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Have you been seeing all the personal, round outdoor mats on social media and in magazines lately?  Maybe I’m hanging on Instagram too much…. any-who….Hobby Lobby posted a “Round Outdoor Mat” craft and I glammed onto it!

I’m a huge daydreamer, how about you?  I’ve been dreaming of enjoying this summer, it’s bounty and soaking up all of it’s wonders for months now.  I mostly dream about having (or taking) time for myself.  Self-love, self-care is all the rage at this time, and yes, I believe it is important.

This craft popped up on my Instagram feed and shazam, I found myself in Hobby Lobby buying the materials for it.  Imagine that!

It’s so easy (right up my alley) and gosh, it turned out fabulous. Follow the links to Hobby Lobby’s DIY projects page under their sewing section, although there is no sewing involved!

The directions are easy to follow!  You need 1.5 Yards of Indoor/Outdoor fabric (54″ wide – 54″ long), 5 yards of fringe (I bought a super heavy fringe – it was more expensive than I intended; however, I was in a super hurry and grabbed the first bullion fringe I saw), fabric glue (which holds amazingly well even with this heavy fringe) and quilting clips to hold the fringe onto the fabric as the glue dries.  I believe clothes pins would work well too.

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Follow the folding directions Hobby Lobby gives.  You end up with a triangle.

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Then take a yardstick and measure and mark 26″ from the point of the fold.  Keep the yardstick in place at the point of the fold and continue marking 26″ across the fabric.

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Cut along the lines you made, and voila, you have a fabric circle!

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Don’t fret about your circle not being perfect – as promised by Hobby Lobby, the fringe covers up imperfections!  I should know….

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The glue dries clear too!  It would be cool to line this mat and sew the bullion or pom pom fringe onto it.  I chose to go with the flow and make this adorable round outdoor mat in a very short period of time with fabric glue and no backing.

I hope you enjoy this easy Hobby Lobby craft!  Bye Bye! I have to go now and enjoy every moment this summer has to offer and get some self care in too.  Summer never lasts long enough……

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Karen

Ah, yes…Spring

Yep, Spring has finally hit the South Central Pennsylvania!  YEA!  It could go to winter again next week, who knows, but for now, it’s spring!

I’m experimenting with starting a few (maybe several) seedlings inside this year.  I don’t have a greenhouse, so I set up a growing room in my spare bedroom.  This is what I have going on as of mid April!  Zinnias planted in 72 cell trays.  I started the seeds March 19th.

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I’m also experimenting with soil blocking.  This is a European method of seeding that uses very little space.  Lisa Mason Zeigler of The Gardner’s Workshop has the low down on all things soil blocking.  She literally starts thousand of plants inside a 10×10 room with shop lights every year.  Its a very different process and I’m trying to figure things out, but so far, my snaps are doing great.  We learn from our mistakes, right……

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The seeds are planted into each 3/4″ block of soil.  They should be ready to plant out much earlier than if I would have started them in the plastic seed starting trays.  Much better for the environment, too.  I started soil blocking March 30th.

This is the equipment needed for soil blocking…

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I purchased the soil blocking mix, (the mix needs to be a special blend because you want the soil to stick together more than regular seed starting soil) seeds and tray from The Garnener’s Workshop.  The soil blocker I purchased from Johnny’s Seeds.  As you can see, I can get 40 seedlings on one 5×10 tray.

Lisa Mason Zeigler has great tutorials on her website and has written some very informative books on growing flowers. They are all listed on her website.

For the regular 72 cell seed starting kit, I filled the cells with wet (not dripping) seed starting soil, then seeded the tray.  I purchased my seed starting kits at Dollar General.

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I put the seed tray on a heat mat, purchased on Amazon, put the dome on that came with the 72 cell seed starter kit,  and within two days, yes, two days, 50% of the seeds germinated.  I then took the seeds off the heat mat and put it under regular shop lights.  The shop lights should be about 3″ above the seedlings.  Not all seeds will germinate that quickly. 

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Why a heat mat?  The room temperature in the spare bedroom that I’m growing my plants in (I don’t have a greenhouse) is about 68 degrees.  The soil temp in the seed tray is about 15 degrees cooler, so the heat mat brings the soil temperature up to about 70 degrees which is perfect.  Not all seeds want heat, so you need to read the back of the seed packets and research, research, research.

Why shop lights?  The seedlings need about 16 hours of light a day that way they won’t become too leggy.

I’ll fill you later with what made it and what didn’t…..

Talk to you soon!

Karen

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#Tomato

Do you follow #tomato on Instagram?  There are 5.8 Million posts of this most delicious fruit.  Yes, we can buy tomatoes all year long here in South Central PA, but how many of us can’t wait for those precious few months when we can grow or buy them local!  Count me in!  It’s finally spring and time to start thinking about planting our gardens!  YEASSS!

We recently had the great opportunity to visit good friends in Florida.  Knowing how much we love farming, they took us to a Florida farm where we could buy fresh picked flowers, strawberries, tomatoes, sweet corn and more.  Lordy, it was pure paradise for Rick and I.  We both grew up on farms.  As children, when our families took car rides (yes, it was an experience, not an every day event typically ending with ice cream 🙂  our dads were always observing other farmer’s fields.  I still crane my neck to see how all the crops are growing and wishing the farmer who planted them all the best as I pass by LOL!  Farming is not for the faint of heart….

Anyhow, I posted a photo on Facebook of a lovely pile of Heirloom tomatoes that were for sale at the farm we visited in Florida.  I had a lot of questions about what kind of tomatoes they were, so I thought there may be more questions that I could answer.  I am by no means an expert on tomatoes or growing them, but I do know what I like and a few things about the different types of tomatoes.  I’m still learning.  There is a lot to learn…

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Here is my little unofficial tutorial.   There are three different varieties of tomatoes:

Open Pollinated (non-hybrids):  This variety will produce the same tomato plant year after year if you save the seeds.

Heirloom:  They have a history.  Either a family history or commercial history.  The variety must be at least 50 years old (or introduced before 1940) and typically have a great taste!  All heirlooms are open-pollinated but not all open pollinated are heirlooms.  Confusing, right…?  If you save the seeds of an heirloom tomato, you will grow the same plant year after year.

Hybrid:  This is the variety that we have gotten used to.  It has been cross bred to exhibit the best characteristics of varieties.  They have been bred to withstand shipping and have a longer shelf life.  They are usually a very pretty tomato too.  We all like that, right?  The hybrid seeds can be saved, but you will not get the same tomato plant.

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Tomatoes can be determinate and indeterminate……WHAT???  No quiz later, I promise!

Determinate Tomatoes are short bushy types (can still get up to 2-3′ typically) and the fruit matures within the same time frame.  There are early, mid and late season varieties.

Indeterminate Tomatoes provide fruit all season long till frost, however will grow quite large and need a lot of support (can get up to 6’ish).  I believe most heirloom varieties are indeterminate so you would need a lot of room in your garden for them.

When you are shopping for your tomato plants or seeds, all the info about whether it is a determinate, indeterminate, hybrid, heirloom, open pollinated, etc will be on the tag or on the seed packet.

Here at Family Tree Farm, we have sold heirloom varieties (which, in my opinion, are the most delicious and have that wonderful tomato taste that we long for all winter) at our roadside stand.  They are not big sellers.  It’s so hard for the heirloom to compete visually against a hybrid.  We all want those beautiful red, round, large slicer tomatoes for our BLT’s.  The heirlooms come in all different colors and sizes and can develop some really weird shapes!

Last year I snuck in a couple Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes along with the hybrids we planted.  Their taste was divine.  The plants got crazy big and I didn’t do a very good job of keeping them off the ground, but still harvested lots of them for my own delight!  I did share some with Rick.  He had to agree, they were delish!

I’m going to sneak more heirlooms in this year…..shhhh, don’t tell Rick.  I just have to do a better job of keeping them off the ground……

If you want to know more about heirloom tomatoes, I would recommend www.tomatofest.com.  They have an awesome site with lots of heirloom info and seed varieties.

Happy Spring Folks!

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Love Is In The Air…..

Yes friends, it’s that time of year….Valentines Day is just around the corner!  How do you feel about Valentines Day?  Do you celebrate with your snuggle bunny, or if you have children, snuggle bunnies 🙂  I recently saw a report that the $ amount spent is going down for retailers at Valentines Day.  I’m not sure why.  Maybe there are more people like the hubs and I!

We don’t fuss here on the farm.  A nice card, and my hubs loves flowers too…isn’t that sweet?  We try to make a little more effort for dinner than usual.  We don’t need to go out,  (although, if dinner reservations are made – I’m dressed and ready to go LOL!) it’s just nice to celebrate at home.  True Story….one year (about 25 years ago – SHOCK?!) my hubs bought a vacuum cleaner for me on Valentines Day.  As you can imagine, it didn’t go over so well….not that I want or need extravagant things, but a vacuum?…….Humph!   On the flip side, it was one of the best vacuum cleaners I ever had.  I kept it.  The vacuum was a beast and did an amazing job for many many years. Please know, if you ever bring his Valentine gaffe up to my hubs in front of me, I will deny what I just said….wink. wink.

Last year, someone sent me a lovely photo of a small bouquet of flowers wrapped in what looks like black construction paper.  Isn’t it adorable?  Wouldn’t you love to receive or give something like this?  I don’t know if she took this photo, or where she found it, so I can’t give credit where credit is due.

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Anyhow, I was reading one of my favorite blogs this week and there it was.  A similar sweet little Valentine bouquet of flowers in a paper cone.  The blog is StoneGable.  Check her out!  She has great farmhouse decorating tips and delicious recipes.  StoneGable’s blog post has printable paper too – very cute.  I just wanted to make my flower cones in black like the photo above.  Check out my video tutorial as I make one.

What is great about this little bouquet in a cone is, you can take a large bouquet of flowers that your purchase from your local florist and divide it.  That way all your snuggle bunnies get a little gift of love from you and you don’t have to break the $.  Sweeeet, right?  Super easy to do!  Try it!

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Karen

What’s Your Vision?

Well, Happy New Year Friends!  The Christmas tree has been taken down – I’m still un-decorating the house.  It always seems like I think I finished putting Christmas away, then I find something right out in the open that was missed a day or two later.  How about you?

We had a wonderful Christmas season with our family – love them soooo very much.  Now, it’s time to move on to a fresh start with the new year.  It’s time to reflect.  What worked, what didn’t.  We have some time to go through photos taken during our busy seasons, and start to plan for 2019.  It’s exciting and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­daunting at the same time to start the year over again.

I’m not a written goal setter.  Are you?  It’s not that I don’t believe goals are not important, because they are.  Setting goals, writing them down, works for many, but has never really worked for me.  I’m very visual, you see.  There needs to be something creative to make me sit for a period of time to focus and be intentional.

Vision board, you say?  Yes!  If you want to try a new way to goal set, try putting together a vision board for yourself.  Below, is my vision board from 2018.  It was full of flowers which, coincidentally or not, was on my mind (and what was in my large magazine stash) wink, wink.  I wanted to grow more beautiful flowers than ever for my customers to pick here on our farm.  It would be my fifth season of PYO Flowers and I really wanted to step up my game.

img_1075.jpg Grab a piece or two of plain poster board.  Gather as many magazines as you can get your hands on – the more the merrier!  Don’t go out and buy new magazines, just use what you have stashed around (I’m a stasher, so this was no problem – insert eye rolling emoji), or ask friends and relatives for their magazine stashes.  Glue stick, scissors and a place where you can make a mess and leave it until you are finished is everything else that you need.

Go through the magazines, one page at a time.  When you see words or images that move you, tear that whole page out.  Lay it aside.  Keep flipping, tearing – don’t overthink!  Just go with what moves you.

After you have gone through all the magazines, organize your pages into images and words.  Then start cutting the images that move you out of the magazine pages and place them in one pile then cut the words out of the other and keep in another pile.  You may not use them all, again, don’t overthink this.

Grab your glue stick and start with the larger pieces and place them on the poster board.  You will pick up some images and/or words and think “what was I thinking”. Set it aside, or throw it away!  I glued all my picture on my board first, then glued the words on.  It was very therapeutic as I could see my vision come to life in front of me in a colorful collage.

When you are finished, keep your vision board in a prominent place in your home where you can see it every day.  I stood in front of mine every morning for a few months while I was sipping on my coffee just for a few minutes.  By the time summer came along, we were too busy and my vision board was ignored.

I grew, what I think, was an amazing flower garden despite having one of the most challenging summers weather wise ever here in South Central PA.  I met new friends and felt so much joy in their happiness cutting flowers.

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Flowers have a way of not only saying, I love you, or this bouquet is just because I was thinking of you, or I picked this beautiful bouquet of flowers just for myself, because I am worth it!  Flowers heal the soul.  They rise from the dirt and take our breath away with their beauty!

I’ve had some time to go through some professional photo’s we had taken in our You Pick Flower Garden by Loving Memories Photography & Design.  It was a hot steamy summer’s evening, after a few days of rain, of course.  I found this photo.  Insert holy cow emoji – is there one?  There should be!

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I had a strange urge while we were in the garden having photos taken to use a colorful chair.  Trust me, I had not looked at my vision board for months.  I can remember cutting out the colorful sofa that’s on my vision board above.  The sofa was definitely not in a home but in an outdoor setting, and I just had to place it on my vision board.  Who knew, months later, that photo would inspire me and I would use that vision in our flower garden for photos.  I’m just realizing this as I am writing this blog post and looking at the photos.  Wow, the power of the brain and what visualization can do!  Life becomes what you think about the most…..

Try a vision board, it’s not difficult, don’t make it be difficult.  Have fun with it.  Look at it every day and see what happens! I’m a believer and am running to the store for poster board this weekend.  I can’t wait to see what my vision will be for 2019.

I’ll share more photos of our lovely garden photo shoot that Loving Memories Photography and Design  took on that hot summer’s evening in 2018 as the 2019 season progresses.  I can’t say enough about Krista, her professionalism and ability to take such amazing photos in the heat while thwarting off mosquitoes that seemed to be attracted to only her!  I can’t wait to work with Loving Memories again on more photo shoots here at Family Tree Farm.

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Happy New Year friends!  Show me your vision boards!!

See you soon,

Karen

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How does the color, ultra violet (purple) make you feel?  Every year, mid-December, I get a phone call from my daughter, Sarah. “Hey mom, did you hear what the Pantone Color-Of-The-Year is”?  Typically, she has to tell me.  Sarah is artistic and is fascinated with color.  I love to hear her talk about it.  We discuss the colors and how much we love them or hate them or how we may see or use them in the future.

I didn’t really think about this until I started to write this blog post, but Sarah’s choice of floral colors for her 2016 wedding were inspired by the 2016 Colors-Of-The-Year!  In 2016 the colors were Rose Quarts (pink) and Serenity (blue). I see purple and green in her bouquet too.  A beautiful summer palette!

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Marcy, of Foster’s Flowers on Beaver St. in York, created the most gorgeous flower arrangements for Sarah and Garrett’s wedding. Wouldn’t you agree?

Do you eat purple food?  I, personally, love to eat anything purple. It’s one of my favorite colors!  According to some, the darker the skin of a fruit or veggie, the higher the nutrient value.  Check out this article from the Telegraph:   https://www.telegraph.co.uk/food-and-drink/news/start-eating-purple-good-health-science-behind-2017s-new-food/

Last year, 2017, the Pantone Color-Of-The-Year was Greenery (green).  Think about it.  Have you been seeing a lot more green in packaging, paints, furniture, wallpaper, clothing, floral design,  etc.  Green plants are making a big come-back in our homes.  I love it!!!  Pantone sees color trends, selects the color of the year and the trend setters go from there.

Just because purple was chosen for 2018 doesn’t mean green is so yesterday…not at all.  The trends continue on for several years.   Think about green and purple together.  YEESSS!

The following is from Pantone’s website and announcement of the Color Of-The-Year for 2018:

Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.

A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.

Complex and contemplative, Ultra Violet suggests the mysteries of the cosmos, the intrigue of what lies ahead, and the discoveries beyond where we are now. The vast and limitless night sky is symbolic of what is possible and continues to inspire the desire to pursue a world beyond our own.

Enigmatic purples have also long been symbolic of counterculture, unconventionality, and artistic brilliance. Musical icons Prince, David Bowie, and Jimi Hendrix brought shades of Ultra Violet to the forefront of western pop culture as personal expressions of individuality. Nuanced and full of emotion, the depth of PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet symbolizes experimentation and non-conformity, spurring individuals to imagine their unique mark on the world, and push boundaries through creative outlets.

Historically, there has been a mystical or spiritual quality attached to Ultra Violet. The color is often associated with mindfulness practices, which offer a higher ground to those seeking refuge from today’s over-stimulated world. The use of purple-toned lighting in meditation spaces and other gathering places energizes the communities that gather there and inspire connection.

What is purple?  It’s blue and red mixed together.  Complete opposites on the color wheel.  The last paragraph of Pantone’s announcement really hit home with me.  What do you think?

Want to guess what the Color-Of-The-Year will be for 2019?

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Let It Bee….

Did you know honey bees are not native to North America?  I had no idea!    I first learned of this in a book by Lisa Mason Ziegler, “Vegetables Love Flowers.  Great read! I highly recommend it if you love to garden.

Lisa does a great job educating us about companion planting, what the beneficials are in the garden (even spiders and snakes….oh my), succession planting and the photography in her book is just beautiful. She even has an on line book discussion.  Loved it!

There are apparently 4000 different types of native bees to North America, and they are in danger too – it seem the honey bees get all the press.  We need bees to pollinate our fruits and vegetables.  Believe it or not, native bees can be better pollinators than honey bees. I am in no way dissing honey bees – I love their local honey!!!!

Honey bees came to North American from Europe with the colonists and have been managed as an agricultural resource ever since.  When a farmer needs bees, honey bees are the easiest to bring in and go away when finished.

Honey bees cannot pollinate tomato plants – wow – who knew!!  The humble bumble bee can! Some plants have their pollen on the outside (like a lilly’s anther, you can see the pollen).  The tomato plant’s pollen is inside the flower – the bumble gets in there and shakes the pollen out!

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I’m an avid podcast listener, are you?  One of my favorite podcasts is “Living Homegrown” by Theresa Loe.  I recently listened to podcast # 141 (www.livinghomegrown.com/141 ) where Theresa interviews Lisa Mason Ziegler and podcast # 147 (www.livinghomegrown.com/147 ) where author Paige Embry is interviewed by Theresa regarding our native bees.

Both podcasts are full of educational facts about our native bee problems.  Paige Embry has written “Our Native Bees: North America’s Endangered Pollinators and the Fight to Save Them”. This book looks fabulous and is on my Amazon wish list!

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Karen Doyle

 

 

Wabi-Sabi

Have you heard about Wabi-Sabi?  What is it you ask?  A new dance move, or is it a song?  Nope, Wabi-Sabi is an ancient Japanese practice that appreciates imperfections in life and the ability to age gracefully.  I am fully on board with this – how about you?

So, how does Wabi-Sabi relate to gardening?  As per “Garden Media Group”, Wabi-Sabi gardens imitate nature in a way that allows you to relax and appreciate their humble and imperfect forms – yes, even the weeds.  I am so into this!  I’m not sure about the weeds, but then again, I use Goldenrod and Queen Ann’s Lace in my flower bouquets.

Then there are dandelions!  I have a recipe for dandelion wine that my dear Uncle John passed on to me years ago.  I’m gonna have to dig that out!

As a flower farmer, I am always experimenting with new flowers.  I plant a lot by seed.  Check out my lovely stand of pigweed I grew last year!

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My only guess is, I thinned out the real flower and left the weeds.  They grew so nicely in a row!  The hubs kept telling me it was a weed.  I, of course, didn’t believe him – BAHHAAAA!  I’m sure it will happen again, but this time I will embrace the practice of Wabi-Sabi!  Maybe I can use the weeds in bouquets!

I love to pick flowers.   Many times, the flowers that I pick are not always perfect.  I love them anyhow.  I will pick them and use them even if they do lean a little this way or a little that way.  I love using the center disk of a flower in an arrangement after all the petals fall off.  There is something in their imperfection that I love and is unique.

 

 

I have watched others while they are cutting flowers and they do the same.  Just because the flower is a little wonky, doesn’t mean it won’t fit in.  That imperfect flower always fills a spot where something is missing.  Wabi-Sabi was meant for me, how about you??

I love this quote:

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“The garden is a natural place to embrace Wabi-Sabi – the art of imperfect beauty, and practice the delicate balance between nature and nurture.”

     Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez, PhD.

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It’s Hard To Work The Plan….

My beloved Father-In-Law, Dick Doyle, once told me, “it’s fun to plan the work, but hard to work the plan”. I keep thinking about his words as I’m on my hands and knees this spring planting, planting, planting.  Why did I buy so many plants – YIKES, how many seeds do I have to plant?

Are any of you in the same boat?  This spring has been so unpredictable – one weekend I was wearing my winter coat with three layers under it while watching my granddaughter play lacrosse, the next week I was planting in 80+ degree weather.

The seed catalogs started rolling in just after Christmas.  My spring job here on the farm is to plan and plant our PYO Flower Garden.  I had so much fun picking out all the wonderful flowers I want to plant.  Someone, please make me STOP buying seeds!  Well, no one did. The hubs did roll his eyes at me as soon as the seed packets started arriving in the mail,  but it was too late!!

Don’t get me wrong – I love spring.  I love to plant something and watch it grow, but OH my aching back.   Ah, yes, it’s a labor of love.  I can’t wait to see all the flowers blooming and have folks taking a time out just for themselves, enjoying the garden and cutting beautiful blooms to take home.

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I’m sure many of you will be asking yourselves the same question over the next couple weeks – why did I buy so many plants?  How many zucchini do we really need?  Just remember:

It’s fun to plan the work, but hard to work the plan.

Can you dig it?  Bahhhaaa!

Every year, I get a lot of questions about how we constructed our vertical pallet flower fence at our roadside stand.  It’s so simple – maybe you have an area around your home for something like this.  I made a short video on how we did it…

 

Don’t forget to plant some flowers in your vegetable garden this year.  The flowers will attract beneficial insects and make your garden chores happier!  Check out my list of 5 Easy Annual Cut Flowers HERE.

See you soon!

Karen

 

 

Flower Power

We’re all itchin’ to get outside after this very long winter and spring!  Here on the farm we are planting Christmas trees and getting the gardens ready for veggies and flowers.  Have you started to think about what veggies you want to plant in your garden?  I know you have! 😉 Along with your favorite plants, why not add some flowers?

My grandmother’s garden always had marigolds in it.  I realize now that she planted them as a natural way of deterring aphids, bean beetles, squash bugs, etc. !  There are varieties of marigolds that are 8″-9″; however, there are some varieties that grow 40″!

Think about it: while you are harvesting your tomatoes you could be tip toeing through the tulips too.  Well, maybe not tulips, but how about some annual flowers that you can cut and bring into your home or give away to friends and relatives or someone you know who could use a little lift in their day.

There is no denying it.  The power of flowers is contagious!!

Here are a few reasons why planting flowers in your veggie garden is so very worthwhile:

  • Most annual flowers are EASY to grow right along with your vegetables.
  • The flowers will attract beneficial insects to your garden which will help with the pollination of your veggies! Yes, most insects are good!  Snakes too! YIKES!
  • Gosh, having flowers in your garden could make the hard work of gardening fun!
  • When you harvest your veggies (should be twice a week), harvest your flowers too! Keep them, or make someone’s day!

The key to a great garden is to pick, and pick often.  The annual that you plant will produce for one season.  It’s whole mission in life is to produce a seed.  If you keep picking, you are kind of tricking it into producing more and more!  If you are a seed saver, collect the seeds from the flowers that you plant at the end of the season.

We start a ton of our flowers and vegetables by seed each year along with plants.  When the plants are at the end of their useful life, you will have another crop of veggies or flowers coming along.  Succession planting is key to a long and healthy garden.

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