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May 5, 2021
Farm Life from Appalachian Quilts

 I posted this pic on Instagram from Saturday with the caption "I think his tractor's sexy".

There is just something about a Saturday here on our little farm.  Saturday is about us doing 'farmy' things together and working toward our goals.  Truth is - if I ask for something, he usually finds a way to make it happen for me.  I try to do the same for him.  When we take our little stroll in the brisk air of a Spring Saturday morning and figure things out it's like all of the planets align and the birds start singing ...

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April 23, 2021
Will It Ever Be Enough?? from Appalachian Quilts

 Help me understand why we have all these animals and I am still buying compost - that is the conversation I had with the Hubs.  He moved the compost 'bins' further away from the chicken barn and closer to the garden.  It does create a little more work when I clean out the barn, but I'm thinking I will eventually adjust.  (It's outside the garden fence, so he's not bound to the 'my garden, my rules' commandment.  LOL)  He did make it stronger by using the pallets and recently added the third bin for obvious reasons.  We had ...

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March 8, 2021
Don't Do It!!! from Appalachian Quilts

I'm in growing zone 6A.  Last year I felt like I was behind everyone else in my seed starting.  Scrolling through the local gardening groups posts and pics of their seedlings all ready to go made me feel somewhat lax in what I was getting done.  I lurked and watched as they all got their seedlings in the ground while mine sat in the high tunnel.  Then 2020 showed just how contrary she could be and sent us that late frost and the rains.  I lost my first round of pumpkins from flooding in an area that doesn't ...

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December 23, 2020
This is Going to be a Game Changer! from Appalachian Quilts

In early March every year, I head out to the high tunnel to start my seeds.  On more than one occasion, there has been snow or sleet falling from the sky dancing off the plastic as if Mother Nature is saying "let me in".  The bulbs are usually blooming and the whole row dances in the breeze while I am making dirt and planting seeds.  I enjoy the quiet solitude of it all.  If you are a gardener, you 'get it'....there's just something about the renewal of Spring.

The purpose of a high tunnel is to extend the ...

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November 11, 2020
Squeal!!! from Appalachian Quilts

Like a lot of homesteaders, Saturday is a 'get a bunch of work done' day for us.  The weather here was more like a late summer day with warm temps during the day and colder temps at night.  I got up early for a little garden clean-up.  Hubs started putting the finishing touches on the high tunnel.

When he took the plastic off the top to re-do the bracing, he also took the corrugated plastic off the doors.  He had to remove it to keep the windstorms that were coming from destroying the doors, but he also wanted to paint ...

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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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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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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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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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March 25, 2020
So, How Are YOU Doing?? from Appalachian Quilts

A month ago none of us would have known that we were going to be where we are today.  If you had known, what would YOU have done differently (besides stock up on toilet paper...LOL)?  How are you doing right now?  My prayer is that you are all doing well.  I have watched the sometimes funny social media memes depicting everything from how parents are handling new-to-them homeschooling to concerns about grocery shortages.  Would you have lived your life the same way?

I never knew how to 100% explain the rationale why Hubs and I live the way we ...

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January 24, 2020
Not Quite Ready for a 12-Step Program from Appalachian Quilts

...but I'm close!

I was more intentional this year when ordering seeds.  I save seeds.  I love to save seeds.  I haven't, however, been able to save all the varieties I want to save.  While shopping for seeds this year, I deliberately chose items I wanted to save seeds from.

These are just the flowers I ordered from Baker Creek.  I also ordered a few from Seed Savers and Bluestone Perennials.  A lot of these were chosen for pollinator attraction/feed as well as their defensive mechanisms against garden pests.

These are the herbs I ordered from Baker ...

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January 4, 2020
Getting Ready... from Appalachian Quilts

At the end of gardening season, the high tunnel always gets neglected.  My first 'excuse' is that is usually too hot in there to be able to stand it.  We got a shade cover this year, so I can't use that one.  My second excuse is that we are too busy with the garden.  The garden didn't do as well this year, so I can't use that one.  The third excuse is just pure laziness.  I stay busier than a one-armed paper hanger, so I can't use that one.  Seriously!  So, with more energy than sense ...

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