Members of the Union County Master Gardener's Association listen in as we talk about our chickens at the farm.
Members of the Union County Master Gardener’s Association listen in as we talk about our chickens at the farm.
Food From The Garden... Visitors to the farm always love to see the end results of a growing season.
Food From The Garden… Visitors to the farm always love to see the end results of a growing season.
In the garden discussing the raised row, no till method.
In the garden discussing the raised row, no till method.
Mary talks about the leaf "corn-crib" and how we store fall leaves for use in our summer composting.  I think even the dog seems very interested! :)
Mary talks about the leaf “corn-crib” and how we store fall leaves for use in our summer composting. I think even the dog seems very interested! 🙂
The barn table's centerpiece for the day - made from some left over barn wood and mason jars we had on hand.
The barn table’s centerpiece for the day – made from some left over barn wood and mason jars we had on hand.
The straw bale crates made from old pallets were a big topic for the day - here our zucchini starts to grow up and over the crates.
The straw bale crates made from old pallets were a big topic for the day – here our zucchini starts to grow up and over the crates.
Talking about our tomato stake-a cages in the garden.
Talking about our tomato stake-a cages in the garden.

It’s always such a great experience to have visitors out to the farm.  Not only is it an opportunity to share our story and our love of gardening – but Mary and I both enjoy hearing and learning valuable information from others who love to garden and enjoy the outdoors as well.

On Saturday, we were really fortunate to have a great group from the Union County (Ohio) Master Gardener’s Association come out to tour the farm.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for the day – with the temperatures in the mid 70’s, sunny skies – and it led to a lot of great gardening conversation.

We spent the afternoon giving a two hour tour of the barn, composting and rain-water systems, chicken coop, and garden areas.

One of the things that visitors to the farm love to hear about – is the entire process of bringing the farm to the table – including not just fresh vegetables, but canning and preserving for year round use.

It never ceases to amaze both of us how friendly and sharing fellow gardeners are, and how much we learn every-time we have a group out for a tour.

When we first started the little farm a few years back, I don’t think either of us ever anticipated giving tours – but it has certainly become one of our favorite things to do – and as crazy as it sounds, I always feel like we are the ones who get to learn so much each time.

Speaking of tours, we will have final details in next week’s Sunday Farm Update – but it looks like July 27th will be the date for our Hometalk Meet-up and gardening discussion on Gardening and Gardening Recipes – and we are even more excited to announce that we will be working with an incredible local greenhouse, Wilson’s Garden Center, to host the event.

Wilson’s has a beautiful greenhouse facility and an amazingly friendly staff – and we are so excited to have them as a partner to host the event!

Even better, since it is only a few miles from the farm – we will also be giving tours and have an open house at the farm that day following the event.  We will have a complete run down with times and event details next Sunday

Speaking of the garden and the farm, everything has really taken off the past week with some timely and much-needed rains.  Along with some pictures of yesterday’s tour – we included some pictures about the farm for today’s Sunday Update.

The tomatoes and peppers have now begun to take hold and are starting to really shoot up – and the lettuce, radishes and other spring crops are in full pick mode – and with that – we need to get out there and get busy 🙂

Happy Gardening  –  Jim and Mary

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Top view of the zucchini straw bale pallet crate planting.
Top view of the zucchini straw bale pallet crate planting.
Touring the new chicken coop
Touring the new chicken coop
The cucumbers are fully set in blooms
The cucumbers are fully set in blooms
The bees are enjoying all of the blooms and are hard at work at the farm too.
The bees are enjoying all of the blooms and are hard at work at the farm too.
So far, the red cabbage is looking good in the garden - hopefully, we will enjoy some fresh cole slaw this summer from it!
So far, the red cabbage is looking good in the garden – hopefully, we will enjoy some fresh cole slaw this summer from it!

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