Saturday on the Farm

It has been sooooo hot in Kentucky this week! 101, 104, 105 Too hot!! Factor in the humidity, and we haven’t ventured outside for much this week. We’ve had to water every night, as it is so dry here. We haven’t had rain in over a month, and our county (and surrounding counties that I know of) are under a burn ban. There were storms yesterday that went through Ohio, part of Kentucky and West Virginia yesterday, but we didn’t get any rain from it. We had some wind, but it was a hot, straight from the furnace wind, not a cooling wind. Hopefully we get a break from the 100’s and get rain SOON!

Last week I shared pictures of the mystery plants that grew from the compost. I said I thought they were watermelon. Well, I was wrong. For this plant anyway. It appears to be a cucumber. I have Armenian Cucumbers planted in the vegetable garden, so this volunteer will be nice, too.

cucumber plant

Here’s Shadow, our Australian¬†Shepard lounging in the driveway. I sure don’t know how he can handle these temperatures with all that fur! He has been enjoying the ice water I’ve given him every afternoon. :)

Australian shepherd


I just love the buds on the Hibiscus plant.


The Feverfew is blooming. It’s in a planter by the front porch. I don’t think I’ve been watering it enough, but the flowers are looking pretty.


The Echinacea is in full bloom, with the Peppermint growing on the left, and the Chives on the right. I made homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream using the fresh peppermint. It’s so yummy!


This volunteer tomato plant growing through the slats of the compost bin is getting big. No flowers yet, though. There are two more growing on the inside of the bin that is made from pallets.

tomato plant

While I was out taking pictures, I found this strange flowers growing in the pool.



Here are a few links I found interesting and helpful:

Junk finds second life as yard decor
How to Break a Broody Hen or Not
3 Simple Tips to Growing a Bigger Garden Once You’ve Planted

Get Your Red Clover Before the Seasons Over
Feeding Angora Rabbits Organically
Home Herbology: Calendula Officialis

Wild Carrots, Queen Annes Lace and Deadly Hemlock – has excellent pics and information on identifying hemlock
The Best Homegrown Culinary Herbs Growing Tips and Facts
Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose Dresser as a Planter – I love this!

For more Farm & Garden posts, please visit:

Homestead Barn Hop
Bloomin’ Tuesday
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers


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  1. I love finding Volunteers in the garden. It always feels just like a gift…and it is. My favorite volunteers are the giant nicotiana that comes back every year and smells so sweet. They followed me from my former home. I didn’t plant them.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  2. Oh it looks like you’re getting the heat we experienced during our dry season Feb-Apr, and with RH of 85-90% we cannot venture for a few minutes outside. It gets too sticky. At least in your case your vegies and flowers can still grow, ours are totally brown even the grasses.
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