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Larry and I are super excited about the Spring plantings and wanted to give you an update about how things have been going! We can see improvements and it seems as if all of the mineral amending is working! We are moving in the right direction in so many ways this season. We will be at the NuLu Farmers Market this Tuesday which is about one month earlier than last year. If you are able to come by and say hello we will be there from 3-6pm every Tuesday this season.  Our CSA will be starting in a few weeks as well and we are thrilled to be offering a 20 week CSA  share this year! We also hope to be at the Rainbow Blossom framers market in the next few weeks…progress, progress, progress…

 

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Being a small family farm takes a lot of long hours and hard work. Larry continues to learn new ways to save time and be more efficient with his work. Ever heard of a Wobbler? This is a way to irrigate that is less labor intensive for Larry to move around the field. We typically use drip tape and will continue to use it on many of the crops like eggplants, peppers, melons, cucumbers, and squash. However, the Wobblers work great with the onions, the direct seeded beets, carrots, salad mix, radishes and turnips.

Wobblers in Action!

Wobblers in Action!

This is the first year we have ever used landscape fabric on the field. This allows for more heat for the crops that love heat like peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, melons, cucumbers and squash. More heat means bigger plants with more fruit. It also keeps the weeds at bay which is another huge helper for Larry and keeping up with all the other areas of the farm that need weeding.

Transplanting Peppers and Eggplant

Transplanting Peppers and Eggplant

 

I surprised Larry with a wheel hoe for our 10 year wedding anniversary which honestly has been one of  best purchases we have ever made. The efficiency is amazing! It now takes about 1/3 of the time to weed…the only question we have is why did we wait so long to add this to our cultivating repertoire.

Wheel Hoe!

Wheel Hoe!

Lastly, Larry encouraged me to finally get on the tracker and work the ground…thats right for the first time ever! This is also a big part of his plan in saving time on the farm. He is super excited to be able to say, Michelle can you go till while I …fill in the blank here….

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We continue to be amazed with all the support we have had in the past and that we have received this season. We recently received a donation that will help us to finish several large projects on the farm and continue to receive support from family and friends close to home and across the country. We can’t thank all of you enough for believing in our work here at Eastward Gardens. We look forward to the harvest and sharing it with you soon….

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So much to be thankful for and so many new happenings in 2017. We planted ~1,000 heirloom specialty daffodils bulbs and ~1,000 specialty ranunculus and anemones for the first time this fall, our market stand was 2 tents long with our best sales ever @rainbowblossomky, onions grew for the first time since we’ve been farming in Indiana (definitely a highlight and why this picture is in the center), this was our first year growing flowers and this experience brought Larry and I so much joy this season... dahlias, cosmos, zinnias, celosia... to name a few. Lastly pictures of our salad mix and sweet potatoes which continue to be some of our bestsellers and most popular items! Thank you to all of our family, friends, CSA members, farmers market customers, and restaurants. We are so excited to see what God has planned for Eastward Gardens in 2018.. to God be the glory! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #whywegrow #veganic #ilovefarming #iloveflowers #bestnine2017 #bestnine #2017bestnineThis is happening at Eastward Gardens today! We have several areas of the field that do not drain well and it affects the crops that we plant in those areas year after year. We have decided to put a tile drain in the field… This was a big decision! Our very kind Mennonite neighbors are helping us with the job... so thankful for the resources and so hopeful this will help the wet areas to dry faster. This is what farming in Indiana looks like. So much different than anywhere else we have ever farmed... we know and believe God put us here and we will work and give all that we have as we steward this land for Gods Devine purposes.  #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #whywegrow #veganic #stewards #stewardship #winterfarming #hoosierfarmer #noonesaiditwasgoingtobeeasyTurnips looking so amazing! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #whywegrow #nofilterFrench Breakfast beauties… Happy winter farming! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #whywegrow #veganic #winterfarming #winterharvest #frenchbreakfastradishWe are dreaming of smiling faces and happy hearts this coming spring when we bring ranuncules to market next year. God is so good to create such beauty for us to enjoy! #eastwardgardens #winterfarming #iloveflowers #iloveranunculus #italianranunculus #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #nofilterEarly-morning arugula harvest… It really doesn't get much better than this! Headed to @rainbowblossomky farmers market and so thankful for the beautiful harvest! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #whywegrow #veganic #ilovearugula #nofilter #buylocal #eatfresh500 Italian Ranunculus transplanted today! We are so excited! I know these beautiful flowers are going to bring many smiles and much joy to our farmers market customers this spring. These flowers are a precious reminder of God's sustaining power. #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #whywegrow #iloveflowers #iloveranunculus #italianranunculus #ranunculusOne of our goals her at Eastward Gardens is to provide our community with farm fresh greens all year round! Praise the Lord things are looking amazing in the greenhouse right now! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #whywegrow #ilovegreensWe planted 1,000 Narcissus bulbs this morning before farmers market... I am so thankful to be on the farm full time! It is a dream come true to work with Larry planting flower bulbs! We planted 500 Replete and 500 Petite Four. I can hardly wait for March! So thankful to God for all the blessings. #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #ilovenarcissus #repletedaffodils #petitfourdaffodils #iloveflowers #ilovefarmerlarry #whywegrowWe wait for these amazing WATERMELON RADISHES all season! So thankful for the harvest! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #ilovewatermelonradishesWe are super excited about this... these are Ranunculus corms after they have soaked for 4 hrs. They then go into a mixture of vermiculite and coconut coir that is moist for ~10 days. After 10 days they will have sprouted roots and then we will plant them. In March we will have beautiful Ranunculus to share with our community! So thankful to God for all the beautiful flowers He has created! P.S. These are Larry's favorite flowers! #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #eastwardgardens #veganic #iloveflowers #ranunculus #iloveranunculusWe harvested our first row of Murasaki sweet potatoes yesterday and they look AMAZING! This one large tote is ~1/4 of the way into one bed (100ft beds)...only 775 ft to go..and yes we are hand digging all of them 😅! We are going to have a lot of Murasaki sweet potatoes this year! They are by far our favorite here at Eastward Gardens and we are so grateful for the harvest...don't worry he will smile as soon as I cook some up for dinner😊. #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #ilovesweetpotatoes #marketgardening #heissmilingontheinsideFun and fast arugula harvest on a brisk October morning...so thankful for the weed free beds! Larry used tarps in this area before seeding which drastically cuts the weed pressure down. Thanks so much #bountifulblessingsfarm and #farmersfriendllc for all of your support!!! #eastwardgardens #quickcutgreensharvester #marketgardening #farmlife #smallscalefarming #tools #cng #veganic #certifiednaturallygrownOne of the perks of living the farm life... lots of roasted bell peppers for this winter! Praise God for the bounty! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #ilovepeppers #iloveroastedpeppersDid you know that every green pepper picked is an unripe pepper that will turn a color? At Eastward Gardens we never sell green peppers ... they are harder to digest and have not reached their fullest nutritional potential… Food for thought! So thankful for these beautiful red bells! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #nofilter #ilovepeppersThe flowers have been such a blessing this year! I love creating the bouquets for market and how unique each flower and each arrangement is... so fun! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #iloveflowers #ilovedahliasPicking peppers with Monty by my side....so thankful for the peppers this year! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #catsofinstagram #farmcatYesterday at NuLu @phoenixhillfarmersmarket ... so much to be thankful for! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #iloveflowers #ilovedahliasFor those of you who do not know I (Michelle AKA Mikey) am officially a full-time farmer! We have been working towards this for many years... DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE! See my new blog post at eastwardgardens.com. God is so good! #eastwardgardens #nofilter #veganic #certifiednaturallygrown #cngPerfection! #eastwardgardens #ilovedahlias #nofilter #cng #certifiednaturallygrown