Welcome to the Friday Farm Fix, a new series on Farmgirl Fare where I share a random sampling of what's been happening around the farm during the past week. Just joining us? You'll find all the Friday Farm Fix posts here.
Lots more photos below. . .
Chinese sumac (also called Tree of Heaven, or as we refer to it, Tree of Hell) is taking over parts of the farm. It's fast growing, spreads like crazy, isn't good for anything, and is pretty much impossible to kill. It also smells weird. Over the past few years it's grown so tall and thick along this fence line that it blocked out the sun from half my kitchen garden and started shading the laundry line for much of the day.
Dividing chives and re-planting them along with some purchased seedlings. As always, I used my trusty EZ-Digger (also called a Korean hand plow), my favorite garden tool for the past 17 years. I use it for planting, digging, harvesting, weeding—everything! You'll find more about growing chives and my easy herbed yogurt cheese recipe here.
Four King Arthur and four Orange Sun Bell sweet pepper plants (purchased) are in the ground, along with two sweet basil plants and an Italian parsley border. Six purchased tomato seedlings are in the adjacent 4'x8' raised bed—the earliest I've planted tomatoes in years.
You'll find my tips for planting and growing sweet peppers here. And my favorite varieties of heirloom tomatoes to grow are here.
We'll hopefully be eating lots of beautiful lettuce soon. This is the Rocky Top mix from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Learn how to grow your own gourmet lettuce from seed here. It's easier than you think!
Wishing you a beautiful green weekend!
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© FarmgirlFare.com, enjoying the cloudy day, hoping for some much needed rain, and getting ready to pull out the Dutch oven and fix some easy slow roasted lamb shanks for dinner. Time to cozy up with some Friday night comfort food. Now if only I'd had a chance to make that apple streusel pie I've been promising Joe. . .