third summer since planting our little vineyard and this year we allowed the Concord grapes to form. Last week, I scrambled under a tight time window to get the first batch of ripe grapes turned into juice … Continue reading

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Harvest in Full Swing

Here we go again! I know I publish a photo of our veggie harvest every year, but it always catches me by surprise. I thought I’d do a quick check for ripe tomatoes or squash before I came in from … Continue reading

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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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