End Of July Garden Update

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Our cherry tomatoes aren’t quiet ripe yet, but they are hanging there on the plants in hundreds, and hundreds. If you haven’t tried growing your own cherry tomatoes yet, I can highly recommend it. It’s a very thankful, and forgiving plant.

 

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The tomato plants are almost 8ft high. My daughter and I planted them from seeds, by the end of April. We planted two garden beds with cherry tomatoes, that we later divided to four (when they grew out of proportion.) All four beds are around 8ft high now. It’s the perfect plant to grow with kids, they grow fast, and the tomatoes are very sweet.

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Next to the cherry tomatoes, our zucchini’s are exploding. We’ve been harvesting several zucchini’s a week, for about a month now. We only planted one garden bed with zucchini. Also a very easy vegetable to grow with kids. My daughter planted, and took care of this garden bed by herself. Some plants require a more exact amount of water, zucchinis are survivors! A little too little, or too much water doesn’t really bother them. Perfect for kids to take care of. The rich harvest makes for a great opportunity to practice giving to others as well. It feels very good to give something you nurtured by yourself.

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Peach tree seedlings
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Nectarine seedling

Our water melons are almost ready for harvest. Some are about the size of a soccer ball. I think we will harvest one tonight, just to try. We planted two different kinds, one with red fruit meat, and one with yellow. I believe it’s the red one that is closest to be harvest ready, but I’m not 100% sure. Someone mixed up the labels while we were planting them. lol. A fun side effect of involving kids in the process. 🙂

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The pumpkins are still flowering. There’s a lot of flowers, and some smaller mini pumpkins are starting to become visible. They still have lots of growing left to do, but aren’t expected to be ready until mid-end October. I believe they are just fine.

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Pumpkin flower

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Mini pumpkin…

I planted the sunflowers in hope that they would bloom on my daughter’s birthday. Four of them actually did 🙂 I’m happy with that!

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Our fruit trees will not bear any fruit in the next three years, but harvest season is in full bloom around us. My daughter and I have been trading our (mostly mine, don’t worry..) labor, picking apples, and peaches on surrounding farms, towards part of the harvest. (I need a bigger freezer!) Harvest season is a wonderful season, and makes the thought of the approaching fall enjoyable. Right now we still have temperature in the three digits. Yesterday we had a high of 113, the highest so far this year. The garden thrives in the plentiful sun, as long as the plants have enough water. I water the garden twice a day now, in the morning, and the evening.

I hope you enjoyed the garden update. Working towards my dream of having homestead on a few acres, and producing the majority of our food myself. Not there yet, but every day is one step closer!

I love your comments and ideas!

Love & Light, Always

/Maria

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park Framed Print featuring the photograph Lassen Volcanic National Park by Maria Jansson

To begin with I would like to express my gratitude for all the kind comments, emails, recipes, inspiration, and ideas that I haven’t yet thanked you for! Thank you! This is an extremely busy season; gardening, different work projects, family, horses, and summer fun. I have not been as active on my blog, or at commenting/reading other blogs. I intend to make it a higher priority!

 
Lassen Volcanic National Park Framed Print featuring the photograph Lassen Volcanic National Park by Maria Jansson

The photos in today’s post is already three weeks old, from a couple road trips ago, but they are from Lassen Volcanic National Park, an incredible place. Better late than never, right?

 
Lassen Volcanic National Park Framed Print featuring the photograph Lassen Volcanic National Park by Maria Jansson
Lassen Volcanic National Park Framed Print featuring the photograph Lassen Volcanic National Park by Maria Jansson
Lassen Volcanic National Park Framed Print featuring the photograph Lassen Volcanic National Park by Maria Jansson
Lassen Volcanic National Park Framed Print featuring the photograph Lassen Volcanic National Park by Maria Jansson
Lassen Volcanic National Park Framed Print featuring the photograph Lassen Volcanic National Park by Maria Jansson
Lassen Volcanic National Park Framed Print featuring the photograph Lassen Volcanic National Park by Maria Jansson

 

I’ve already made four visits to the park so far this year, but only made shorter hikes. They have all been wonderful. I have a longer hike planned later this fall, and I am very excited about that!! I was invited by a fellow blogger to tag along. We’re going to make a longer hike in the backcountry, three days, and two nights. I really look forward to it!

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park Framed Print featuring the photograph Lassen Volcanic National Park by Maria Jansson

 

Love,

Maria

PS. The garden is GROWING! Thank you so much for all the harvest recipes! Keep them coming! I’m collecting them all in a file, and trying them out as I go. I’m taking pictures of the dishes, and with your permission, I’ll share the recipes+photos here later (with credit to the blogger that gave me the recipe of course.)

PS 2. Ariel, our rescue horse, is doing great! She is awesome in every way!!! More about that in a up coming post.

PS3. I came back from a road trip to Cowboy Country (Nevada) yesterday. I can’t wait to share my experience with YOU! It includes a huge mountain lion, the smell of sagebrush, a Quarter Horse named Billy, desert, and some wild horses (one in particular.)

The Sunshine Of My Life

My little big girl is turning four..tomorrow, but we had her party today.

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Part of her happy dance!

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No one can make me smile like she does. Always sharing her happiness with everyone around her. I honestly don’t know anyone who’s mastering the art of spreading happiness to family, friends, and strangers, like she does. ..and she’s never faking it. She notices details that she truly like, and tell people about them (their beautiful smile, happy laughter, shiny hair, or anything she happens to notice.) I really wanted to make her day special. She is so special. Not only because she is my daughter.

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I made her cake from scratch, but cheated and bought the piñata.

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As soon as her guests left she wanted to turn her room into an art studio, and try her new colors, and brushes. I see my little sister, when I see my daughter paint. Her whole appearance, laughter, posture, focus, it takes me back about 30 years.

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It made my day to see her this happy ❤

I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

/Maria

Making My Heart Smile

These two make me so happy! Watching our rescue horse Ariel, and my daughter grow together, is one of the most precious things in my life right now. I just wanted to share two photos that I took with my phone yesterday.

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I hope YOU are having an awesome day!

/Maria

Harvesting Is Exciting!

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My daughter and I was lying down in the grass reading a book, as we look up we see a huge zucchini under a leaf. I had no idea they’ve grown so much! I looked under some more leaves, and found lots and lots of zucchini. It was a very exciting moment for my 3 year old. She planted the seeds a couple months ago, and have been watering them almost every day since then.

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My daughter planted the seed, and have been feeding them eggshells after breakfast almost every day, and provided them with enough water. I love seeing her grow with our project!

Do you have a favorite recipe that includes zucchini? I would love to know! Because we’re going to have lots of them! Please share in a comment!

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We took a closer look at the rest of our garden as well, and discovered that our watermelons are growing fast. In a few weeks we’ll have an abundance of watermelons. I’m a little tempted to try to make wine. Have you ever made water melon wine?

I’ve been starting to research different ways of preserving fruits and vegetables to see if I can find something new that I haven’t tried. We have lots of cherry tomatoes. I love making salsa of the tomatoes, or just eat them as they are. It’s almost like candy! My daughter LOVES them.

I love having zucchini as a side to any meal, or as an ingredient for pasta sauces, lasagna, pizza etc.  I’d love to hear what you do with the abundance of fruit and vegetables around harvest time!

I hope your weekend is relaxing, and fills you with energy for the new week  🙂

/Maria