June 2011

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June 2011, a set on Flickr.

Some of the latest shots around the farm…peaches and pears are looking beautiful, sour red cherries, sweet yellow cherries, wild roses along the side of the road, elderberries flowering, sweet smelling clover, blueberries nearing ripeness…priceless.

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iowaorchard’s photostream

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New photos from the farm. Lots happening around here! You never know what you may find when you go out for the day.

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Ten @ 10: Things not to say at the farmers market

Ten @ 10: Things not to say at the farmers market.

Ten @ 10: Things not to say at the farmers market

Farmers market at The Terrace on the 16th floor of the Trump Tower in Chicago (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune)

via Chicago Tribune – Food & Wine

1. These carrots have dirt on them.

2. How much for one?

3. If I buy two pounds of beans, do I get a discount?

4. What kind of pesticides do you use?

5. How much bio-diesel did you use to drive here from Iowa, again?

6. Were these beets humanely killed?

7. Isn’t grass-fed beef redundant? or But I don’t like grass-fed beef.

8. How come you never have creamed corn?

9. Do you have change for a $100 bill?

10. It’s cheaper at (name of supermarket).


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The 7 Habits of Successful Gardeners

The 7 Habits of Successful Gardeners

compost bins at stonecrop gardens in cold spring new york
  1. Make Compost
  2. Use Compost
  3. Plant Crops in Wide Beds
  4. Mulch
  5. Feed the Soil, Not the Plants
  6. Share Something
  7. Be There

Read more: http://www.thedailygreen.com/green-homes/blogs/organic-gardening/gardening-tips-460109#ixzz1MWYdlvLs

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an Easter visit to the farm

We went to the farm for Easter weekend. It is still for sale, in case you are wondering. 🙂 So much has changed in a month’s time. Check out my Flikr Photostream to see all my photos.

Tomatoes and cucumbers have been planted in the greenhouse, along with some bell peppers, onions, and cabbage.

Among the finds: apple tree buds,

blueberry bush buds,

leaves on the raspberry vines,

a few open blossoms on the apricot tree.

All of these perennials were re-emerging: lily of the valley,

peony bushes,

poppies,

rhubarb.

And some of the favorites of the kids – violets

and dandelions.

Still no sign of asparagus…maybe next week?

Such a beautiful weekend. Hated to see it end. Until next time…

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gardening links

Spring is such a busy time on the farm. Seeds bought over the winter have been started and are almost ready to be planted in their permanent spots. Clean-up and land prep continues. There is an endless list of things to do on a farm!

I’ve put together a list of some great resources for gardening. Do you have any for me to check out? Leave me your suggestions in a comment. Happy farming!

The 7 Habits of Successful Gardeners (via thedailygreen.com)

University of Minnesota Extension’s Diagnostics page has three great resources:

What’s wrong with my plant?

Is this plant a weed?

What insect is this?

Garden Guides – Your Guide to Everything Garden

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Just added my photos of the farm to flickr from Yahoo! Stay posted for more!

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