The Joy of Farming your Land

Good Evening Everyone. I hope you are enjoying your spring. I’m enjoying the rain that is watering all the plants and trees that I planted this weekend and Monday.
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We divided my Raspberry bushes and got 33 canes out of it. The goal is to put up posts at each end of the Raspberry rows. Then we will run wire for the Raspberries to grow on.  We also moved the fruit trees. I hope they survive through the Summer.  Someday I’d like our property to be a pick-your -own farm. (Might not happen because we live in a Development.)
This property in it’s former life was a gravel pit.

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Here in the North East, the rule is not to plant until Memorial Day. We do have some things we can plant now that are frost hardy. We have gotten snow in May before, so it’s best to be cautious.
Peas are one of those harder crops. An old saying is planting Peas on Patriots day brings picking of Peas on 4th of July.
We envy the longer growing season of the southern states but we don’t think we could ever leave this property. (We are blessed with all kinds of wild life from the Marsh behind our house.) In the fall we hope to build a couple Hot Houses to extend the growing season. We  know of some farms in Maine that are getting crops in December.
We finally got to use compost that was broken down. It came from mulch that we had put in the compost pile 5 years ago. We know how to make good compost but we are not very good at doing the things  to  make it good.

Making Compost
A mixture of greens and brown yard waste. Green being grass clippings, deadhead plants, veggie scraps.
Brown is your raked leaves, egg shells, coffee grounds.
Start mixture with a bag of already composted soil, and water.
Mix the compost pile often (something we forget to do.) A pitch fork works well. You can also use composted Manure to start you compost.
Make sure that your pile is in a sunny area. Try and wet it once a week or more often in dryer times.
This Spring we are going to try and add worms. We are hoping that it will break it down faster.
I would love to hear  your composting ideas and how you reuse yard waste to enrich your gardens.

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It’s great when you can raise your food with compost that you made from previously raised food waste.

HAPPY FARMING!

Tracy

Encouraging your child with Art & Nature

This is an art project I did with my son last summer. It was a practice run for an outdoor class I taught at are local library.

Art & Nature Classes

The art & nature class I did at our local library was a hit. This is the example my son did for the class. It’s a Foxglove Flower.
The children had a great time. They were so excited to be drawing outside and investigating everything around them.
I provided clipboards, paper, pencils, magnifying glasses, oil pastels, and all the material to frame the finished pictures.
We started the class with discussing artist that were also naturalist. I set up books to give the parents and children ideas to read. They were biographies, craft ideas, outdoor projects to do with the whole family, how to draw and paint books.
I set up examples of leaves, flowers, and other nature items from outdoors. After the children looked at them on the table, we sat down and looked at each item up close. We looked at shape, texture, and color.
After passing out all the materials, we went outside and explored our environment. The kids looked at bugs, leaves, flowers, and cobwebs.
We drew outside for about 40 minutes.
After we went in we pasted our pictures to construction paper, attached it to a wooden stick with satin ribbon. Their art work is now ready to hang.
My goal is to encourage more families to get outside and observe their environment around them. If we make a connection with our children to their environment then they will connect to it as adults and be future stewards of our Earth. Statistic say that less and less children are going outdoors. This is so sad to hear.
Lets get the kids off the couch and into the outdoors.
HAVE FUN &  ENJOY!
Tracy

Give Away

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I’m going to extend the deadline until next Monday 3/16 at 5 pm. Leave me a comment or send me an e-mail on how you keep your piece of earth green. I’ll collect them and put them in a hat. I’ll have my son pull the winner.

The cloths colors will depend on what Gram has made up. You can give a color suggesting and I’ll do my best to match that.

Good Luck to all!

Have Fun & Enjoy!

Tracy

Dish Cloth Give Away

These dish cloths are a great way to cut back on paper towel use. My grandmother knitted them for me. My knitting skills aren’t that great yet. She did show me a few years ago but I forgot how to do it. I need to learn again. You can never have to many.

-We use these to wash the dishes.
-They can be used as wash cloths in the bathroom.
-We also use them to dust and wipe down counters.
-I’ve been using a really old one to clean the glass on the pellet stove. (We won’t mention that one to gram though.)

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I’m going to give away  1 set of 3 dish cloths at the end of next week. Link me to your blog and leave  a comment about how you keep your little piece of earth greener,  I will put your name in the drawing.

These cloths are a great way to cut down on paper going into the land fill.

Enjoy and make it a Great Day!