Ahhhhhh….GROWING SEASON is finally here and in full force!  It is one of our favorite times of the year as the garden starts to take off, and the trees and flowers begin to bloom in full color!

We thought for today’s Sunday Farm Update – it would be a great time to take a trip around the farm and give you a little pictorial tour.

We hope you enjoy – Jim and Mary

The porch pergola remains one of our favorite areas to relax after a day's work at the farm
The porch pergola remains one of our favorite areas to relax after a day’s work at the farm
The rose bushes are now in full bloom - adding a lot of color to the farm
The rose bushes are now in full bloom – adding a lot of color to the farm
Our new "tomato crates" on our back porch at home. We planted a few of these to have easy access to salad tomatoes
Our new “tomato crates” on our back porch at home. We planted a few of these to have easy access to salad tomatoes. The wood covers  just slip over large planting tubs or 5 gallon buckets to create a great look.  We added the wire grid as well to make it easy to support the tomatoes as they grow.
A view from the top of the hill overlooking the farm
A view from the top of the hill overlooking the farm
The potato crate experiment is working a little better than planned - in fact - it is time to add another crate to the top!
The potato crate experiment is working a little better than planned – in fact – it is time to add another crate to the top!
We added rock to the front entrance hillside to stop any erosion, and to keep it easy to maintain
We added rock to the front entrance hillside to stop any erosion, and to keep it easy to maintain
The zucchini plants are growing like wild and full of blooms - it won't be long!
The zucchini plants are growing like wild and full of blooms – it won’t be long!
The wave petunia baskets are now in full bloom!
The wave petunia baskets are now in full bloom!
The strawberry plants in the new patch are off to a great start!
The strawberry plants in the new patch are off to a great start!
The front entrance plants have all come on
The front entrance after a late afternoon rain. The entire front area was created from transplants
The first heads of cauliflower are beginning to form in the garden!
The first heads of cauliflower are beginning to form in the garden!
The clematis has started to bloom as well - growing now up and through the upper pergola
The clematis has started to bloom as well – growing now up and through the upper pergola
The new raised beds have worked wonders for our smaller seeds crops - our lettuce and kale beds are providing us plenty of fresh greens
The new raised beds have worked wonders for our smaller seeds crops – our lettuce and kale beds are providing us plenty of fresh greens
Tomato red
The tomatoes are off to a good start – including our trial row of with the red plastic. The plastic is supposed to help with higher yields – we are anxious to see if it works.
The hanging ornamental pepper baskets on our driveway posts are filled out and just about ready to start blooming with hundreds of tiny colorful peppers
The hanging ornamental pepper baskets on our driveway posts are filled out and just about ready to start blooming with hundreds of tiny colorful peppers

Happy Gardening – Jim and Mary!

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