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To Everything There is a Season…

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Life!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 King James Version (KJV)

 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

This is the time of year that is so exciting! Every thing starts to come to life after a long winter of dormancy. Flowers start to spring up and the grass starts to show its green colors again. God is the creator of life. In His original design death was never intended…then sin came and death ensued. But God has made a way of escape, just like the renewing of the buds on the trees we can have everlasting life if we chose His ways. This Spring has been a difficult time for us personally. Larry & I lost MeMa and PaPa, Larry’s mothers parents, within 4 weeks of each other. This experience, as death often does, has helped us to remember how delicate and precious life is.

There are so many object lessons in the garden. Each plant is an example of life, each plant needs light, oxygen, water and nutrients that are in the soil to live. God has made each plant to grow and to become living food for us to eat so that we can be alive and healthy.  We know that our plants would not grow without God’s watch care over them. There are so many things that threaten a plant and without God they would not survive. Just like with our own lives…there are so many things that threaten our well being. If we choose God’s ways He will lead us to life everlasting. We praise God for His divine ways and for giving us the strength we have needed over the past few weeks.

 

This is what we have been up to…We have started planting months earlier this year in hopes to have more produce available for our new market, NuLu Phoenix Hill, that is set to start May 19th. We basically turned our living room into a green house to have early starts. We are still in the process of building the early stars house and hope that we will have it ready for next year!

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We have radishes, turnips and arugula in the green house that are slowly coming along. This is the first time we have planted in the green house before transplanting the tomato plants. We planted in a way that will allow the tomato plants to go in even if we have not finished harvesting the earlier crops.

 

Grow!

 

We also have all the brassica family planted in the field. With all the snow melt and then heavy rains the ground has been very wet. Because we have to wait until the soil is dry to work the ground it has taken weeks to be able to transplant into the fields. Once the ground was dry enough we only had a short window of a few days to plant everything before rain was to start to fall again. Then it was predicted that we would have “severe thunder storms and possible hail storms.” We stayed up until midnight Wednesday night covering the plants, under the moon light that was beautiful, to protect them. When they are first transplanted they are very fragile and we could not take any chance of them being damaged.


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Larry & I are extremely excited about this year! The potting soil that Larry has developed is finally working well, the plants seem to be loving the veganic blend and are growing much better this year. We have a walk-in cooler and a wash station that will allow for easier harvesting and storing and we continue to amend and build the soil in the fields. This is our third season serving our Indiana and Kentucky communities and we can’t wait to see what this season is going to bring…we look forward in sharing in the harvest with you all.

Love,

Your farmers Larry & Michelle (Mikey)

 

 

 

 

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Spring in Indiana

This has been an amazing year for us…a new home, a new farm, and living in a new state. We moved to Southern Indiana in October, and we truly enjoyed the beautiful Fall colors on the property…Fall is my favorite season. However, Spring has been amazing because we did not know how many beautiful flowering trees we had on the property, as well as lilac bushes, iris flowers, tulips and much much more.

Planning for the season started as soon as we moved in and we are finally starting to implement the plans in the field. Richard and Janet, dear friends from South Dakota, have come to help us with the many tasks that we have set before us. Last week was the first time Larry spaded the field, with not a single rock in sight,  a huge change from South Dakota. We hope to be planting in the field next week.

Larry and Richard attaching the Spader!

Larry and Richard attaching the Spader!

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The starts greenhouse that our dear friends Matt and Deidre gave us is up and filled with starts…this is a wonderful feeling. Our first planting of the season is finally underway! PRAISE GOD! This year we are using a new growing medium that includes coco peat instead of peat moss. We have been very pleased with how light it is and how good it retains water. We are having to water less which is always a plus when you don’t have a lot of extra hands to help.

Starts Greenhouse

Starts Greenhouse

Some of the starts

Some of the starts

Growing up in Louisville, just 50 minutes south of us, was much different than our experience living in Southern Indiana in the country. I have fond memories of the city life but nothing compares to the beauty that I have seen this Spring. The abundance of flowering trees has a way on making you smile and I am so thankful that we are living in such a display of Gods creative hand.

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Swallowtail Butterfly on Lilac Bush

Eastern Red Bud Tree in Bloom

Eastern Red Bud Tree in Bloom

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Dogwood Tree

Dogwood Tree/Flower

Dogwood Tree/Flower

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Blood Root

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Iris

Iris

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Tree Blossom

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True Morel mushrooms found in our yard.

True Morel mushrooms found on our property.

Projects we are working on:

Building a wash station, building a refrigerator unit, building a greenhouse for the tomato plants and planting, planting and more planting.

We will be attending several farmers markets in Indiana and Louisville this season and we are so excited to share what we are doing with our local community. Larry and I are so thankful for the blessings that we have here at Eastward Gardens and we look forward to sharing in the harvest with you all.

 

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500 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 #certifiednaturallygrownThis is from this morning… We had the best ever flower sales at @rainbowblossomky farmers market today! I literally sold out of flowers by 12:15 and market starts at noon. What a blessing! Thank you fellow flower lovers!#eastwardgardens #iloveflowers #ilovedahlias #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #nofilterTime to transplant some lettuce! Thanking the Lord for a wonderful germination! #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #veganicFall harvest has begun and we are so thankful for all that God has provided! #eastwardgardens #cng  #certifiednaturallygrown #veganic #toeverythingthereisaseasonWow! Thank you God for creating such amazing colors! #nofilter #eastwardgardens #cng #certifiednaturallygrown #iloveflowersBest Farmers market ever! Thanks @rainbowblossomky for supporting local agriculture and thanks moms for all your help! We are so grateful for the harvest and for all of our loyal customers! To God be the glory! #eastwardgardens #certifiednaturallygrown #cng #veganic #farmersmarket #supportlocalagricultureOur biggest cherry tomato harvest to date....Showers of cherry tomato blessings at Eastward Gardens today! #certifiednaturallygrown #cng #eastwardgardens #veganic #sungold #blackcherry #pinkprincess #nofilter #ilovetomatoes