7/21/2009


Our sweet corn, the posts
on the fence are appx.
5 feet high, sos the corn is taller,,,,,


From this to this....







6/23/2009

Computer Crafts - Plant Labels: Microsoft Word Does More Than Just Business | Suite101.com

Another link...enjoy this while it rains outside....

Computer Crafts - Plant Labels: Microsoft Word Does More Than Just Business Suite101.com

Terri

How to Make Plant Markers | eHow.com

Have you ever thought of this for markers for your garden/greenhouse or whatever?
I thought it was a great idea!!!!!!!!!!

How to Make Plant Markers eHow.com

Love to you......
Happy Gardening!!!
Terri

Hummingbirds: Feeder, Food, & More!

WOW!!! How about this, 3 links in one day, I am not busy today, it has rained and waiting for it to dry out outside....

Hummingbirds: Feeder, Food, & More!

Love to all who read this blog........
Terri

Not In My Garden You Don't ... Deer (and other safe, frugal forms of pest control)

Here are some cheap and safe animal repellants for your yard and gardens....
Enjoy!!!!

Not In My Garden You Don't ... Deer (and other safe, frugal forms of pest control)

Terri

Enjoy- and be prepared for questions from curious friends and family!

Click on this link to make an inexpensive yard art, 4' tall flower pot...cute!!!
Enjoy- and be prepared for questions from curious friends and family!
Terri

6/17/2009

Butchering....

WHEW!!!!
What a month....With summer at hand, it seems to get busier and busier....
We butchered 60 of those broilers we raised. All were from 3.5 lbs. to 5.5 lbs. YUM!!!
Scalded, picked(defeathering), and gutted and washed, chilled and froze....they are good....
Still have 17 left, am going to part these out(cut up into parts....Dont know if we will raise these again, they are hard to raise.
we have looked into a free range chicken from ?, cant remember where..might do those next year.
Signing off for now...
Terri

5/31/2009

Garden all in.........

My garden is finally all in. Just finished putting the finishing touches on it.....
Tomatoes(96), potatoes(up 8 inches or so), Peppers(86,but struggling), onions(doing well), carrots(just planted), basils, thyme, lavender, lettuces, 2 eggplants(the mice did not eat on the first greenhouse planting), cilantro, dill, cukes(just up),and more I cannot remember right now,.........
we prayed that Our Heavenly Father would see fit to bless this garden, and so far, I guess He has saw fit to do just that....We are so very Thankful.....
Have you ever thought of that someone who lives away up there, who governs the whole universe? Who, holds all of space and time in the palm of His mighty hand?.......Think about it.....

5/14/2009

Free Book "The Gardners Secret Handbook"....

Click on this link and get a free e-book....
http://freeplants.com
Mike McGroarty....
This guy is great, has loads of free gardening things....

Terri

5/09/2009

Super thrive plant food...




Hello all....
Just thought I would share what I learned from this years Greenhouse growing.....
I tried a new vitamin and mineral supplement for all of my plants...
It is called "Super Thrive" and "Algoflash"...BOTH ARE WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
My plants went bonkers and not only that but, my propagations all started, hardly lost any...geraniums, grapes, dapple willows, bacopa, diasca, pussy willows,,,the list goes on....all survived...I know, I know, it is not totally organic, really it is only vitamins,,,but,,,it is GREAT!!!
Now to sell all of the plants I started...Normally nothing survives my propagations, but, all have...
I AM SOLD ON SUPERTHRIVE and ALGOFLASH!!!!
Love Terri........

4/20/2009

Do it yourself compost bin.........

This link is for a do-it-yourself compost bin...Enjoy!!!http://www.vegetablegardener.com/item/4294/make-your-own-tumbler-compost-bin

3/24/2009

FREE Garden Stuff.....

Here is some FREE Garden things...
Hope I have the links right...
How to grow potatoes in a trash can....
http://www.curbly.com/DIY-Maven/posts/6266-how-to-grow-potatoes-in-a-trash-can
Free Trees and plants......
http://www.freetreesandplants.com/index.html
Free Garden Journal....
http://frugalfamilyfunblog.com/2009/03/starting-garden-journal.html
Free seeds for sending in a Photo of your Garden....
http://www.buzzyseedsblog.com
Free Tree seeds....
http://www.treedazzled.com/treedazzled/FreeSeeds
Free Pack of Tomatoe seeds....
http://www.helpgrowyursoup.com
Free Preserving Journal....
http://site.wayzata-homestead-harvest.com/preserve
Free Garden Journal....
www.gardensandcrafts.com/gardenjournals.html
Free Journal also...
www.northerngardening.com

I hope this helps with some of your gardening needs...and their FREE!!!!!!
Terri

Replanting....

ARGH!!!! those mice, they still are eating my sprouts....bought some of those electronic devices that send out a sound wave, they have worked in my root cellar before, hope they work now. Also, covered all of my pots with wire screening, that should do it, if nothing else will....
Any tips?
Thanks...
Terri

3/07/2009

I'm back!











Wow!!! What a week, I was out of town and then came back to a virus infected computer, it ws down for wnother week.



Here are some Greenhouse innards pics for you to see...the heat ducting...




My greenhouse is 1/2 planted, it felt sooo good to get my handsin the dirt.




This year I used "Sunshine" germinating mix, hopefully, this will work for me, and no more mixing myself.




My furnace is in and it works great. My DH made ducting out of plywood and it is wonderful(see above pics). All automatic. Planted tomatoes, Peppers, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi and red and peach poppies...




the petunias, geraniums, and rest come next week.
tis good to get the nails dirty and feel the earth under them, they are washable, the sun has been wonderful...our snow is GONE!!!!
Outside I go....where does the garbage come from, under the snow, I think it grows....
Love to you all....
Terri




Cleaned up the tomatoe and pepper spot in the garden, tore up all of the old black mulch and drip(which was plugged), and am laying all new for this year, plus, extending it 12 more feet. My DD helped me plant and is welcoming the next planting, she says she LOVES to plant....great, I can then enjoy the GrandSweeties too....they painted(with markers, flourescent, highlighters) all of the boards in the Greenhouse, so(the 4 year old says), it wont be sooo plain.....they played in the soil and moved it all over...in the pots, what big helps, they filled more pots than I did I think!
the Marigold Seed giveaway is over, but, if you need to and are from MJs farm, please privately email me, from my email on MJs farm.
Happy Gardening!!!








2/25/2009

Days of beginning the Greenhouse and thoughts....

OH My!~!~!~!~!~!~~!

The days just fly past, and where have they gone?

Finally received all of my seeds, from my seed suppliers. Went to the "peat" place yesterday..nice stuff. There is a place in the mountains, that use to be a lake and now has dried up, it has wonderful peat.....I am going to use that for the basis of my seed starting mix. Plus, pearlite....

My Dh has installed the "furnace" and it is working VERY well.... Will start next week, hope it's not too late, but, cannot be helped this year. Everyone says, that even if ones plants are small, here when set out in April or early May, once the heat hits(in the 100's), they will catch up to the rest. We also, sectioned off 2/3 of the greenhouse, so there are nice doors to walk through and walls, instead of plastic....looks better. Now to get to all of the junk beyond the doors..argh....

Becasue I am selling to the public this year and people have requested certain types of veggies... I think I must have 60 or so kinds of heirloom and non heirloom tomatoes, also the same amount for peppers. I am going to make my Tom/Pepper patch twice as big. We have always had the water in drip under the plastic mulch, but, am going to experiment this year with different things. They seem to do soooo well, for me,so, I am cutting down on everything else. I get $2.25 per pound at the market for them. (of course, with the economy the way it is, we will see.) But, at least with veggies, one can always eat them.....!

I am going to plant Marigolds in the rows and all around the Garden again this year, did that last year, and what a difference in the bugs, not many...I spray organic and fertilize with the same.

If your using the same pots this year to plant in, be sure to wash or at least soak them, in a solution of bleach and water(2 T to 1 gal. water)...this kills anything that may be lurking to destroy your seeds or seelings.

If anyone, has a better solution than this...feel free to email me at my email....

fiveacrefarmgirl@yahoo.com

Happy Gardening....

Terri

2/16/2009

Friendship Seeds!!!!


Summer, its on its way, on the bottom(last year)..... the picture on the top, is in fall(as well as the bottom of this post)..but, just wanted you to see the "hedge" of Marigolds even in fall.....

This has been fun, I have received several SASE's for the seeds, am sending them out....



I hope all enjoy them, you will have enough for the rest of your gardening days, as you save from year to year.



Marigolds are not fussy about the soil they are in, they likie water though...from my experience, they really dont need much fertilizer, if any, and my tall ones get up to 38 inches tall, with some blossoms as big as 4 inches across.......



they make wonderful "living" fences...I use them for a border around my garden to keep "pets and Grandsweeties", from thinking the garden is to play in.



They are al WONDERFUL bu repellent, planted IN my potatoe patch, they repel all kinds of nasty bugs that love my potatoes. The Colorado Potatoe Beetle seems to be th sorst here, and last year werenot too bad, dont really know if it is because of the Marigolds planted n and amongst the plants or just because it was a small year for them, but, at any rate, there were few. So, I will plant the Marigolds in the potatoes and everywhere else again this year.



I pick the largest and prettiest heads inthe summer after they are just about bone dry(I leave them whole and break apart AFTER they are dry)....put them in small paper lunch sacks and put them in my greenhouse(its hot in there and htey dry wel...), if not, put them up on top of your refrigerator, in PAPER, never plastic, they will rot, or laying on something paper....this absorbs the moisture and allows the air to dry it.



Label them as to color(at the time you pick them, if your anything like me, by the time I remember to label, I have forgotten(grin)and height....that is why I use small paper lunch sacks....



I store mine in 5 gallon buckets, with lids, the mice in the winter love to eat them, when stored in my Greenhouse.



Next spring, as soon as you have the last frost, I use a hoe to run a small furrow along the sides and front and back of my garden, and sprinkle a few seeds in(before this, break apart the heads), cover, water and wait for about 10 to 12 days, you will see small, almost "Palm Tree" looking sticks with jagged looking leaves on them, sit back and enjoy them................



they really are easy and fun, PLEASE share with all of those around, make them your "Friendship" seeds......

2/07/2009

Greenhouse soil?

Does anyone have any ideas of what to put in my Greenhouse soil,
I start it next week...Help!


My seeds come from; Baker Creek Seed, FEDCO, Totally Tomatoes, and others, but, cannot remember them right now...


Leave a comment about seed starting soil suggestions..thanks...


Terri

2/04/2009

My farm.

Well, my first post should be really exciting, it's the middle of winter and there really is nothing going on...the neighbors gave us their chickens and their Rooster is named "Magoo"..it fits, he's kind of like Mr Maglooo.....
the rest are for our stew pot....
Am going to get some pics on here for my title and the rest...let me know what ideas you have for me..........