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Saturday on the Farm

It was another great harvest week! The Raspberries are starting to come in heavy. So yummy!

This is our tomato jungle. lol Yes, not staking them up was not a good idea!

We were excited to pick grapes off our vines. This is the first year we’ve gotten this many. Usually the birds and the chickens eat them all.

We have 4 vines, and were pleased to get this basket full of grapes.

These pictures Thursday night, and here’s everything we harvested that night.

These are the same vegetables as in the basket above, just out of the  basket.

And a very pretty Zinnia that Hannah planted in the middle of blooming.

Now that you’ve seen my gardens, what’s in your gardens?


Here are a few websites I found interesting and helpful this week:

How to Save Cucumber Seeds
How to dry basil
How to Propagate Geraniums Using Cuttings

 

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Saturday on the Farm

This is a different view then I usually share. This picture was taken by my son from the top of the goat pen hill. I climbed this hill. Once. Once was enough. I really have no clue how the goats can run straight down this hill.  The first building at the bottom of the hill is the goat barn. The next building by the big tree is our shed. And that’s our van in the driveway. You can’t see it in this picture, but the creek goes in between the two buildings, from left to right. When I say we live in the hills of Kentucky, I mean it.  The top of the goat pen isn’t even at the top of the hill. Our house is in a little valley, before the hill goes up on the other side. Which means the sun doesn’t shine on our house until about 10 in the morning.  But we also miss the pretty sunsets because of the hills.

Our dog Shadow will greet you at the bottom of the hill where he lives by the goat barn. He’s an Australian Shepard.

We have a ton of tomatoes in the garden. Here’s a sample. No red ones yet, but we’re really looking forward to them. I’m really surprised my husband hasn’t picked any for fried green tomatoes. For a northener, he really likes his fried green tomatoes. lol

 

The cucumber vines decided to travel to visit the tomatoes. It’s nice how our veggies are friends.  :)

The green beans are coming in heavy now. We’ve eaten some and they are delicious. My husband helped my prepare some for canning tonight. We canned 7 quarts. That was just from today’s picking. We actually had enough for another jar or two, also.

The yellow squash is doing well.

The zucchini are still growing. We’ve gotten a lot of them. I have the dehydrator filled again tonight with diced zucchini. We did lose one plant in a recent storm, but nothing else was damaged.

I ventured out to the garden for a little weeding on Thursday night. There are a few small areas we didn’t cover with cardboard or newspaper. The beets being one of them. It’s been so hot, I haven’t been able to be outside working. So the weeds were a little tall. *ahem* While pulling the weeds, I accidentally pulled a beet. They haven’t gotten very big. I would love to get enough to can a few pints. We shall see.

We built a new compost bin Thursday night, also. By we, I mean them. lol My son, with a little help from my husband, built it out of old pallets.

And then our son started filling it with gold from the goat barn. lol Looking forward to using some of that gold in the garden.  :)

I really like this planter that my husband assembled in the front yard. The only thing is, he put it too far under the butterfly bush. It doesn’t get enough sun. He planted it with the kids and they didn’t read the packages to check the height of the plants. lol But we still like it and have gotten a few flowers on the plants. The two bottom tiers on the left have blooms right now.

Here’s a close-up of the pretty little pansy in the bottom pot. Love it!

Now that you’ve seen my gardens, what’s in your gardens?


Here are a few websites I found interesting and helpful this week:

The Easiest Way to Preserve Herbs
How to Preserve Basil
Healing Calendula
How to Grow Pot Mint Basil Indoors
Herbs for Healthy Chickens
Solar Food Deydrator from old refridgerator video
Edible Plants: Nettle
Wooden Chicken Feeder

 

 

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Saturday on the Farm

I didn’t edit the background on the flower picture. That’s the way it came out! I had this happen once before when I took a picture of a sunflower and the background came out blue. I think it’s so cool. I just wish I knew what I did so I could replicate it whenever I want to. I used the same setting to take all these pictures, so it’s not something I changed on the camera.

I don’t know for sure what kind of flower it is, as my daughter planted a pack of “cutting flowers. This is just one of the bunch.

I love how different the stages of the Hibiscus flowers are.

The other night, the guys brought in all these cucumbers and 2 zucchinis.

And then last night, they brought in all these! I better get busy making pickles and freezing and dehydrating the zucchini.

This is the first year we’ve had haws on the Hawthorne tree. The leaves are dying out on the tree, but the haws are hanging in there. lol

Here are the squash plants with the green beans behind them. There are actually a couple of squash plants that aren’t in the picture. There is another green bean fence behind this one that you can’t tell in the picture.

We haven’t had any yellow squash yet. But they’re coming!

Now that you’ve seen my gardens, what’s in your gardens?

 

Here are a few websites I found interesting and helpful this week:

How to Deal with Japanese Beetles

 

 

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Saturday on the Farm

I just love the Echinacea flowers.

The next picture is taken from my front porch, looking left. You can see the small purple Butterfly Bush (small being relative, it’s taller than me, but smaller than our big white bush), 2 Hibiscus – one pink and one white, branches from the Mimosa tree, and some Hostas on the lower left. The picture is blurry because the humidity is so high, as soon as I walked outside, the lens clouded up.

This is our 3rd Hibiscus bush in the back yard. The Mimosa tree on the right is the same tree that has branches in the picture above. The grape vines, (that has lots of grapes!) is to the right of the Redbud tree, behind the Hibiscus.

This is a flower from the above bush. Now I know what leaves holes in the flowers. Beetles.

We harvested a cucumber from the garden!  My 16 yo son is holding it in this picture. We all shared it, and it was so good!

Look at the Zucchini!

And more cucumbers!

We have lots of green bean blossoms.

And look at the tomatoes!!

The apples are so heavy, they are weighing the branches all the way down to the ground.

Now that you’ve seen my gardens, what’s in your gardens?

 

Here are a few websites I found interesting and helpful this week:
20 Common Herbs for Medicinal Purposes
Growing Tomato Plants Without Tomato Wire
How to Grow Big Leaf Maple Trees From Cuttings

 

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Saturday on the Farm is a blog carnival that lets us share links to our blog post. It’s fun to visit each others farms.

To participate in Saturday on the Farm:

  • Write a post about your homestead, farm, farmette, or the tomato plant on your deck. Your cows, goats, chicken, or your favorite kitty cat.
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For more Farm & Garden posts, please visit:
Homestead Barn Hop
Bloomin’ Tuesday
Frugal Gardening 101
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers

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Saturday on the Farm

We have very spoiled chickens. I’ve shared pictures before of them at the front door waiting for food. They stand there looking in at us. I think they’re seeing if we’re eating anything good. lol They will even knock on the door by pecking it if we’re not paying any attention to them. It really surprises our guests. lol They will even eat out of our hands. Here’s Hannah feeding a hen bread.

Last week, I shared pictures of the cucumber blossoms. This week we have cucumbers!

Yum! Looks almost ready to eat! Now, I wonder who I’ll have to share it with? lol

Hope you enjoyed my little tour this week. How are your gardens growing?

Here are some links I found interesting and helpful:
Naturally Disinfecting the Chicken Coop
Grow it Yourself Hydroponic Gardening
Herbs To Know – Chicory

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For more Farm & Garden posts, please visit:
Homestead Barn Hop
Bloomin’ Tuesday
Frugal Gardening 101
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers

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Saturday on the Farm

I sent my 15 year old daughter out yesterday to take pictures for me. Here’s what she saw:

The Raspberries are giving us a few a day. And we’ve been eating them all out of hand. We actually get more raspberries in the fall. So hopefully, I’ll have enough to do something with.  We love just eating them straight, but it would be nice to put enough in the freezer to have a raspberry crisp or something for Thanksgiving dinner.

The Blackberries are coming in, too. I have enough in the fridge to make something now. The kids all want Blackberry Cobbler, so I guess I’ll make that first.

 

 

The Butterfly bushes are blooming!

 

The white one is so big and beautiful. This was pruned back a LOT in the spring, too.

The purple one is smaller in comparison, but is almost 5 feet tall.

The purple flowers are beautiful, too.

Finally, some action in the vegetable garden to report. lol The Cucumbers have blossoms!

From the reports I’m hearing, the squashes and tomatoes have blossoms, too. And we have beets the size of a pea. lol

 

I never tire of looking at the goats on the hill! There’s just something so peaceful about animals grazing on a hill.

 

Hope you enjoyed my little tour this week. How are your gardens growing?

Here are some links I found interesting and helpful:

Chicken Chart
Worm Composting
Dewberries– I don’t recall seeing any of these on our property, but I will keep my eye out for them

 

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Saturday on the Farm is a blog carnival that lets us share links to our blog post. It’s fun to visit each others farms.

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  • Write a post about your homestead, farm, farmette, or the tomato plant on your deck. Your cows, goats, chicken, or your favorite kitty cat.
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For more Farm & Garden posts, please visit:
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Bloomin’ Tuesday
Frugal Gardening 101
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Saturday On The Farm

The Glads are blooming this week!

These are in the a/c garden. They are all across the back of the garden. That’s the Iris’s in the front, they only bloom once, unfortunately. That is an almost finished trellis made out of branches in front of the a/c.

Hannah planted Purple Hyacinth under the trellis. They are growing, and will soon grow up the trellis and hid the a/c. Of course, we must finish the trelllis first. lol

Purple Hyacinth

Our Mimosa tree had a run in with some visiting kids who thought the branches were nice for sitting and swinging. We’re trying to prop them pack up in the hopes they will stay up and we won’t have to cut them.

The tree is blooming. I just love the fluffy pink blossoms.

Below is part of the Mimosa tree. It’s so big now, it won’t all fit in the picture. The grapes are to the left of the tree, and you can see the Rose, the Passion Flower and a glimpse of the yellow Day Lily’s in the Bible Garden on the right.

Speaking of grapes, we have a lot on the vine this year. And a trellis that really must be replaced in the fall when we prune the grapes.

See all the grapes? We are planning on making grape juice this year. That is, if the birds leave us some grapes. lol

And the Butterfly Bushes are getting ready to bloom! Always an exciting time around here. We just love these and all the butterflies they attract.

The Hostas in front of the house are blooming.

The apples are getting big, and weighing down some of the branches. Can’t wait to cook with these! Applesauce, Apple Pie. And I really want to try my hand at Apple Cider, saving some to make my own Apple Cider Vinegar. 

Hope you enjoyed my little tour this week. How are your gardens growing?

Here are some links I found interesting and helpful:

Introducing Herbs to Your Kids
How to Make Lemongrass Oil
Video – How to Prune Grapes
How to Make a Mini Rain Barrel
Harvesting and Cooking Garlic Scapes
Useful Weeds
Organic Gardening Tips
Amish Pest Control for “All Bugs”
Passion Flower

Grab The Saturday on the Farm Button!

Saturday on the Farm is a blog carnival that lets us share links to our blog post. It’s fun to visit each others farms.

To participate in Saturday on the Farm:

  • Write a post about your homestead, farm, farmette, or the tomato plant on your deck. Your cows, goats, chicken, or your favorite kitty cat. 
  • Add the link to your post (not your main page) below. 
  • Please link back to me so others can join the fun, too.

For more Farm & Garden posts, please visit:
Homestead Barn Hop
Bloomin’ Tuesday
Frugal Gardening 101
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers

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