Category Archives: Gardening

Short Trip to the Market

One of the best thing about living here is that the produce section of our local market is just out the back door. I was thinking about what we need for the next few days of meals and decided to … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned About Grapes

Ok, last year I thought I was smart to prune my concord grapes in the early summer, giving the lovely little green baby bunches lots of sunshine and air. At the end of the season, I was so disappointed to … Continue reading

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September Shift

We are moving into the next stage on the farm, with new crops coming ripe and new colors taking precedence in the fields. The goldenrod is becoming king of the landscape, and all other flowers are stepping back to make … Continue reading

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A Couple Interesting Things

This week I attended the Michigan Fiber Festival, at the Allegan County Fairgrounds. I go every couple of years and it is a special treat if I can take a class while I am there. This year I signed up … Continue reading

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The Busy Season

August and September are crazy busy on our farm. All the summer crops are ripening up and we are switching out the spring plantings for new fall crops, such as spinach and lettuce. My husband went to town planting potatoes … Continue reading

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The In-Between Weeks

Ah, the sweet moments between Spring and Summer! The fields are back up to a foot or two of growth after their spring mowing and the earliest wildflowers are beginning to bloom — purple vetch and bladder flowers. The concord … Continue reading

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Rhubarb Rooky

I was watching my 2nd-year rhubarb plant, marveling at the little round bulb forming in the center and how it gradually rose in a stalk of flowers. Somebody told me that you should not necessarily let it flower because then … Continue reading

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Spring is Back On Track

It looks like we survived all the freezing nights, and things are springing up in earnest now. It feels so great to wander the farm to find new sprouts and see and hear the wildlife coming out of hibernation. I … Continue reading

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Protecting the Orchard III

The weather forecast says the freezing scare is now past us, at least for the next week. Last night I repeated the sprinkling strategy to apply another coat of ice to the orchard. When I looked out the window at … Continue reading

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Protecting the Orchard II

This morning I threw on some warm clothes at 5:45 to go out in the dark and check on the orchard. The grass made a gentle crushing sound as I crossed the frosted lawn. Leaving the driveway and approaching the … Continue reading

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Protecting the Orchard

Ok, last April we knew the last freeze was on its way and we lovingly covered the apple and peach trees with sheets to save them from damage. Three nights in a row. The blossoms stayed on the trees and … Continue reading

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Future Tree Dreams

As we have been locked down this past year, we saved a lot of eating-out and travel money and are debating where to spend the savings. We settled on the future. Specifically, we are buying trees and supporting the Arbor … Continue reading

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Farm Video Day

I took a couple videos of some of the interesting behaviors of our farm animals, and uploaded them to YouTube for those of you who might enjoy them. One is of the amazing Sandhill Cranes that winter in our area. … Continue reading

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For The Love of Yucky Jobs

“Love” may be an exaggerated term for the relationship I’ve developed with the more disgusting chores of running our little farm. I find I have recently been waxing philosophical more than usual, perhaps because as the world spins out of … Continue reading

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Instant Gum Tree Grove

Last week I mentioned the little grove of transplanted trees we put in. A few days later, I found that all the leaves were gone and I couldn’t even see the stems anymore. I thought the transplanting had failed and … Continue reading

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Last Harvest – Red Hots

Most of the garden has been cleaned out and winterized, but this week I gathered all the hot red peppers and threw them into the dehydrator so they could be crunched up for pepper flakes. I wore gloves and put … Continue reading

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Playing Arborist

We recently visited a nursery to research what kinds of trees we might plant in the pasture to grow a little shade for the goat and sheep. It has to grow fast and do well in full sun, dry stretches … Continue reading

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Woes of an Orchard Farmer

The problem is, I am not really a farmer, in that I don’t know much about what I am doing. It is all trial and error, lots of error. I do read the instructions when I can find them, but … Continue reading

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First Garlic

This is our first experience harvesting garlic, and what a haul! My husband planted it last October, and let it sit all winter and spring. Finally, you dig it up after the leaves begin to brown, wash it off, and … Continue reading

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Vine Patrol

I’ve been on a new quest this summer, to destroy the wild vines that creep their way up our woodland trees and strangle them as they reach for the best sunlight in the canopy. Some are poison ivy, some Virginia … Continue reading

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