Friday, June 27, 2014

Flowers: A Conversion Story

I have had a conversion experience in regard to flowers. I used to think they were unneccesary wastes of space, hogging soil that should be dedicated to hard-working vegetable crops.

Boy, was I wrong! Those flowers ARE hard-working. Every day they attract pollinators - butterflies, bees, wasps, and more - who are responsible for fertilizing what will become tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, etc. Without those pollinators, we don't get these wonderful veggies!

But that's not all they do. They also lift the spirits of the gardener, their colors bringing joy and somehow, peace. Go figure. I love them now! Here are a few growing in our little yard.

 

Zinnia

 

"Wandering Jew"

Lantana carera

Lettuces

Rattlesnake Bean Blossoms

Future Tomato Sandwiches!

Black-Eyed Susan

 

 

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What Can I Plant for YOU?

It's time to order seeds for my Fall vegetable plant sale in mid-August. For those of you in Wake Forest, what veggies would you like to have in your garden this Fall?

Here are some options: Cabbage, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Collards, Beets, Eggplant, Kale, Lettuce, Swiss Chard, Turnip Roots, Turnip Greens.

Which are your favorites? Which would you like to harvest out of your own garden this Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments section or the "Connect With Us" sidebar. It'll help me know what plants are most popular for the Fall season.

Thanks!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Whassup @ Reconnect?

We've had a lot going on here at the farm as the days get longer and hotter. The Summer Solstice is this Saturday! How did we get here so fast? Last night we finished up our first "Create a Farm in Your Backyard" class at Millbrook High school. What a great time we've had over the last 4 weeks learning about self-sufficiency, strategies for growing food, and taking care of animals. I'll be teaching the class again in October - you can register today!

And we've finally got some dates for our first "Soil Yourself!" Workshops! "Save Your Own Seeds" will be Saturday, July 19 from 10am - 12pm (cost - $25 per person). And the "Have a Fall Garden" workshop and seedling sale will be Saturday, August 16 from 10am - 12pm (cost - $25 per person). Click the "Soil Yourself! Workshops" tab above for more info.

Here are some pics of the other happenin's on the farm:

Plump, sweet blueberries

Cukes growing up sunflowers - a great idea!

Heirloom grapes from my grandmother's vine in north Georgia

 

The "Orchard" with Asian long beans, blackberries, tomatoes, sunflowers, cukes, grapes, plum, figs, and rosemary.

 

Sunflowers paired with peppers

Waking up...

How's your garden growing? Send us some pics at reconnectfarm@gmail.com. Want to know more about some of the educational opportunities we offer? Feel free to contact us using the "Connect With Us" widget on the right sidebar. Happy growing!

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Our First Tomato!

Here it is! Our first ripe tomato of the season. It was from one of our "Cherry" tomato plants. Big and beautiful...or maybe not.

Looks like our "Cherry" is more like a Mexican Midget. Oh, well. We'll see what happens when the rest of them fruit. Those of you who bought "Cherry" varieties from me: how are they turning out for you? Are they cherry-sized or more midget-sized? Happy gardening!