July Garden Tour

I thought it was time for an update, considering the potager is flourishing! 

Indigo Acres: Potager in July

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The cottage garden is in peak bloom!

We have been spending much time harvesting leaf lettuces and head lettuces. We love growing greens!  Pictured below are some of our favorites: mesclun blend, four seasons, romaine,black seeded simpson.

This time of year, we harvest a large amount of pea pods and kale, as well.

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Pea Pods

We love zucchini!  What I should say is we love zucchini bread! We grow 4 different varieties.  One of my favorites is our “Zucchini Balls”!

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Zucchini Balls
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This is a side view of a few of our garden beds.  We grow most of our crops on black plastic.  This not only keeps weeds at a minimum, but heats the soil to appropriate temperatures, for veggies such as tomatoes and peppers.
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Acorn and butternut squash grow well on black plastic.
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Borage, nasturtium, dill, basil, thyme, parsley and chives are just a few of the herbs enjoying this July weather!
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  Not only does our family enjoy watermelon, but it is a favorite among the chickens and ducks!
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In March, we experimented growing tomatoes from seed, in the hoop house this year!  Looks like we will have some early tomatoes!

Who doesn’t love onions! We grow large red, white and yellow onions and well as green bunching onions and leeks.

Adding flowers throughout the potager becomes a wonderful food source for the bees!

 

This spring, a hard late frost was damaging to our apple, cherry, peach, asian pear, plum and apricot blossoms.  We were fortunate that our grapes and berries were spared.

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We grow concord, reliance and himrod grapes.
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Blackberries and Boysenberries will be ready soon!
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Our first sunshine of the season…
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When it is time to harvest, it is also time to re-seed.  Baby leaf lettuce is already sprouting for round three!

” To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow…”

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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The Wall…

Photo Challenge: Unusual

Living in Michigan, I am accustom to unusual weather.  It can be sunny one minute and hailing the next.  Last week, while kayaking off of Copper Harbor, in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula, the most unusual “Wall of Fog” appeared out of nowhere and engulfed Lake Superior within just a few moments…

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The perfect weather for paddling!
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From the other direction, we noticed this…
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If only this panoramic could show movement.  This rolling wall of fog was moving quickly!  Maybe there are Tsunamis in Michigan!
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With some quick paddling, we were off the water minutes before the wall hit the shore.
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The blue sky and bright sunshine vanished, as the wind picked up and delivered a heavy mist.

“In the waves of change, we find our true direction…”

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Mystery Blogger Award

I am so excited to be nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! ♥ I would love to thank the creative and talented Cherylene, from Living vs. Existing, for nominating me! If you have not visited her blog, I recommend you check it out!   She is filled with Inspiration! https://livingvsexisting.com/mystery-blogger-award-3/

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What is the Mystery Blogger Award?

“The ‘Mystery Blogger Award‘ is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion” ~ Okoto Enigma.

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their  blog
  • Mention the creator of the award
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • Nominate up to 10 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Facts about Roda:

  • I am a fraternal twin
  • I gave birth to fraternal twins
  • We have twins, in our family, as far back as 6 generations!

Cherylene’s Questions:

 

  1. Are you more the talkative or listening type in social settings? Listening, unless I feel very comfortable with the company.
  2. Do you prefer to read the book or watch the movie? Read a book
  3. Which cartoon character would you say best describes you or you can relate to most? I always enjoyed Handy Smurf and Aqua Man…???!!!
  4. Are you good at board games? If yes, which one?  I love board games!  Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride are two of my favorites!
  5. If you’re at a party would you describe yourself as a dancer or more of an observer? I love to dance! People don’t dance enough any more!

My Nominations:

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to celebrate these new and old friends. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing…♥

Roda’s Questions:

Let’s stick with Cherylene’s Questions!

  • Are you more the talkative or listening type in social settings?
  • Do you prefer to read the book or watch the movie?
  • Which cartoon character would you say best describes you or you can relate to most?
  • Are you good at board games? If yes, which one?
  • If you’re at a party would you describe yourself as a dancer or more of an observer?

 

Roda’s Favorite Post

I enjoy writing blogs for my travel category.  My 8 part series titled,  “Our Big Island Adventure” is an all time favorite!

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Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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Always Take A Risk

During our 10 hour + drive home from Copper Harbor, we always try to find interesting places to stop along the way.  Although the view is beautiful, there is not a wealth of choices along the journey home.  Plus, we always have to keep in mind that if we choose to make a stop, our trip home will become even longer.  We have been visiting the Keweenaw Peninsula for years and made the assumption that we had discovered all of the roadside treasures…but, we were so wrong!

At the base of the Keweenaw Peninsula is the city of L’Anse.  We have never traveled into the little town, but there is a roadside stop along US-41, about 15 miles south of L’Anse.  We have never stopped…ever!  We had read in one of our new trail books that there was a trail to a waterfall at this site, so we added it to our list of “quick” stops for the way home.  Within a mile of hiking, I was speechless!  Yes, Roda had no words…

Here is our mile hike…

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I was in love with the terrain instantly…you know why!!  Fairies!
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Truly a tree hugger!
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The beautiful Sturgeon River
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A few little rapids
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The Fairies were naughty here!  At least I captured one!
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The trees…
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There is something about the roots of an old cedar tree…magical!
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The river’s edge
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The stories and poems I could weave from this photo alone…magical!
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The water started to become more alive and from a distance, we could hear the rushing of falling water.
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The rocky river’s edge quickly became a very boxy canyon ridge.
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Once again, I was enamored by the vegetation.
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Such a gorgeous rocky ridge line!
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We thought the falls were the highlight of the trail…but, it was what came after the falls that was the true gem of the trail!
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The river gorge…if only photos could do it justice!
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What’s around the corner…
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There are no words…
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We felt the trail had come to an end.  What else would you think when a large, mossy wall of stone was staring directly at you!?
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At the end of the mossy wall we found stairs…  Rocky stairs, that led up along the trail,which followed the edge of the gorge, beyond what an eye could see.  Those stairs would remain there for another adventure, on another day…

Always remember to take a risk…

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

Roda

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The Unique Blogger Award

Thank you to the beautiful Sunny at https://sunsunnyblog.wordpress.com/  Sunny is just a sweetie!  I love that she is passionate about her German Shepard, Arko!  In fact, I think Arko should start his own blog!!  Take a stroll over to her site and wish Arko a Happy Birthday!  July is his birth month!!  https://sunsunnyblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/16/arko-turns-9-today/

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The Rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them 3 questions.

Sunny’s Questions:

  • What is the last thing you ate? Homemade Island Teriyaki stir fry with chicken, pea pods, onions and garlic…all grown from our farm!
  • Who was your first crush?  Yikes…going back as far as I can remember…probably Ponch and John from the TV show Chips!
  • What kind of music do you like to dance to? ABBA!!!

 

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to celebrate not only some wonderful bloggers I recently started following, but some old friends, too! If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing…♥

Roda’s Nominees:

Roda’s Questions:

I love Sunny’s questions, so let’s stick with the same ones!

  • What is the last thing you ate?
  • Who was your first crush?
  • What kind of music do you like to dance to?

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…

♥Roda

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