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Saturday on the Farm

We’ve had so much rain this week that we hear squish squash when we walk across the yard. Thankfully, though, all the storms that we had were mild compared to what others had, especially south of here. Although Western Kentucky had tornados, too.
Here’s what I saw on my walk today.
The Chives are blooming in the herb garden behind the house. I should find out if I’m supposed to let them bloom or not.

But the flowers are so pretty!

To the left of the Chives, is the Echinacea. They are getting big.

To the left of that are some wild strawberries. They have small berries on them!

This is Lamb’s Ear in the Bible Garden.

The Lily of the Valley in the Bible Garden are so pretty. The flowers are starting to fade, and I’m sure they’ll be gone by next week.

I found itty bitty apples on the apple trees by the driveway!

The Iris’s in the a/c garden are blooming! There are two open. I don’t know what kind these are, as we transplanted them here, but these yellow ones smell like lemonade!

So pretty!

The tomato seedlings are getting big. On sunny days, I put them outside on the porch.

This is a Wild Rose Bush behind the house by the clothesline. I always love it when these are blooming. It’s just heavenly to smell them while I”m  hanging clothes on the line.

I found buds on the Blackberries!

Hope you enjoyed this weeks tour! Link up below so I can visit you, too!

Here are some links:

Best Planting Dates for Seeds – You put in your zip code, and get the dates for your area.
Medicinal Uses for Horehound
Must Have Herbs – 5 Culinary Herbs to Grow in Your Garden

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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, just 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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Saturday on the Farm

There was so many new things to see on the farm this week, that I couldn’t stop taking pictures!
We had 2 litters of kittens born this week. Both litters had 3 kittens.
Photo by Abby, 12

The tomato seeds are sprouting! The ones in the big pots are full size tomatoes, the paper pots contain cherry tomatoes, that haven’t sprouted yet. The last couple of days, I’ve been putting the tray outside in the sun. It’s been windy, that’s why the seedlings are laying over.

This is one end of the gardens in front of the house.  The plant in the back on the right is a wild rose we transplanted there, there’s another one just to the left outside of the picture. The other end of the house looks similar, right down to the transplanted tree and wild rose bush. This is a “real life” picture that includes weeds, tall grass, and siding that needs to be washed. lol

The butterfly bushes are leafing out!

This is my Burning Bush. Behind it, you can see the hostas from the picture above, and the unfinished front porch.

The Lily of the Valleys in the Bible Garden are blooming! So pretty!

I started with maybe 9 bulbs a few years ago. Now I have this many. And there are no flowers where I originally planted them. They’ve spread farther back into the garden. That’s Cyclamen in the lower left corner of the picture. Yep, weeds, too. lol

The grape vines have not only leafed out, but they have grapes on them! Aren’t they the cutest little grapes you’ve ever seen? lol

I told you there was a lot to see this week. The raspberries have buds on them! I can hardly wait for these to ripen! lol

Some of the Dogwoods in the back yard. The backyard is to the left of the trees, then the creek, and the goat pen. The green box in the far left of the picture is the rabbit hutch.

And look what I found roosting in the Dogwood tree? Yes, they have a coop. They prefer the tree. Even this past winter, as cold as it was, they would be in the tree every night. Crazy chickens.

And here are the wild strawberry blossoms in the herb garden behind the house.

This is one of my Sugar Maple Trees in the side yard. I planted these about 4 years ago. They were only about 2 feet tall when I planted them. Now it’s taller than my 16 year old. I’m going to make maple syrup with my grandchildren. No, I don’t have any yet. Hopefully I will when the trees are old enough. lol

Hope you enjoyed this weeks tour! Link up below so I can visit you, too!

Here are some links:

How to Choose Edible Flowers
Planting, Trellising, Watering

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, just 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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Saturday on the Farm

The trees have really been putting on a show this week. With both the Dogwoods and the Redbuds in bloom.

Dogwood Tree Flower

 Here’s a picture of some of the goats on the hill behind our house. Can you see the boy and the baby goat way up on the top of the hill? The hill is considerably steeper than it looks. The goats run up and down it like it’s nothing. It sure is hard on people, though lol

And to get that picture, I had to stand on this. What I won’t do for pictures to share! lol Now, I could have gone all the way across and gotten a better picture, but I’m not that crazy! lol Hopefully, this summer, we’ll get another bridge up.

Lily, the rabbit, sure is enjoying Spring!

The Apple tree is flowering!

These are the raspberries. We have a lot of new vines coming up this year. The raspberries don’t usually make it into the house, as we stand out there and eat them. lol Maybe with more vines, we will actually bring some into the house. I hope to freeze some.

This is a Hawthorne Tree. It’s full of buds. We have never had any haws off it. Since this is the most buds we’ve ever had on this tree, maybe this will be the year we get some haws.

Photo by Calen, 16

 The Hawthorne Tree buds.

Photo by Calen, 16

 The Chives already have flower buds! I don’t remember them ever having buds this early.

Photo by Calen, 16

Hopefully, next week, I will have some vegetable garden pictures.  I have tomatoes started inside, but we have nothing planted outside yet. We are so behind!

Here are some links:

7 Nifty Ways to Grow Your Own Herbs
8 Money Saving Tips on Gardening in the City
How to Garden – Garden Beds

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, just 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
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers
Frugal Gardening
Cottage Flora Thursdays

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Saturday on the Farm

The weather has been nice this week. We’ve had rain a couple of days, with storms, but the rest of the time the weather was decent. 
I managed to get out and cover the herb garden at the back of the house with newspapers before the weeds get any worse. the only things up right now are the chives, the echinacea, and some wild strawberries. I need to get busy planting. 

We have a few Redbud trees and they are blooming now. So pretty!

Photo by Hannah age 15

I found blossoms on the apple trees!

And the raspberries are leafing out!

But even more exciting than that, we had twin goats born yesterday! A boy & a girl!

Photo by Hannah age 15

Here are a few links for you:

Edible Flowers
Gardening with Herbs 101 – What to Grow
$5 Dinner Mom’s Favorite Online Gardening Resources
Your Gardening Friend
Free E-versions of Burpee Home Gardens Gardening Guide
Planning the Layout

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, just 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
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers
Frugal Gardening

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Saturday on the Farm

I can’t believe how big the Chives have gotten already. These are in the herb garden behind the house.

The Echinacea is growing again. I need to find out if I can and should divide this clump. This is in the same herb garden as the chives.

The Lambs Ear in the Bible Garden is growing again. It doesn’t completely die off in the winter here.

This is a close-up of the vine in the picture of the Lambs Ear. I don’t know what it is, it grows wild here. The flowers are purple.

These are Iris’s coming up in the back yard. It’s hard to see, but to the right of them is a wild rose bush.

Where the green ends, and where the dirt hill is in the back, is the creek. You can’t see the creek, as it’s a couple of feet below the grass level.

What’s growing in your yard and gardens?

Here are a few links for you:

How to Plan Your Garden
Simple Handmade Gardening Gift Set
How to Harvest and Store Herbs
10 Nifty Ideas for the Garden
Gardening Lessons

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, just 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
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers

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Saturday on the Farm

There is so much happening on the farm this time of year. It really is a joy to walk around and see all the plants coming up, the trees flowering, and the new kids playing. 
Here are a few pictures I took while out walking. We have no mulch now because of the chickens, who think mulch exists for their digging pleasure. We’re planning on fencing them up pretty soon. :)

Purple Hyacinth in the front bulb garden
The hostas in front of the house

The iris’s in the a/c garden

Clover growing in the iris, you can also see the rizomes 

The Redbuds are blooming!

The Dogwood flowers are just starting to open.

Here are a few links to help with your garden.

Why I’m Planting Chamomile This Spring

How to Identify Elderberries video on Youtube

Row Covers, Hoop Houses

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, just 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
Fertilizer Friday/ Flaunt Your Flowers

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Well, we didn’t get as much gardening planning done this week as I had hoped to.

I did decide that the only seeds I’m going to start in the house are tomatoes. Our growing season here in Kentucky is long enough that everything will be fine planted directly in the garden. In fact, tomatoes have plenty of growing time also. The only reason to start seeds indoors here, is to be able to harvest sooner.  So I will be starting some of the tomatoes indoors, and also planting some directly in the garden. That will extend the tomato harvest, instead of having them all ready at one time.

My grandmother always planted peas and potatoes on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, every year. That had been my goal. And, well, I missed it. I will be getting some in the ground Monday or Tuesday. So I won’t be too far behind schedule.

The full sized Daffodils starting blooming this week. I love the one above. So pretty.

Here’s the whole Front Bulb Garden, as we call it. The mini – Daffodils are in the front, with the full size in the back. The flowers on the back left are full size Daffodils, too. You can see one lone Crocus bloom left in the lower left of the garden. And in between the mini Daffodils, you can see the Tulip leaves. There are also a couple of other kinds of flowers coming up in the front, you can barely see the green leaves.

Other plants in the yard are starting to come up. It’s so exciting to walk around and find old friends coming back for a visit. :)

Have you planned your garden yet? Here are some links to help you get started:

Best Time to Begin Spring Planting – will help you decide when to plant.

This article, How to Plant a Garden That Works for Where You Live, is a great place to start.

This Vegetable Garden Planner will be a great help in planning your garden.

With this Seed Starter Tutorial learn how to make your own seed starter pots from newspaper.

This Frugality and Gardening post from Frugality is Free has lots of great, frugal gardening tips.

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, just 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.

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