Life and the Farmette

Despite what you might think – the farmette is very much alive and well and growing by leaps and bounds!  It has been a very busy and productive spring – whether it was spent celebrating the future weddings of two young ladies very dear to me with beautiful showers or my daughter’s Master’s degree and the celebration thereafter or anticipating and participating in preparing for the opening of my son Ryan and his partner Nicole’s restaurant in Florida – the dirt might have come second but as you will notice – life at the farmette went on!

Jersey Gina's Farmette circa 2013.  Give me a month......

This is where I left off……

We finally made friends!

Then I got busy!

Worked it in to the soil...

Worked it in to the soil…

I think I got it re-organized.

I think I got it re-organized.

Some new additions utilizing extra stakes left from my neighbor last year - waste nothing!

Some new additions utilizing extra stakes left from my neighbor last year – waste nothing!

The first occupants!

The first occupants!

After I planted these limas, I was wondering why they never came up??!!?  Then I moved a plank and lo and behold - a private stash vole-style!  Not to worry - I replanted them all in pots at home and them moved 'em back all grown up!

After I planted these limas, I was wondering why they never came up??!!? Then I moved a plank and lo and behold – a private stash vole-style! Not to worry – I replanted them all in pots at home and them moved ‘em back all grown up!

Red onion sets I found under a bunch of stakes which i promptly re-planted - take that voles!

Red onion sets I found under a bunch of stakes which I promptly re-planted – take that voles!

The peas that never came up because they were under another plank!

The peas that never came up because they were under another plank!  So, no peas for me :(

The lettuce patch all grown up!

The lettuce patch all grown up!  With some radish neighbors!

The corn is as high as an elephant's toe!

The corn is as high as an elephant’s toe!

No one would turn up their nose at my iceberg lettuce!

No one would turn up their nose at my iceberg lettuce!

Farmette raise spinach...

Farmette raised spinach…

Back porch/earthbox grown spinach...

Back porch/earthbox grown spinach…

That is not a demitasse spoon - that is a big-ass leaf of "earthbox" spinach!  It's all about the fertilizer I guess!

That is not a demitasse spoon – that is a big-ass leaf of “earthbox” spinach! It’s all about the fertilizer I guess!  Yes – it was fabulous!

I was very excited to grow fava beans since they are my favorite fresh bean!

I was very excited to grow fava beans since they are my favorite fresh bean!

They are looking great!  Nice and big!

They are looking great! Nice and big!

But not nearly big enough!  Favas need to be blanched and peeled after you shell them and these little darlings were barely a speck after all was said and done!  Lesson learned!

But not nearly big enough! Favas need to be blanched and peeled after you shell them and these little darlings were barely a speck after all was said and done! Lesson learned!

So there you have it – actually part of it.   Got plenty of more where that came from!  Don’t want to wear out my welcome all at once!  Glad to be back and happy farming to all!!!

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2 thoughts on “Life and the Farmette

  1. It all looks wonderful, it looks like your “life distractions” didn’t phase you at all. I’d love to go with you and get my hands dirty!!!

  2. I’m so impressed with you and your garden. I want to join Jamie and you sometime when you need assistance. I’m a professional weeder!

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