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We have been so busy on the farm the past few months that time has been flying by. We can’t believe it is already the second week of June. Well, we know we are undoubtedly behind in updating you all on what has been happening on the farm…so here we go!

Larry and Richard, completed the deer fence around the entire 16.5 acres. This took three solid weeks and did set us behind a bit with planting. However, it is definitely keeping the deer out and protecting the little plants.

We have been working hard planting strawberry plants….what seems like forever! We have planted a total of 1500 with about 600 to go. The best part is that we had some old friends stop by to help with the planting. Matt and Larry go back over twenty years and Jeremy close to that. One of the premier parts about relocating to Southern Indiana is the fellowship we are having with friends and family. We know life is busy. We are so grateful that our friends and families have taken time out if their busy lives to spent time with us on the farm. Your help has been priceless.

Michelle (Mikey's) mom watering on left and Jeremy, Trish and Matt on the right

Michelle (Mikey’s) mom and Big Larry on left and Jeremy, Trish and Matt on the right after planting hundreds of strawberry plants.

We have now transplanted all of the zucchini, summer squash, melons, cucumbers and winter squash in the field. These plants were started in April with the help of both of our moms and Janet our close friend from SD, and have been living in a small greenhouse…as you can imagine they were so happy to go into the ground.

Larry and the Winter Squash

Larry and the Winter Squash

Larry has also direct seeded carrots, beets, turnips and radishes, salad mix, spinach…with much more planned for the weeks to come.

There are also many more plants growing in the greenhouse that are ready for transplanting now…cabbage, kale, broccoli, head lettuce, chard, collards, peppers, purslane, herbs, kohlrabi , cauliflower…to name a few.

Samantha Head Lettuce

Samantha Head Lettuce

Purslane Babies

Purslane Babies

A 30 X 50 ft greenhouse was delivered last week for Larry and I to assemble that was an anonymous donation. Construction started on Friday and today we had help from Larry’s mom, Dalton his nephew and Kim, a good friend of the family.  As soon as that is finished we will be planting the 1200 + heirloom tomato plants that have been living in our house for months. Praise God!

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We are so thankful for this beautiful farm that the Lord has given to us to be stewards of. Here are a few pictures of some of the fun times we have been having on the farm. My nephews Lucus and Nico playing in the dirt, our friendly turtle friend, some killdeer eggs and the latest picture of the green house construction. If you are any where near the farm, please stop by any time. We would love to show you all the exciting things that are happening here at Eastward Gardens!

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Thank you all for your love and support! Until next time…

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