Weekend Adventures

What a beautiful and productive weekend at Indigo Acres!  After I cross off items on our “Adventure List” (aka, To-Do-List), it is always so nice to step back and take in everything that was accomplished.  What a wonderful feeling the sense of accomplishment brings!   And, that crazy productivity seems to continue to follow me yet today!  Before noon, I completed barn chores, groomed Ophe, (the 130lb Newfie https://growingself.blog/2017/04/25/our-gentle-giant/) and trimmed the hooves of four goats.  What does this really mean?  I wrestled with five 100lb+ beasts and WON!

One of our many tasks this weekend was to continue to clean up and pick strawberries.  After a difficult start to the season, due to heat and heavy rains, the first round of berries were not very successful.  After cleaning out all of the berries, lost to excessive heat and rain, it was time to pick the beauties!

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Rows and rows of yummy strawberries!
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I was determined to finish last night!  By the light of my cell phone, at about 10:30 pm, I decided that the last row would have to wait for another day…

For a few yummy strawberry recipes, here are a few of my previous blog posts:

https://growingself.blog/2017/06/16/strawberry-season/

https://growingself.blog/2017/06/21/strawberry-shortcake-scones/

More Hoop House Adventures…

Wifey has been excited to build another hoop house for greens and other cold crops. We are always trying to extend our growing season! Although this was supposed to be a “Non-Project Year”, somehow, we ended up at Lowes, purchasing supplies and spent the weekend building.

Here is the link to the step-by-step process on how we build our hoop houses: https://growingself.blog/2017/03/25/help-from-a-hoop-house/

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This hoop house is situated in mostly shade.  It will allow us to grow tender lettuces and micro greens during the heat of the summer. 
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Our original hoop house allowed us to start green onions in March!  It is nice to have an early harvest in June, while we wait for a second harvest from the potager
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We also experimented with growing tomatoes and peppers in the original hoop house, which allows for an early harvest.  In Michigan, we usually harvest tomatoes by the end of August. 

After this past weekend, almost everything has been planted.  Now we weed, water and wait!  Here are a few photos…

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The herbs are just starting to break through the soil. 
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This is one of our tomato beds.  Pea pods are making progress on the right side.
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Acorn, summer and butternut squashes are just getting started.  The yellow, red and white onions, in the background, are making great progress!
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I did take a few minutes, here and there, to photograph my favorite garden friends!

The garden is calling…more updates coming soon! When everything looks so young, I wonder if it will ever be ready to harvest.  Then, I look at last year’s photo and remind myself that miracles take time!

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Get out there and plant something!  I promise, it will bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart!

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You!

Roda

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18 thoughts on “Weekend Adventures

    1. Being the type A person that I am, my to do list would haunt me. A daily adventure list is much more fun. The pressure is not in the title. If it gets done, it does. If not, that’s OK. ☺️

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  1. You can feel the joy in what you write. Adventure, what a great way to look at chores. The garden, the hoop house, do you two hire out? I enjoyed this from start to finish. Thank you for sharing.

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  2. Roda: Thank you for much for this lovely and helpful post. I am so excited I found your blog. I had a garden for several years and loved it and then went to grad school and had to place gardening on hold for a while. I am so excited to bet back into it and find your posts helpful and inspiring.

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    1. Thank you so much, Shelly! I love when I discover blogs that just fit! Funny how I can feel so connected to people I have never met in person! 💚🌱🌸

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