Thursday, February 23, 2012

FarmGirl Friday Blog Hop- #46

Welcome Friends!
Hello farmgirls and boys!  I hope this post finds you in the midst of a great and productive week.    We've been busy here on our little homestead.  Here's a quick run down of what's been going on this week...

berry fence construction
raspberry, boysenberry, and blackberry canes planted
blueberries planted (they do not self-pollinate well, so I planted two varieties)
3 varieties of strawberries planted in strawberry pots
3 varieties of seedless table grapes planted
onion bulbs planted 
3 varieties of potatoes planted
seedling trays prepped for seeding this weekend... and that's about it.

Here's a quick tip for growing bulb onions from the Weekend Gardener website:

Long-day vs. Short-day Onions
"When you are shopping for onion varieties to plant in your vegetable garden, you will often see them listed as either short-day onions or long-day onions. Which ones to grow depend upon where you live.

Most onion varieties begin to form a bulb when the temperature and the number of daylight hours reach certain levels. Varieties listed as short-day onions bulb up when the day length is between 12 and 14 hours. Long-day onions, on the other hand, begin to form a bulb when the day length is between 14 and 16 hours.

Northern gardeners should plant long-day onions. In the North, daylight length varies greatly as you get farther and father away from the equator. Winter days are very short, but summer days are long. Long-day onions will have a chance to produce lots of top growth (hence produce bigger bulbs) before the day length triggers bulbing. If short-day onions were grown in the North, the onions would bulb up too early and they would be small by comparison.

Southern gardeners should plant short-day onions. In the South, there is much less variation in day length between seasons than up North. If long-day onions were planted in the South, they may not experience enough day length to trigger the bulbing process."

This link HERE  will take you to their great site.  It's full of helpful garden information.  The site is written by gardeners, not industry professionals.

Now it's your turn to share.  Let's hear what YOU'VE been up to this week on your homestead...  Have a great weekend.

Here are the rules for the Farmgirl Friday blog hop! 
1.) Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals, quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!

2). Leave your entry in the Mr. Linky space to your Farmgirl Friday post.

3). Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!


  1. Thanks for hosting.....have a wonderful day:)

  2. Thanks for hosting! I love reading what everyone is up to -- so much inspiration!

  3. Thank you Deana for contributing such great recipes and crafts. I look forward to them each week.

  4. Thank you for participating too Diana. I have been following your salad table experiment and am really excited that it's working so well. Have a great week and thank you for your great contributions.

  5. I made another batch of fresh, organic chicken stock/cooked chicken last night in the slow cooker. It turned out fabulous. I remembered to put garlic in it this time, but I totally forgot the salt. No matter. It's still tasty good and full of crazy good healing properties for the tummy :) :) I've got some errands to run today, but I do plan on having a nice cup of DandyBlend when I get home :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  6. Hello Heather,
    Sounds like a plan. Stay cozy at the coast. It's a windy one today...

  7. I ended up NOT making DandyBlend. Instead, I made roasted dandelion root coffee. I linked up the post today :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)

  8. Thanks Heather,
    I have got to go read that post next. I am interested in how you make that.

  9. You have been busy! I haven't even gotten around to ordering seeds yet!

  10. Hi Manuela!
    It's been unseasonably warm here since January. That's why there's been so much activity going on. I live at 4000 ft. elevation so right now it should be freezing at night and high 40s during the day, but it's been mid 50s to low 60s during the day and freezing nights once a week only. It feels lucky, but I am sure I am going to be spoofed by a hard freeze soon... Have a great week and I look forward to reading about your seeds soon.