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lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jun 01 2023 : 11:53:04 AM
Howdy from South Carolina! I'm Tara. My husband and 2 Siamese cats live in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Garden zone 7B.
I named my property Sweetgrass Pond. I love Sweetgrass and want to plant some in this space. I'm going to add a cottage garden to part of small space between side porch and corner of house. I thought I'd bring you along for my journey. This is my project, I'll be doing all the work myself. And this project will take months. I'm waiting on a potting bench to be delivered and that will go under the 2 windows. I have to work around meters, hose reel and cable lines. The 165 gallon pond has been installed in the back yard, 1 of many projects and my husband and I added a small beachy area. I'll take a picture of the pond and share it with ya'll soon. I'd like to plant flowers in colors of peach, coral, pinks and white
I love seashells, sea turtles, dragonflies and frogs. I can't live at the ocean , but I'm happy to be in the mountains again.
And I may share pictures of other projects or what's happening on the property. Suggestions are welcome for garden ideas.

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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jul 17 2024 : 3:07:32 PM
Tara, it's still so pretty even though you have one. I love sunflowers.

Krista
StitchinWitch Posted - Jul 17 2024 : 11:01:02 AM
Tara -- you may only have one but it is beautiful. Your birds will love it.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21, 6/24
I'm old and I do wear purple
YellowRose Posted - Jul 17 2024 : 09:57:04 AM
Tara, I don't grow sunflowers now, not enough sun. Years ago I grew Russian giants and loved to watch as they tracked with the sun from east to west and come morning they were back facing the east.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jul 17 2024 : 09:46:39 AM

Just 1 large sunflower this year. Too many critters dug up seeds. I'll dry this and save to feed birds this winter

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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
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MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jul 08 2024 : 2:58:17 PM
I have a couple cherry tomatoes ready, but none of my slicing tomatoes are ready. I put in 8 plants, so I am really hoping for a bunch this year.

Krista
YellowRose Posted - Jul 08 2024 : 05:28:10 AM
Tara, it has been hot & dry here but things are looking up. Beryl will make landfall in Texas as a hurricane 1. Paris is a little over 350 miles north of the gulf and in the hurricane's track as it moves northeast. Hope you get rain soon and relief from the heat.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
StitchinWitch Posted - Jul 07 2024 : 4:21:08 PM
Beautiful tomatoes. I love the taste of real tomatoes straight from the garden.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21, 6/24
I'm old and I do wear purple
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jul 07 2024 : 3:24:30 PM
A lot of the tomatoes are splitting. I'm going to freeze some enjoy in soup later this year
Sara, too hot and too dry in TX?

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YellowRose Posted - Jul 07 2024 : 2:41:31 PM
Beautiful harvest. My slicing tomatoes are taking a long time to ripen too.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jul 07 2024 : 2:37:36 PM



I wasn't going to harvest and look at the bounty. Slicing tomatoes are taking long time to ripen


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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
nubidane Posted - Jul 01 2024 : 2:54:58 PM
Sara, my Italian friend used to cook angel hair pasta, and top with raw sliced tomatoes, a few cloves of garlic, fresh basil, EVOO, and a few anchovies. I loved it!
I do like anchovies though, probably because that was the only way my dad ordered pizza when I was a kid, so I was forced to develop a taste for them. LOL. It would still be good without them though. I just remember I was surprised how good it was without even cooking the tomatoes.
Your idea sounds delish too; I have quite a bit of basil and garlic, so pesto may be in order.
YellowRose Posted - Jul 01 2024 : 1:09:51 PM
Tara, I like to take a slice of crusty Italian bread, drizzle with EVOO, add sliced tomatoes and top with basil pesto. Bake in 400-degree oven until bread is toasty.

I haven't done it yet but on one of the TV cooking shows I watch the chef made a sauce of sauteed fresh tomatoes and pesto to put over pasta. It looked really good and I hope to make it when my tomatoes make.



Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jul 01 2024 : 12:34:47 PM
Can anyone share a tomato pesto recipe? I've harvested a LOT of basil today.
I told my husband last Dec I needed 20 basil plants in garden. He said that's too much. But now that basil is plentiful he is enjoying it with slices of tomatoes.
I use fresh basil for various recipes, but also dehydrate and freeze whole leaves. What ways are you preserving herbs?


Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
StitchinWitch Posted - Jun 30 2024 : 10:20:14 PM
I miss making pickles. My crocks are still out in the garage. I used to be the family picklemaker; sweet, dill, bread and butter. Dilly beans, pickled beets and corn relish, pickled eggs. Unfortunately the family has shrunk and mostly moved out of state, and some have become toothless. All the pickling I do now is pickled beets and eggs. Over the weekend i did cook up four kinds of beans, black, kidney, garbanzo, and Peruvian, and now have twelve pints of beans in the freezer for the hot days ahead when we want beans but don't want to heat up the kitchen.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21, 6/24
I'm old and I do wear purple
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jun 30 2024 : 4:06:16 PM
I picked more corn, blanched and into freezer. Dang I'm tired
Hope for Autumn harvest.

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
nndairy Posted - Jun 30 2024 : 12:07:07 PM
I just canned beets and a couple jars of pickles. I've picked a couple zucchini. There are some tomatoes starting but nothing ready yet. It's been a weird year here this year.

~Heather
“I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” — George Washington

VegiChik Posted - Jun 29 2024 : 5:58:53 PM
Love the pics! It will be a while before corn or tomatoes show up in Northern Michigan. We grow tomatoes but let the bigger farmers grow the corn & then buy from our Farmers Mkt.

When asked “How are you?”, I reply, “Better than good!”
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 28 2024 : 3:26:25 PM
Tara, your food looks amazing. We are growing corn this year. It had a tiny bit of a rough start but it's doing better now. I can't wait until we can eat our first corn!

Krista
StitchinWitch Posted - Jun 28 2024 : 12:22:45 PM
Yum! Enjoy the fruits of your harvest. Home grown always tastes best.

Judith

7932 FGOTM 6/21, 6/24
I'm old and I do wear purple
YellowRose Posted - Jun 28 2024 : 08:39:24 AM
Tara, your tomatoes and corn are beautiful, enjoy your grilled corn.

Hugs, Sara "FarmGirl Sister" #6034 Aug 2014
FGOTM Sept 2015 - Feb 2019 - Oct 2023

Lord put your arm around my shoulders & your hand over my mouth.
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jun 28 2024 : 08:10:46 AM


Corn and cherry tomatoes picked this morning. Corn will be grilled for dinner
Love growing a garden
What's going on in your garden?

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
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FGOTM April 2023
lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jun 13 2024 : 1:23:04 PM
Heather,
The blueberry shrubs are not old enough. I hear the like tomatoes and corn
The squirrels get in garden, but only dig

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Farmgirl in SC
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FGOTM April 2023
nndairy Posted - Jun 12 2024 : 7:10:03 PM
Does the bear bother your garden? I've heard that huckleberries cost so much because you have to fight the bear for them LOL! There are no huckleberries or bear around me so I wouldn't know but it makes me wonder what other fruits and veggies they would like.

~Heather
“I would rather be on my farm than be emperor of the world.” — George Washington

lovecatsandsunshine Posted - Jun 12 2024 : 5:01:10 PM
Krista,
He was close to the house. I think it's wonderful to have a lot of wildlife.

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
MaryJanesNiece Posted - Jun 12 2024 : 12:55:57 PM
Tara, that bear is a neat but scary surprise. I would love to leave closer to wildlife venturing into my yard, but I would rather see the bear on the camera lol!

Krista

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