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Do you have a bucket list? 🤓 I have a plant bucket list, and I was able to cross one off today.
Zero is checking out my new String of Pearls that I scored at the farmer’s market. I keep my peepers open everywhere we go in search of unique and long sought after plants, and today it paid off. #farmersmarketforthewin #stringofpearls
Need a laugh? ...you’re welcome. 🤣
My husband asked if I wanted to go to Home Depot with him, and on our way out of the shopping complex we passed this bicycle/airplane in front of the grocery store. If you’re ever in Lancaster, Pa keep your eyes open for this gem. 🚲🛩 #atwhatspeeddoesitgoairborne
#lancasterpa #lancaster #onlyinpennsylvania
My first ripe bishop’s crown...I waited waaaay too long for this one. The seed was germinated in February, eight long months ago. The normal harvest rate is about 90 days, but this one was kept in a small pot much longer than it should have. Then, once I transplanted it in the greenhouse the vegetative growth just took off and never seemed to end. This pepper plant stands over four and a half feet tall!
It started flowering in the beginning of August and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day since. It may only be one little pepper that I’m not even going to eat, but it made my day. #itonlytookeightmonths 🙄
#kiwano or #jellymelon is hands down the coolest thing I grew this year. I have four vines in the greenhouse which yielded about fifteen fruits. The spikes on the outside are insanely sharp, and the inside reminds me slightly of a pomegranate, with each seed encased in a jelly-like flesh. The seeds are edible and the gel tastes kinda like a cucumber but more like a banana. I know that sounds like a weird combination, but it totally works! Apparently the rind is also edible, so I tried it...not good. 🥴 I’ll be sticking to the green “slime,” as my four year old called it. 🍈 I will definitely be seed saving, so if anyone is interested in growing melons that could double as weapons, let me know. 🍈
Here he is, my newest and biggest baby. When he came to live with us, his name was Rio...but I tweaked it a little bit to Zero. Zero is 90lbs of love, affection, attentiveness and a little bit of fear. Because he came from a single person home, he is spoiled and I don’t believe he was socialized properly as a pup. Because of this, he displays fear aggression towards some dogs, but not all. We have done A LOT of training this week and will continue to do so, as well as socialize until he becomes comfortable around all animals. He already loves his new human family, he sleeps next to our son and follows me everywhere. Even into our tiny bathroom every time I need to pee or take a shower. I guess he’s afraid I’m going to slip out of the impossibly small window that’s in there. 🤷🏻♀️ He was the missing piece to our puzzle and I’m over the moon with excitement that he’s finally here. 💕
#welcometothefunnyfarm #zero #gsd #germanshepherd #mamasboy #welcomehome
When you live out in the country, you find some interesting things...
This time our dog, Jules, happened to sniff out a hawk’s head. No sign of a body or even feathers, just a head. She found it along the side of the road on our evening walk.
I know hawks are protected in Pennsylvania, so should something like this be reported? *Note the slug in the bottom left corner on it’s way to check things out.* #hawk #lifeinthecountry #slug
I’ve been MIA for about a week...but not because I dropped my phone in the pool again. 🤪 This time it’s because of a much more exciting reason.
Last weekend we added the last piece to our family puzzle, and my new chicken guardian and I have been training nonstop. Garden and chicken posts will resume soon, but for now I’m enjoying my new shadow. #gsd
Seed savin’ and chicken treat makin’. These lemon cucumbers were left on the vine until they were overripe and very large...perfect for seeds! These cukes are high yielding, so eventually I fell behind on harvesting and decided the chickens would enjoy them once the seeds were collected. #fromseedtoseed
My husband’s grandfather is pretty spectacular! He’s an avid gardener and we’ve created a great bond over the love of growing our own food. We share produce, and he’s handed down tons of useful knowledge that I’ll forever be grateful for.
We were at his house this past weekend and I was admiring his asparagus from the porch. He told me that he never planted any, that it came from his neighbor’s garden which is about 30 yards away.
We walked down to his garden to check for berries. These were all we could find, but he said he’d save more as they pop up. How exciting is this?! It may be a couple of years before I see shoots, but it’ll be worth the wait.
The overhaul inside the greenhouse has begun. With cooler weather on the way, I need to make room for all of my cold sensitive trees, bushes and potted herbs. I drastically cut back two of the three tomato plants today, as well as the lemon cucumbers. The large, overripe cukes in the basket are for seed saving and chicken treats. 🐥 Ozma and her babies seem to approve. I had to toss them one to keep them away from the basket...they’re worse than vultures.
At the beginning of the growing season I decided to focus on capsicum and unique produce. I think these bishop’s crown peppers fit both categories. These were the ones that I was most looking forward to. I don’t eat them, they’re all for my husband, I just enjoy how cool they look. 👑
🤯 Damnit, Ellie! 🤬
Here she is, ladies and gentlemen...the first chick we hatched, way back in the beginning of May, demonstrating the biggest downside to free ranging. As Buttercup’s only born, she has been spoiled rotten. She comes when called, just like a dog and clearly she knows she can get away with shenanigans like this nonsense.
When she first hatched, I knew who her daddy was, but her mom was a toss up. I suspected one of our black sexlinks, but wasn’t really sure. Well, she is now the tallest chicken in the flock, even surpassing her Jersey Giant daddy, Jack. The biggest thing that stands out to me are her Big Bird legs. Her dad’s are black and so are the sexlinks’...so I had to start checking our girls for yellow feet. We have 3 red laced Wyandottes that have yellow feet and one Freedom Ranger. Considering she has surpassed her father’s height, I have to conclude that Ellie is a Jersey Giant / Freedom Ranger cross.
I hope that squash was as good as it looked, Ellie....I’ll never know. #youreluckyyouremyfavorite #naughtychicken
Here “she” is...my first chick to successfully hatch that isn’t black. We’ve had five broody mamas this summer that have hatched 23 chicks. We never intended on hatching chicks, but some of our girls decided otherwise.
At first, I wasn’t very selective about which eggs to let them hatch, especially since I usually can’t tell which hen laid which egg. However, with the last two mamas, I gave them mostly eggs from our Easter Eggers and bantam Cochins. The result has been pretty exciting...we have a bunch of tiny fluffy feet running around, and this little gem. I believe she is a cross between our Jersey Giant roo and one of our white Easter Eggers. If she actually ends up being a hen, she’ll hopefully be my first Olive Egger! I’ve named her Coraline. 💕