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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Garden Walk About

We have had such a hot summer . . .
that the vines and the weeds are taking over.
Our Old Geezer Swimming Hole
is surrounded by jungle.
Look at the sunflowers ,
they are higher than the well house.
The weeds behind the stock tank 
are there because . . .
these are hiding in them :)
That watermelon is about 20 inches long
&
qualifies me to be called
A Farm Girl
(something I've always wanted to be)
 Here you can see the sunflowers 
peeking over the well house.
They are still growing and haven't
bloomed yet :)
 On the fence are the morning glories
that I planted last spring. 
 We have tomatoes. 
 Corn
Pumpkins

 Cantaloupe

 More watermelon . . .
and peppers, zucinnii and cucumbers.
Yes, I am a farm girl!

We have flowers . . .


and bees for pollinating.

Not bad for a beginner . . .
Right?

I've been grocery shopping from the garden
and loving the freshness and the savings.

Keep Smiling!
 Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

P.S. Do you need to have animals
to be called a farm girl?


 Okay :)

56 comments:

  1. Hi Farm Girl, I love all your crops. You have done a fabulous job...I am serious. Love your back yard swimming hole too. LOL. I wish Ted and I had a jacuzzie for two. in our yard. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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    1. This farm girl uses a stock tank with holes cut into it for a small swimming pool filter . . . that's as fancy as it get around here, LOL.

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  2. Nice garden walk and lovely vegies and fruit. That old geezer swimming hole looks very inviting and probably felt good when the temps hit 90-100 degrees. Yes, you are a Farm Girl.....not bad farming, have you started to do some canning yet??

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    1. I bought a pressure canner last week. We bought a round steak to try it out on our stove and it messed up the finish on the glass top, just a little bit, but enough that I'm afraid to use it again. Any suggestions?

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  3. i so love that little doggie..so precious..wow, lots of goodies to eat..

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    1. I know . . . it is so much fun to pick fresh food from the garden :)

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  4. I believe you are a true farm girl! Love your flowers and watermelons and even the old geezer swimming hole.

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    1. Thank Laurie . . . we love our new life on our little acre of land . . . after being in a tight neighborhood for over thirty years with neighbors on top of each other . . . we feel so free with all of this new found space :) Having a big garden is wonderful :)

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  5. I think you qualify. May need a milk cow. Teasing.

    Beautiful produce. I love grazing in the garden.

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    1. Last week my husband says, "do you want to go to framer market, we haven't been all year?'
      I laughed and said, "we don't need it." Having a garden is so nice :)

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  6. Wow, impressive produce it is all looking wonderful, a beautiful taste of summer. I would definitely say that you qualify as a farm girl with that cute animal, certainly made me smile.

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    1. I thought about chickens or even getting one small goat . . . but animals tie you down. Our little Butchy, likes to travel with us, but I can't see traveling with chickens in the car, LOL.

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  7. Absolutely a Farm Girl. Those watermelons look good.

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    1. I know! I have this paper from the internet that says you pick them when they separate from the vine . . . I think that means their steam dries off . . . I'm anxiously awaiting :)

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  8. Hi farm girl! Your farmlet is very productive - looks lilke your plants have really enjpyed their summer :-) Fresh from the garden is best. Love your toaster cover too, from your previous post, such a fun idea!

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    1. Good Morning Raewyn, I love hearing you call me a farm girl . . . you should know :) We are truly enjoying our garden especially the ripe tomatoes, they are so good :)

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  9. Yes you are definitely a farm girl! Your garden looks lovely and so much fresh produce. Don't worry about the weeds, they are good for the wildlife and anyway, a weed is only a flower in the wrong place! Xxxx

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    1. Oh, I love that . . . most of your weeds are not that much of a problem, except for "goat heads" . . . they are horrible and produce these hard stickers that stick to the bottom of your shoes and can get tracked into the house if you are not careful. I'm doing my best to keep them down but haven't found a way to kill them other than pulling them up by the roots. I really have to watch Butchy's feet after he's been out for a while.

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  10. Love your farm animal! So sweet! Your garden looks so great considering the horrible weather we have been having. Enjoy the harvest.

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    1. Oh, I have been watering almost every single day . . . if not we wouldn't have anything :) I sure hope we don't have another summer like this one for many years to come :)

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  11. After looking at all of these lovely garden photos, I want to be farm girl too! What a green thumb you have...such beautful produce and flowers! Love those morning glories and the sunflowers are going to be glorious!

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    1. Good Morning Debby, thanks so much for stopping by to visit. I truly appreciate your encouraging words. Until last summer I never had a place to grow a real garden and I am so excited about being able to grocery shop in my backyard. It has been fun watching seedlings grow and produce food. In all the heat that we have had this summer, it hasn't always been easy getting out there pulling weeding, hoeing and watering, but the satisfaction from seeing the results is amazing :)

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  12. Hi Connie, I think you can call yourself a successful Farm Girl! Everything is so lovely! You guys have accomplished a lot in growing things. So wonderful to bring in your own for a meal. Have fun and enjoy! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, it is great to hear from you. It has been hard work, but mostly because of the heat this summer. I enjoy being outside but our temperatures have not been pleasant. Boy, when I was young the heat never bothered me, but that is a thing of the past . . . I am looking forward to some cooler days. We are still having weather in the med and high 90's. I do hope that you and your hubby are feeling better.

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  13. Looks like it is all coming along just wonderfully, not to mention your lovely flowers!!

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    1. Thank you . . . I have spent my summer watering and moving sprinklers around the yard and garden . . . but when everything starts supplying us with fresh garden vegetables and bouquets in the kitchen window . . . it's some kind of wonderful :)

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  14. nothing quite like home grown fruits and vegies. You are an excellent farm girl and that's one cute farm dog :)

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    1. He's a farm boy . . . and the best little helper ever :)

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  15. Congratulations on earning the title Farmer! I have true farmer relatives and they tell me that gardening in any quantity qualifies as farming so I bought one of their T-shirts and am considering myself one too : ) Still praying for that rain for us both. We did get one day of thunder and lightening with rain that sparked fires in the Eastern half of our state and just yesterday three firefighters lost their lives fighting one on that side of the mountains. So sad for their families and those that have lost property, homes and animals as well.

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    1. Hi Mindy, it has been terrible. We live about seventy miles south of the fires and our air is smokey . . . I can not imagine how bad it is to breath around the Wenatchee area. My husband was just saying that the news just said that this year has been the hottest July (averaging the temperatures all over the world . . . from North Pole to South Pole) on record from when they have started keeping records. Hopefully next year will be better. September in coming and hopefully it will bring rain :)

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  16. Your garden is looking stunning Connie, all that beautiful produce and pretty flowers. Enjoy the rewards of your hard work.
    Anne xx

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    1. I am enjoying it and feeling truly blessed . . . it has been hard work, but I believe that get outside working in the fresh air is good for the soul and the body :) A little sweat ( this year a lot of sweat, with our hot temperatures) is nothing that a good hot shower does take care of.

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  17. Sweet Connie, I have to say I'm envious of your beautiful gardens...vegetables, fruit and flowers!!! When I saw those tomatoes and corn, my mouth watered.....and of course those melons!!! I didn't put in a garden this year or last (miss it terribly) but Lord willing next year? I can envision myself taking a little walk around your sweet homestead and viewing all the precious things of Gods creations and all the lovely things you have created. Maybe one of these days, we can sit on your porch together and have lemonade and talk about the things we love....Blessings~~~Roxie

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    1. Dear Sweet Roxie, through the powers of the internet and our kindred spirits we kind of did just sit on the porch together and talk of all the blessing of our Lord. He has been so sweet to us. This new home of ours has been a blessing from the get go and the the garden and shops and everything else has been frosting on the cake. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  18. Yes...you are a farm girl...and you have the cutest little farm dog!!
    hugs,
    ~Cindy

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    1. Thank Cindy, he's my partner and tags along with me all through the day :)

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  19. Hey there, Farm Girl! Your garden is producing wonderful things. Isn't it a delight to go out and pick what's ready for dinner? And I hope one doesn't need animals to be a farm girl cuz I don't have any but I do have a garden.

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    1. Hi Lorrie, eating fresh from the garden is the best. I think that we all can agree that a garden fresh tomato is like taking a bite out of summer . . . nothing comes close to the flavor :) I am loving my new country life.

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  20. Okay, those are the most beautiful vegetables and flowers I've seen all summer! You really are a farm girl. Not one thing in my teeny tiny garden looked as pretty as what you've grown.

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    1. Oh my goodness, that is quite the compliment . . . thank you :)

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  21. Hi Connie,
    I think you definitely are a farm girl! As for animals, you should get some chickens. Nothing like fresh eggs!
    Beautiful produce from your garden and great sunflowers.

    Hugs,
    Kay

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    1. I know I think having chickens would be fun, but Steve doesn't want anything that will tie us down . . . like we ever go anywhere, LOL.

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  22. I agree, you have truly earned the title Farm Girl because you've done a wonderful job in your garden. Your dog is really precious, too.

    Have a lovely weekend... :)

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    1. I've really enjoyed watching the garden grow and there is nothing quite as tasty as fresh tomatoes :)

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  23. Dear Connie, you're a farm girl through and through! I want to be a crafty girl like you, but I know I never will be...oh well....XX

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    1. Well Jane, I would love to be able to capture nature the the way you do with your camera . . . we all have our talents and the fact that they are all different makes this big ole world more interesting :)

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  24. I can't believe you are a beginner! With a crop like that you are an instant farm girl :) I grew corn for the first time this year and I can hardly wait to taste it but I always grow sunflowers and this year they are not looking as good as usual. Yours, however, are amazing. Enjoy!

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    1. Sunflowers must like our dry heat . . . of course I have been out there watering them almost daily. Our temperatures are finally starting to drop and the last two days have been wonderfully pleasant :)

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  25. What a lovely walk about. We have one little cherry tomato plant that is slowly providing us a few tomatoes each night.

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    1. I love cherry tomatoes. Ours has just started to produce tomatoes. I have been picking them and adding them to Steve's lunch sack. They are a great snack for his new low carb diet.

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  26. You are definitely a farm girl and a darn good one! Those veggies and flowers are gorgeous.

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    1. Thank you Patty, you're so sweet :)

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  27. I cannot believe the size of those sunflowers! I loved seeing all your vegetables, too. So cool that you are growing melons and pumpkins. You are definitely a farm girl!

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    1. Hi Melanie, thank you . . . I have been truly enjoying the garden, more so now that it is producing vegetables and flowers for our table. Is this a new profile photo I see? Very nice :)

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  28. Oh Connie, luv your pics,,, just makes me smile..
    Farm girl hugz
    >^..^<

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    1. Thank you so much . . . love you little cat . . . how creative is that :)

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