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shennandoah
True Blue Farmgirl

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Shennandoah
La Vernia TX
USA
75 Posts

Posted - Nov 05 2023 :  1:42:20 PM  Show Profile
Tara your little homestead sounds lovely and I love the water fountain!. I also love fresh lemonade. My daughter and nieces turned me on to adding blue butterfly pea vine flower to make it change colors. It's also an Ayurvedic herb with lots of benefits- it's not just a natural food dye. I grow my own here in South Texas, but you can find it online if you want to give it a try. If you decide to grow it I say do! The bumblebees love it. Pic of the flower on the vine for reference
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Feb 26 2024 :  3:29:14 PM  Show Profile
HELLO!!! Did you think I had fallen off the Earth? I live near Greenville in SC. My garden zone is now 8A . I'm getting the garden ready for planting. The bed with trellis is for sugar snap peas.

I will share pictures of life going on here on Sweetgrass Pond. Small fabric bag has onion bulbs. Once I have other beds filled I can move them.
I think the garden layout will work. I am waiting on bulk soil delivery to fill raised beds. If I decide to get another metal raised bed it will be once they go on sale. $100 bucks each and several hundred to fill---dang

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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023

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Tumbleweed
True Blue Farmgirl

1019 Posts

Nancy
Texas
USA
1019 Posts

Posted - Feb 26 2024 :  6:16:24 PM  Show Profile
Hi everyone:
This will be my 3rd attempt at having a vegetable garden since we moved to East Texas 4 1/2 years ago. This week I planted onions and garlic in containers and last week I started seeds for Summer Squash, Roma, Cherry and Beefsteak tomatoes. I also planted seeds for Straight 8 Cucumbers and pickling Cucumbers. I also chitted seed potatoes and hopefully will get them planted in the next day.

We have been ill with that crud virus that went around all over my county. Last few days we have felt great and the weather was awesome. Cleaned all the fallen leaves from my patio and front porch. So nice to be outside and busy.


TW

When life gives you more than you can stand.....kneel !
Grateful, Thankful and Blessed!



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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2024 :  10:39:52 AM  Show Profile
There are 2 Camellias shrubs out front. They have been blooming almost a month.
Also while tomatoes are in the dehydrator I have a few seedlings on the top of machine as it's very warm

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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2024 :  10:42:12 AM  Show Profile
Greenville SC now in garden zone 8A.
I saw tomato plants the other day at Lowe's--too early! Almost $6 a plant-wow

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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

6534 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
6534 Posts

Posted - Mar 08 2024 :  4:11:37 PM  Show Profile
Tara, down here in north central Florida, our Camellias are about finished. Our Azaleas everywhere are now bursting out. This time of year is the prettiest time in my yard.

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
FGOTM- October 2018
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

4140 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
4140 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2024 :  03:01:15 AM  Show Profile
Good luck with the seed starting and enjoying the blooms. I did start some seeds the other day, but nothing is up yet. Waiting waiting waiting.

Farming in WI

Michele


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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

3028 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
3028 Posts

Posted - Mar 09 2024 :  06:21:27 AM  Show Profile
Beautiful flower! I have some daffodils and tulips peaking out of the ground but the crocuses are braving the weather and blooming!

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

6771 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
6771 Posts

Posted - Mar 11 2024 :  1:19:20 PM  Show Profile
Your flowers are beautiful! I don't have any flowers here yet. It is still too cold. Hopefully not to much longer.

Krista
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Mar 11 2024 :  1:24:48 PM  Show Profile
I wanted to buy all the poppies at Lowes. I know plants that big won't survive transplanting.
Poppies have a long tap root and root doesn't like to be disturbed. I have a volunteer poppy growing next to 1 of my raised beds-hoping the critters
leave it alone

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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2024 :  4:35:32 PM  Show Profile

I decided to use this old raised bed for onions and garlic. 1rst time growing these veggies.

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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VegiChik
True Blue Farmgirl

104 Posts

Sharon L
Gaylord MI
USA
104 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2024 :  6:13:37 PM  Show Profile
I find growing garlic to feel so rewarding! Plant one clove & get both garlic scapes then the clove itself. After harvesting & letting them dry, it is fun to tie them together & see them hanging, just waiting for my favorite recipes.

When asked “How are you?”, I reply, “Better than good!”
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2024 :  3:59:28 PM  Show Profile
I will hope the garlic will grow for me
A few flowers blooming. The sweet alyssum is growing in 1 of the vertical gardens. This flower made it through the winter
I let the violets grow where ever they want


Has anyone made jelly with the wild violets?

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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

3028 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
3028 Posts

Posted - Mar 22 2024 :  1:33:00 PM  Show Profile
Last year I went to an herb conference (not a very good one LOL) but the ladies were all raving about wild violet jelly - so I tried it for the first time. It really does taste wonderful! You should try it!!!! I plan to make some more this year.

~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Mar 23 2024 :  05:28:51 AM  Show Profile
I'm sure I'll need many blossoms. There is a patch of the flowers growing on vacant land near by, I shall do dig them up

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

3028 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
3028 Posts

Posted - Mar 23 2024 :  4:56:59 PM  Show Profile
If you make a small batch to start - not as many as you think! Here's the recipe I used and it calls for 2 cups of blossoms:
https://practicalselfreliance.com/violet-jelly/


~Heather
Farmgirl Sister #4701
September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month


"The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment" - Yogi teabag
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2024 :  1:42:13 PM  Show Profile
There is a grocery store about 50 minutes away. It's a liquidator type. They sell canned items, produce, meat household goods, pet stuff, fencing and even plants. We went to that store Sat
It's a hit or miss, have to check expiration dates, read labels ect.
The stuffing was a great find, 59 cents a bag. This same item is about $7 bucks in a large chain store. I bought all they had, 3 bags.
The stewed tomatoes were 89 cents each. I did find 1 of the big cans of tomatoes, 89 cents, Mustard 39 cents, jars of dried herbs( $7 in reg store) 1.99 each
The sweet potatoes are 48 cents a pound. I buy the huge size and my husband and I split 1
Grocery prices are outrageous!! I wish prices were as cheap as what I bought Sat. Anyone else find a bargain food store?

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023

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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2024 :  1:07:30 PM  Show Profile


He is beautiful! Yona(Cherokee for bear) visited us last night. I have a trail camera by pond. He ate some bird seed, stopped to check out
my vertical garden then walked into woods. This is a larger bear than what was seen a few days ago. I live in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains of SC.
Yona is just being a bear.

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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

6836 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
6836 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2024 :  1:28:09 PM  Show Profile
Tara, I can't imagine what it would be like to have bears prowling around. The largest wild critter I see is opossums.

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.
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Wanda Sue
True Blue Farmgirl

1134 Posts

Wanda
Murrells Inlet SC
USA
1134 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2024 :  2:16:38 PM  Show Profile
Tara your bear sighting is so exciting but also a little scary. I guess it’s all about respecting each other’s space when they come around.

A day hemmed in prayer is less likely to unravel.

Farm Girl #3677
Farmgirl of the Month: Aug/2022

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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2024 :  3:09:48 PM  Show Profile
Animals I haven't seen are mountain lion, Bobcat and turkey.
I haven't seen deer in months. I guess because we live closer to a busy high yway and my neighbor further up in neighbor has a nicer shrubs to eat
Deer love tomatoes by the way. Best to plant a few extra far away from your garden to keep them happy

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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - Apr 11 2024 :  06:21:10 AM  Show Profile


I love the countryside! I was on my daily walk about neighborhood and found a huge patch of wild strawberries.
On our 1 acre there are wild blackberries. I hope I get the fruit before critters

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - May 06 2024 :  08:09:24 AM  Show Profile


First time making canning blueberry preserves

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Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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windypines
True Blue Farmgirl

4140 Posts

Michele
Bruce Wisconsin
USA
4140 Posts

Posted - May 07 2024 :  03:21:10 AM  Show Profile
Wild strawberries make the best jam. They just take a while to pick and to get 4 cups. I have some in the freezer that I picked last year and kind of forgot about. I need to make jam out of those. Hope the bear stays away.

Farming in WI

Michele


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lovecatsandsunshine
True Blue Farmgirl

245 Posts

Tara
Sands of Time SC
USA
245 Posts

Posted - May 07 2024 :  10:59:05 AM  Show Profile
Michele,
I haven't tried strawberry jam. We were given the blueberries and my husband was wanting the preserves

Today's good mood brought to you by a lot of coffee!!!
Farmgirl in SC
Farmgirl #8548
FGOTM April 2023
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