Posted on August 12, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Thank you to all who took the time to comment on my blog(s) for a chance to win some delicious Garlic! There are 2 winners and they are ….
Real Life Farm Wife
I Read Do You?
Please send your mailing address to email@example.com so I can mail out your package this Monday. Thank you once again to everyone who commented.
We have been so busy packing and cleaning and doing the move thing it has been crazy! I am excited but also sad to leave the home where are children grew up … so many memories.
Time for a new phase of our lives and many more memories ahead!
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Posted on August 7, 2011 by therunninggarlic
We have changed our moving plans and will be heading out-of-town sooner than planned. The internet provider where we are going can be unpredictable and I want to make sure I have the winners picked and the garlic mailed to them before we leave. So with that the Garlic Giveaway winners will be picked August 12 and have 48 hrs. to contact me. You can leave a comment on this post or the previous Garlic Giveaway post. There is also a post at the Growing Phases Farm blog where you can leave an additional comment. A total of two winners will be picked – one from each blog.
Thanks and Good Luck!
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Posted on August 3, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Borage is a great companion plant – especially with tomatoes to ward off the tomato hornworm!
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Posted on July 26, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Add your photos to the Wordless Wednesday collection below and see more entries here.
Also don’t forget to comment on the Giveaway Post for your chance to win some Gourmet Garlic!
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Posted on July 25, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Last year I held a giveaway and one lucky winner won Gourmet Garlic from my harvest. I decided this year I should do the same …
Garlic freshly grown in Illinois
All you have to do is leave a comment here or on Growing Phases Farm’s blog . You can leave a comment on both blogs – one winner from each will be picked and receive the Garlic as a gift to either use in your recipes, give as a gift or plant in your own garden.
Include your contact information (email address or website) so I can find you if you win. If you rather not post your email you can send it privately to firstname.lastname@example.org . The winner will be announced and posted here on August 26, 2011 and will have 48 hrs. to contact me with their address for mailing otherwise a new winner will be selected.
Finally the Sungold Tomatoes are beginning to turn color and should be ready to EAT any day now … I can’t wait! Also the Black-eyed Susan are in full bloom – they are biennial and bloom every other year – this is the year.
I have a few more pictures of happenings around the farm posted at Growing Phases Farm, so make sure to stop by and leave your comment for yet another chance to win the Gourmet Garlic…..best of luck to you!
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Posted on July 21, 2011 by therunninggarlic
We have finally decided on a name for our place that carries meaning for us from our past, present and future business ideals. Growing Phases Farm is our new name and although we haven’t started officially doing business the name is in place!
I have set up a Facebook page and another blog where I will be writing about happenings on the Farm and I am keeping my fingers crossed we can find a good internet connection here. We are pretty remote and most carriers don’t reach us.
We were busy the last few weeks harvesting all the garlic and now this task is finally complete. The 5 types of garlic grown this past season include Chrysalis Purple, Chesnok Red, Persian Star, Inchelium Red and Chet’s Italian. The garlic will cure for a month before it is up for sale and many of the cloves will be saved for our planting for 2012 which will take place in October. I also ordered 2 additional varieties – Music and Siberian, along with Lorz Italian and Broadleaf Czech to be started. Overall, the growth and harvest went well, although much more organic compost needs to be added to the hard clay soil for better results.
The cucumbers have been plentiful allowing us to can enough to keep us pickle happy until next season. I left the vines to grow a little longer since the chickens love cucumbers and will enjoy their refreshing taste on these hot, hot summer days!
I noticed more baby birds out and about and made sure to keep the feeders full for them. If you sit and watch you can see the difference between the babies and the adults – besides the physical appearance, they are slower to move and they tend to observe what is going on around them.
Top picture is a baby House Wren – the nest is built behind a piece of wood we placed up against sliding glass doors. The wood was picked up and placed there for no reason, but once the nest-building began – we didn’t dare move it. The lower picture is a baby American Goldfinch watching the world go by.
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Posted on June 9, 2011 by therunninggarlic
It sure seems Spring is shorter and shorter each year – this year we had frost one day and 2 weeks later 90 degree days! The past 2 days have been scorchers outside and right now it is storming so the garden is getting a much-needed drink! This was the first year I was able to sit and actually watch a pair of Purple Martins around their nest. They make a clicking sound as they move about which I found quite amazing.
I was able to capture a turtle actually laying eggs (the video is 4 mins. in length and this is over the limit at Flickr so I need to shorten it or find another way to post it). Frankie alerted us to the turtle’s presence and stood howling away at her as she calmly proceeded to do her duty. I have the area marked off and hope we will be around when the baby turtles make their appearance.
The chickens love the warm weather and all the nice little bugs they find – the ticks are one of those bugs I could easily live without.
I find plenty of them down south and this year the locust are out, about and LOUD!
I harvested my first batch of Garlic Scapes and promptly made a nice pasta dish using them. Also shared some with a local chef who was very appreciative. These were from the Chrysalis Purple hardneck and I will have many more from the other varieties soon. Along with all this summer activity, we have been busy getting our home in St. Charles ready for market. Obviously, this is not a good time to sell a home …… but you never know!
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Posted on May 12, 2011 by therunninggarlic
Lilacs are in bloom!
With two 80 degree days this week I could hold off no longer! I started planting in my garden outside and I have been checking the weather constantly. The official day here is May 15th (which is Sunday) for danger of frost to occur. We have had frost later than that in past years, but now I can only cross my fingers and keep my hopes high. The 10 day forecast shows there will be a cooling off this weekend but nowhere near frost. I did keep a few of each variety safe in the house just in case.
Pepper plants are more than happy to be placed in the ground – varieties are Marconi, Red Mini, Alma Paprika, Tam Jalapeno and Purple Pepper.
Cayenne peppers are still waiting – I have to rethink where I want to plant them. I already have peppers on some of these!
These seeds are from Renee’s Garden and are Tricolor Zucchini which means the package had 3 different varieties of squash – Clarimore, Golden Dawn and Raven which gives me an interesting selection. Same with the package of Summer Scallop – three varieties of Pattypan squash; Sunburst, Peter Pan and Starship. Can’t wait to see what will grow!
Tricolor Pattypan Squash
Here is a shot of one Tomato transplant … I have many more! The varieties in ground are Cherokee Purple, Amish Paste, Sungold, Amana Orange, Black Cherry and Black Krim.
Winter Squash – the two types here are Delicata which I will train to grow on the fence and Butternut which will be too heavy for the fence.
Last but not least my Moon and Stars Watermelon – seems like it took a bit to get going, but will take off I am sure once the warmth is here to stay. Also planted a few flowers out …. so as I fine tune some more planting all I can keep doing is chanting … Please No Frost – Please No Frost. You are welcome to chant along!
Hoping your garden plans are coming together!
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Posted on May 2, 2011 by therunninggarlic
This past weekend I was able to visit my first Farmer’s Market of the year! We were down South visiting our daughter at school and she had an assignment from one of her classes … visit a Farmer’s Market and write a report. She asked if I wanted to join her …….. heck yea! The markets further up North don’t start rolling for another month so this was Great!
She was thrilled with the jar of honey we purchased for her since she now enjoys drinking tea each morning. I think she was not thrilled with the fact that I was taking her picture …… I also purchased some herbs and flowers for my own garden. It was a gorgeous day at the market!
I have taken photos and even a video of these wind turbines which we pass on our trip down and I happened to take a few more this time. What I found interesting as I flipped through my Organic Gardening magazine when I arrived home was a short article about these wind turbines. It states that they Grow Better Crops! What happens is these giant, and they are GIANT, turning metal designs create a gentle turbulence , more favorable temperatures and more air exchange with the plants. More carbon dioxide is received and the blowing air helps dry the leaves reducing risk of fungal infections. While the wind turbines are constructed to generate electricity this newly discovered benefit is being eagerly researched.
When we first started seeing semi trucks carrying these huge metal constructions, we likened them to parts of an airplane. Now we know better …. they are parts of a wind turbine. Fascinating for sure!
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Posted on April 13, 2011 by therunninggarlic
The past 3 years I have been concentrating my gardening efforts on our place down south and this year I am doing a reverse! We have cleared a rather large area in our yard up north and have decided to do a really spectacular garden. Although I have some gardening knowledge this large space is intimidating! There is nothing there and I plan to make it pretty … yikes!
This is our back yard and the area with black dirt is our new garden! That is alot of black dirt!
Another angle ….. of ALOT of black dirt!
And still another view of the area
Frankie is quite content watching as we line the area with brick to keep the soil from running off in heavy rains. Some days I really wish my dogs, of which we have four, could pitch in and help a little with some of this work.
Next step is framing the area with plastic lattice to keep the bunnies out … the squirrels will climb over so I need to keep an eye out for them. One year they had a real feast on all my miniature blue corn I had growing when we were gone for a weekend.
This is an additional area on the side of the house that I plan to clean up and add flowers or it may be the herb garden.
It looks like I have my work cut out for me ….. maybe the dogs will have a change of heart and decide to help out.
Follow along as I create my Dream Garden!
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