Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Garden Notes With Deb: July Buds

Dahlia Anemone Flowering Florinoor
Howdy friends,
Happy July! Don't you think this budding dahlia looks like a firecracker about to explode? 
The whole garden is filled to the brim with the first wave of summer buds about to burst open and fill the air with and explosion of color. Quite fitting for July, don't you think? 

 Everything planted out in mid-May - Early June is thriving despite the cool June weather we had. I think it's been a blessing to the tender greens and I'll take working under a protective cloud cover over high heat and humidity any day.

 All of the seeds I sowed germinated in good time and the mild temperatures were easy on the tender, new sprouts.

Thriving dahlia beds.

 Top of my to-Do list for this month is to get the last of the seeds sown in the new raised beds and finish mulching. One of the benefits of growing cuts in raised beds is I don't have to invest in large rolls of weed barrier fabric. Come springtime I turn it into the remaining soil and I'm ready to start new seeds.

My generous neighbor took pity on me when he saw how big my mulch pile was at the top of our driveway and lent me his vintage 10 tine hand cultivator tool. He inherited it from his brother and I felt lucky to be able to put it to use again. What a breeze it was lifting the mulch into the wheelbarrow with this tool.
Raised beds getting mulch.

Frames for additional raised beds.

 Only 4 more to fill and I can finish planting for the season. I have to pace myself but it's a great flower farmgirl workout!

 All in all things are looking hopeful for a successful season here on the farm and at the Farmers Market. Being a seasonal flower farmer ( growing outside) I am at the mercy of the weather. If all goes well I should be swimming in cut flowers in a few short weeks!

 And, wait until you see what I picked up at The Vintage Bazaar for my display at the Farmers Market! Stay tuned! 
What's happening in your garden patch, field, pot or plot? 

 PS. I'm on instagram now!  Look me up @ Dandelion-House (with a hyphen). Come follow my patch of wonderful and I'll follow you back.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop # 201 and Giveaway Winners!

Welcome back to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop farmgirls!
Debbie and I are so excited to announce our two lucky winners from our 200th Anniversary Giveaway. But first, we want to thank everyone who stops by every Friday. We look forward to it as much as you do! Are ya ready?
Here we go!
Congratulations to winner #1, Alica  ( the mostly crunchy farmgirl ) farmgirl sister # 5232. She just had her first meeting of the Southern Indiana MaryJane Farmgirls chapter last Saturday. Another reason to celebrate! 

Winner # 2 is Tammy Taylor ( a North Texas Farmgirl)  from Taylor Made Ranch blog.
We can always count on Tammy for at least three posts a week and her recipes are always amazing and prepared with the cleanest, freshest ingredients you can get. Straight from her farm. 
We know without a doubt both gals will thoroughly enjoy all the farmgirl inspiration MaryJanesFarm magazine provides.

 Let's get to it! Link up and share what's doin' on your homestead, farmstead, backyard or deck.
We know you've got the goods, so bring it on farmgirls!

 I'm sharing my garden notes this week and Debbie is gearing up for her grandsons first birthday party this weekend.

We wish you all a wonderful week of farmgirl fun and sharing.
See you on the hop! 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Garden Notes With Deb : Farmhands and Flowers

These two cutie pies are my sweet little farmhands. Well, sort of.  Our son and his girlfriend were over last weekend and helped us get started on installing 5 additional 4x12 raised beds for our backyard flower farm. They helped my hubby with measuring the distances between beds and some minor construction.

 Have you ever seen a tape measure like this? Every time we do a project my hubby pulls out some old tool I've never seen before. He must keep them hidden away just to surprise me when the time is right. He paid five bucks for it at a yard sale nearly 20 years ago. How have I never seen this? Anyway, it's 100' long and the handle on the side winds the tape in or out as needed. It worked great for our project and surprisingly the linen tape is still in very good condition. From what I can barely make out of the faded print, this one is a Non Metallic Rule Tape Measure made by the  made by Lufkin Rule Co.     A manufacturing company that came about during the Civil War.

 I love the aged leather-clad casing. I think it would make a great decorator item just sitting on a shelf with some vintage books and drafting props. 

It was pretty light work that day.  Then again, I was just carrying a camera around. The guy's worked out the distances and Tid-bit ( that's my nickname for Zach's girlfriend  )and Max helped with the measuring. 

You can see the zinnias are just abut 4 inches out of the ground now. Soon we'll be neck high in flowers! 

I planted the bed in the front of this photo with the summer annual, cockscomb which I purchased from Bakers Creek Seed Co.They are just starting to sprout.

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The shape and texture  of the large curly flower heads look just like a rooster comb which surely inspired its name. I hope they come up nice and tall. They are supposed to be good sellers at the Farmers Market, and I think they'll be fun fillers too! 

The dahlias are doing very well. I only had a few that didn't come in and I'm not sure why exactly. I need to dig them up and check for rot, mold or insect damage. I'm happy to report there have been no trace of slugs ( yet ) so I haven't had to do any pest control but I check daily because those slimy buggers could show up any minute and make a meal out of those lush green leaves.
 Its always a good idea to mulch dahlias as well. I've adding three inches of mulch to the tops of the dahlia beds. That will keep them nice and hydrated during mid-summer hot spells. 

All of my hydrangeas are loaded with buds right now.  They must have really liked the freezing weather we had this past winter. It's hard to believe this plant was under 6 feet of frozen snow all winter long. It looks so healthy and vibrant. I've also mulched all of my shrubs and perennials so they won't be quite as shocked when the heat and humidity return.

Ah.... what a relief it is to have farmhands and the promise of flowers again.

Now, who's gonna help me fill the new flower beds?  Looks like I might have to call on my loyal farm dog if not for muscle, then at least for moral support. He's always smiling and eager to ( get right in the middle of everything and drop his Frisbee at my feet) help. 

How are things shaping up in your garden? June weather has been a little cool and wet in places and that always makes us gardeners/farmers nervous. Rain brings pests and cool weather stunts newly seeded rows of summer loving annuals. Anticipation can quickly turn to anxiety. After all, we can plan, till and toil with every intention of making our garden dreams come true, but we can't control the weather. I have flower farming friends who are waging wars on aphids, and others who are battling too much water due to flooding. Losing plants whether it be a few precious blooms in pots on your doorstep or a field of flowers or veggies is a loss deeply felt to the tender hearted gardener.

  So... I'll leave you with this hope-filled garden quote by Audrey Hepburn.

" To Plant a Garden is to Believe in Tomorrow" 

I believe. Do you?
Till next Wednesday!

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