Monthly Archives: March 2012

From. The. Road.


Arent iphones awesome?  Please excuse typos cuz this post is written from i 35 highway my first post from the road. Headed to Chicago for launch party of Parisienne farmgirl magazine a must read!  Check back soon for info on our special event in September. It’s gonna be amazing!!!  To read older posts checkout amusingprovincial.blogspot

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Busy As A Bee

I am a member of two garden clubs (first meeting is this week) and I met one of my favorite persons there.  Helen is in her 90’s and still does her own gardening.  She is a true gem.  A couple of years ago as fall was approaching I told Helen I was sad that summer was over and my time out of doors was drawing to a close.  She explained how she enjoyed the changing seasons where she could catch up on her reading and refresh her spirit.  I am now learning to appreciate this change in seasons as a gardener/farmer whose spring to-do list is never ending.  Let’s just say I’m glad I discovered The Hunger Games series in December!!!

When it rains it pours….including with blesssings.  I’ve been so blessed to have a few dreams come to realization lately; although I personally would not have planned them to come together all at once.  But I’m sure God knows what He is doing.  Nevermind that the weather has been so lovely the boys want to wear shorts (not the middle one; he says they’re for girls) so I’ve gotten out all of the summer clothes and have to do my annual “does this fit”….make a list of what I need to buy for the season…etc.  This mess has combined with my Spring Cleaning.  Thanks to a blessing in one of my business ventures I had to rearrange my ‘work’ space and needed a new piece of furniture in there so I am now in the process of rearranging my bedroom.  Which really helps with the deep Spring Cleaning but I didn’t plan on the room being out of sorts while I need to pack for a weekend out of town.  I can’t get it all done in one day you know.  There are kids to drop off, pick up, places to run in/out, off & on all day long so I have to work in small stretches of time.

The rain has been wonderful to force me to work inside but now the yard needs mowed. The chicks are finally big enough to move outside with a heat lamp so the coop needs cleaned.  And we are picking up our new buckling this week so the nursery and supplies HAVE to be ready.  And I had to get my nails done and still have to find the perfect shoes for my weekend away.

And after typing all of this out I am not ready to crawl back to bed and hide under the covers.  I am smiling at all of these blessings and ready to start the day.  I do take all forms of help and advice…physical & oral… if you’re feeling bored like I was a few weeks ago….give me a buzz.

A few helpful hints I’ve learned the hard way:  When ordering supplies for the farm (or anything) plan ahead.  Use the winter to research & purchase items (unlike I’ve done!).  For example I re read something and chatted with a friend about vaccinations for the goats and realized I need to give them 3 weeks before I had thought I did.  And I’m finding some are on backorder.  So be sure and plan ahead a few months in advance.

Chicks can go outside in a protected place with a heat lamp as soon as the weather is warmer at night (50’s).  Keep them under the heat lamp until they are 8 weeks of age.  You can raise the heat lamp a few inches as they grow to get them used to not having it.

Order those garden seeds when the catalogs start rolling in …. in about January or February.  Popular items go fast and a lot of seeds need to be started indoors like:  herbs, tomatoes & peppers.  You can directly sow seeds in March or April of peas, lettuce, carrots & broccoli.  As well as potatoes & onions.  Save the rest for after our last frost date….usually around Mother’s Day.  All of the exact dates and directions should be on the back of your seed packages.

Well the sun is up, everyone’s fed so I’d better get my day started.  Let’s see how long I can keep this manicure nice.  ; )

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You Might Be A Farmgirl If…..

You Might Be A Farmgirl If….

1.  You’d rather sing loudly to your favorite tunes crusin’ on a dirt road than a highway.

2.  Your collections might include animals or plants.

3.  You get your tan & workout the old-fashioned way.

4.  You like a little Junk in the back of your trunk.

5.  The smell of alfalfa or a dairy barn does not repulse you but brings sweet memories to mind.

6.  You’d rather feel grass beneath your barefeet than sand between your toes.

7.  You’d rather stop to shop at a feed store or roadside stand than the mall.

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8.  You might enjoy a trip to Cabela’s every now & then.

9.  You can recognize the leaves of plants as they push through the soil or the songs of birds as they welcome spring.

10.  You’ve shown up to an event and realized you have dirty knees.

11.  You give yourself a manicure so as not to explain the green thumbs, broken nails and dirt beneath them.

12.  Secretly you might find Redneck jokes funny and a little bit true.


Happy Spring Everyone!!!

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Garden Planning

There is so much I want to say about gardening that I am going to have to break it into ‘plots.’  This time of year hopefully you are planning your garden and dreaming and starting seeds.  I just ordered mine from Baker’s Creek.  I know that I’ve mentioned them before but I love them.  They offer a garden planner in their seed catalog that I’ve ordered as well.

Some of the seeds I’m excited about getting are:  sorghum.  For syrup and broom corn.  To make brooms!!  I saw it at Silver Dollar City and I think it’s sooo cool!!!  stevia.  For a sugar substitute.  Yum!  Missouri Pink Love Tomato.  Who wouldn’t want to eat one of those!?!  The list goes on.  I’m so into garden mode that I’ve even ordered candle scents (yes I am now making hand poured 100% soy candles…) like Vine Ripened Tomato & Baby Bibb Lettuce!  Last week I broke down and bought Asparagus at the store!  I usually try not to eat items out of season that we can grow (we do buy citrus and bananas; organic and made in USA) but I could not resist!!  I’m so excited for our first harvest of asparagus this year.  Last year I planted 60 crowns!!!

If you don’t have a large spot or your yard is shady do not fret!  Think outside the box and plan to plant your veggies in pots!  How lovely to have an oblesik of beans or peas on a vine surrounded by carrots and parsley?  My mother in law always has a lovely Salsa pot with a cherry tomato plant surrounded by basil and other herbs.  You could even add some onions to this.

Most all vegetables need 6-8 hours of sunlight a day so having your veggies in pots makes it that much more convenient to guarantee optimum exposure.  If you are planting a traditional or more permanent garden please take that into consideration.  For several years I planted tomatoes in an area where they only got about 4 hours of sunlight and although the plants looked healthy they never really produced much fruit.  Another benefit of container gardening (in my case raised beds) is that you can also control the soil for your plants.

So as you are planning you need to decide what you want to grow (make sure to read labels here….is the plant a bush or vine?  Does it grow 10 feet tall (okra)?  If it’s a low grower you can tuck it under something else.  Does it grow above or below the ground?  Next study your yard at different times of the day to determine where you should plant for adequate sunlight and then get busy!!!  Onions and potatoes are said to be planted around St. Patrick’s Day.  Broccoli, peas, and lettuce are cool weather crops that crave these early spring days.

I’d love to hear what’s on your wish list for your garden in the comments below!

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