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August 2, 2020
An Attitude of Gratitude from Appalachian Quilts

Every morning when I go out to the garden I give thanks.  I thank God for my peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, beans, pumpkins, flowers....I pray over my whole garden.  That's why I call it Coffee with Jesus.  Whether I am watering or just strolling, I give thanks.  I even give thanks for those pesky insects that I battle as a gardener.  Afterall, He had a reason to create them.  Sometimes, I think he created them to keep my humble, because my garden would be amazing without them! 


When the rain comes, I thank Him.  I thank Him for sound ...

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July 19, 2020
Tea Time from Appalachian Quilts

When my granddaughter (Puddin Pop) comes to visit, we talk about having a tea party with her 'dolls'.  She has Anna, Elsa and many other babies that she still likes to hang out with.  We finally got serious about it and decided we needed to have a tea party.  I invited one of her aunts, her cousin and her Momma and we set a date for our Tea Party.  It was today.

She loves the color pink, so 50 yards of toule later, we had our tent set up.  I set it up between two big trees so we would ...

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July 13, 2020
Monday Morning Garden Stroll 07.13.20 from Appalachian Quilts

Macedonian Neighbor's daughter came over yesterday to see my garden.  She was telling me about the 5 gallons of pickles she did this week and various other harvests.  I felt so incompetent.  My green beans have flowers but no beans.  My tomatoes are not ripe.  There I was, again comparing myself to another gardener.  Just stop.  My garden is fine, just not as far along....

We had a few pretty good storms come through this weekend, so I had to go out and check the damage.

The sunflowers out by the pumpkin patch held up pretty well.


We have ...

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July 9, 2020
The Grape Project from Appalachian Quilts

A few years ago we bought grapes - Syrah grapes.  We planted them and walked away.  We mowed and weed whipped around them, but that was it.  Last year we finally put up the trellises.  We should have been harvesting grapes.  Homesteading got in the way.

That's the thing about homesteading.  There's always something to do.  There's always something that changes your priority list.  The grapes kept sliding down the list.  We were building chicken barns, goat barns, high tunnels, raised beds...the list just goes on and on.  This year we moved them up on the list ...

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June 29, 2020
Monday Morning Garden Stroll 06.29 from Appalachian Quilts

Last week was the anniversary of my paternal father's suicide.  It also would have been my step-dad's birthday.  It's always a tough week for me and especially my Momma.  When Pops was alive, I would always have to plan his birthday party as Momma just wasn't feeling it.  I never minded.  I'm usually pretty withdrawn, not in sadness but I get wrapped up in memories.  I was blessed to have a step-dad who loved me as much as, if not more than, any paternal father could  Today I again reflected on how happy he would ...

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June 25, 2020
Just Beet It! from Appalachian Quilts

Did you know....Packed with essential nutrients, beetroots are a great source of fiberfolate (vitamin B9), manganese, potassium, iron, and vitamin C. Beetroots and beetroot juice have been associated with numerous health benefits, including improved blood flow, lower blood pressure, and increased exercise performance.  (This was taken from HealthOnline.)  They even contain moderate amounts of protein.

You know how there are foods that as a kid you just couldn't eat, and then as an adult you love them?  I have always loved pickled beets - even as a kid.  Growing beets is pretty much a given around here.  I ...

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June 22, 2020
Monday Morning Garden Stroll from Appalachian Quilts

We got a nice little rain last night, so there was no need to water the garden.  Today, I just got to stroll.  A garden, whether flower or vegetable, always looks beautiful after a nice rain.  

For Father's Day we had a cookout to celebrate the Hubs.  Three of the six kids were able to come over.  I am very passionate about birthdays, Mother's Day and Father's Day.  Hubs does so much for us and has done so much for us that it is pretty important to me to make sure that he knows how much we ...

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June 19, 2020
Sage, Oregano and Thyme! from Appalachian Quilts

Remember the song from the 70s....Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme??  We can't grow Rosemary here as a perennial, but I've got the rest.  I harvested some sage, oregano and thyme to dehydrate.


First up was the oregano.  My new strainer from Lehman's was awesome for this task.  After it has all been washed, you remove the leaves from the stem by sliding your fingernail reverse up the stem.  (It looks like there are brown spots in this pic and I don't know why.  You only harvest the clean leaves.)


Next up was the thyme.  Again ...

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June 14, 2020
Road Trip! from Appalachian Quilts

For about a month (maybe longer) I have been needing to go to Lehman's.  Something has always come up and I haven't gotten to go.  Yesterday Hubs loaded me up and off we went.  We took the back roads up and back for a nice peaceful day.  I guess I should put a bit in here about us....we enjoy quiet.  It's not that we don't enjoy people, it's just that when we go somewhere like Gatlinburg or Amish country, we aren't in to the touristy things.  Gatlinburg finds us on the artisan trail ...

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June 10, 2020
Almost Amish?? from Appalachian Quilts

I have some Amish friends in Berlin, Ohio.  When the kids were younger, we used to take a weekend and camp on their farm.  There were 3 farm ponds for them to play in and it was a great getaway for us.  Sometimes my sister and her 3 kids would go with us.  Sometimes my almost brother and his 3 kids would go with us.  Sometimes it was both.  (Alvin even asked us once when it was ALL of us if my almost brother was Mormon to have 3 wives and 9 kids.  LOL)  We were awakened in the mornings ...

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June 1, 2020
As Requested... from Appalachian Quilts

We try to take Sunday as a day of rest.  Grandpa & Granny never let us work in the garden on Sunday - especially planting.  They said "nothing good wood come of it".  So, we try not to.  It's hard for us.  Yesterday we kept talking about all the things we needed to do.  I knew we would fall into the trap of working, so I suggested we take a little drive.  I was antsy to get some work done and knew I didn't have the willpower to hold back.  I always feel that way after I have had a ...

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May 30, 2020
Grow Baby Grow! from Appalachian Quilts

Bear with me, I have a LOT of photos today, but the sun was shining during my little morning walk.

As I was pulling the pics off, these were still on from Monday.  Two of the grands came to see the baby bunnies - Stella and Luciano.  Visitation is done in the garage on a moving blanket to keep them from escaping and becoming wild bunnies.  LOL




This bed has Roma tomatoes, sunflowers in the middle, zinnias on the ends and basil coming up along the long sides.  You can barely see it, but it is purple basil.  It kind of ...

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May 26, 2020
Finally, the Moment I've Been Waiting For! from Appalachian Quilts

I was patient.  I waited.  I was chomping at the bit to get the garden planted.  I am, however, so glad I waited because of this crazy weather we have had.  I would like to start off by saying how thankful and grateful I am that Hubs built me all these raised beds.  Had he not, we wouldn't be planting until June!  Our yard is still like a wet sponge.  There are still ponds everywhere and we still can't even mow.  It stresses me out to see how tall the grass is....but I digress.

Flats of flowers ...

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May 24, 2020
ANOTHER New Addition to the Farm from Appalachian Quilts

I would be fibbing if I said we don't think about the grandkids when we consider adding new animals to the farm.  That is why I want some of these:


Thank you Google for the pic
These are called baby doll sheep.  While I do not have any yet....aren't they just the cutest?  The ones that are black and white look like a poodle.

Hubs came to me and wanted me to start looking locally for rabbits.  I had a traumatic experience harvesting rabbits with Princess Sassypants (aka Momma) when I was in high school.  I don ...

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May 16, 2020
High Tunnel Update from Appalachian Quilts

Every time I go out to the garden to take pics it starts raining.  Today was no different.  *sigh*  I went out to open up the high tunnel and it started pouring.  Camera in hand, I decided you would get pics of some of what was going on in there instead.


This is the little area of chives I am letting go to seed.  As you can see from the cuttings, we have been wearing these out!  Chive flowers are phenomenal in salad!  You can barely see the baby ones coming up beside them.  For whatever reason, the chipmunk loves ...

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May 4, 2020
Swarming from Appalachian Quilts

Friday night we got a call from Army Son.  There was a bee swarm by his pond.  He called to see if the Hubs wanted to try to come and get it.  It was nearly dusk so time was of the essence.  Of course Hubs wanted to give it a try.  We lost both of our swarms during a warm snap in January.  They packed their bags and left.

We rushed to pack up the beekeeping supplies and off he went.  Army Son has a run off culvert from his pond, and of course the swarm was on the tree ...

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April 26, 2020
Mini Farm Update from Appalachian Quilts

I apologize for not posting this week.  Between working and making masks, I've been running around like a crazy woman!

I ran out in the rain this morning and took a couple pics.  Friday evening I planted potatoes and moved some broccoli, cabbage and beets out into the garden.  We lost a few things in the high tunnel due to a freeze this week, but it's fine.  We will just plant again!  :)


When I went out to plant the potatoes there was a Killdeer just raising fits!  She wanted no part of me out there.  For those who ...

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April 8, 2020
We're Growing! from Appalachian Quilts

C'mon.....walk through the garden gate with me.  I'll show you what we have going on.  All the soil has been amended.  These raised beds are just waiting for Mother's Day.  Mother's Day is traditionally when I can start planting without danger of frost.


This first bed is our garlic.  We use a LOT of garlic.


The bottom left is my thyme that wintered over.  Across the top is my sage.  We use both for more than just cooking....


These are Puddin Pop's peas.  They are actually a little bigger than they look.  In the ...

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February 29, 2020
Oops! I did it again! from Appalachian Quilts

(Now I can't get that song out of my head!)

I told you I was going to need an intervention, but you didn't believe me.  The thing about being a gardener is you sit all winter and wish it was spring/summer.  You plan for all the things you will grow.  You plan for all the new things you have never tried.  You think about past successes and failures.  Then those seed catalogs start coming.  You envision your garden somewhat like this:


Of course, yours never quite makes it to this status.  (and if yours does, KUDOS!)  They ...

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February 27, 2020
Eggs-cuse Me! from Appalachian Quilts

Chickens slow down in the egg laying department during the winter.  This was the first year for us they completely stopped.  Some of our hens were getting older, so this fall we sent them to freezer camp.  (Actually, I canned them to keep them from being tough.)  We ran out of eggs.  Although we only had to purchase one dozen, I was none too happy about it.  Why are we feeding these freeloaders?


(Image taken from Google)

I have vowed that this won't happen again!  So, I decided once they started laying again I would dehydrate eggs.  I should ...

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