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Our lives via Instagram last week! 

August 10th-August 16th, 2015

These last few days in Washington have been flying by. We've been so busy preparing for our move that we haven't had a moments worth of spare time.

We're harvesting daily, and cleaning out a few raised beds before we leave. 

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the blackberries are in abundance! 

We found some beautiful spots to enjoy our evening walks. 

Flowers are all blooming in the fruit orchard. 

Tomatoes and peppers came on, and we managed to take cuttings from each of our plants to re-start once we get to our new home in Florida. 

We also took cuttings from other vines we had around the property. 

We took apart some of our large outdoor furniture and disassembled the hydroponic beds.  

We hosted a #FoodIsFree project to giveaway the produce we harvested from the gardens.

I got an AWESOME strawberry themed manicure. Too flippin' cute. 

Zucchini and other summer squash are coming on faster than we know what to do with them. BIG ONES at that! 

See ya next week! Should be an interesting one, we'll be hitting the road! 

How to Propagate Clematis & Other Vines By Taking Cuttings

Since we are moving shortly from the Seattle area to North West Florida, we were concerned about loosing all of our vining plants we had planted at our old homestead. We've spent hundreds and hundreds of dollars on plants in our gardens and at between $15-$25 per vining plant, we couldn't justify having to re-spend that again at our new homestead in Florida. 

Taking cuttings from your established vines like clematis, jasmine, honeysuckle, even kiwi vines is easy and rewarding. It also can save you quite a bit of money.  These plants aren't cheap, and propagating them can be. 

To start, all you need is a good clean pair of garden sheers, some potting soil, and a tray with a lid or dome on top to help act as a "greenhouse".

We started by making the cuts for our new plants. Find a well established vine and locate a node somewhere on older growth. You don't want to take the cutting from this years growth, sometimes they can dry out faster. Look for older wood, and locate a healthy node. 

Make your cutting as pictured above.  Cut about an inch away from either side of the node, and then snip one side of the leaves off. There should be only one remaining leaf off one side of the node.   

Plant the cutting with the wood laying down, with the one leaf pointing up and out of the soil.  

Keep the soil moist and the tray covered with your lid or plastic for a few days to help with the humidity. Once you feel like the cuttings are forming new roots you can remove the lid. 

You can also now go in an snip off part of the leaf. It only needs a small part of the leaf for a healthy propagation.  If the leaves are already small, we usually don't worry about this step. 

We're going to finish trimming down some of these leaves and then this tray will travel with us across country and to our new home. When we arrive, we'll plant each individual plant in it's own container and let it get established before we transplant them outdoors to their new home.  

You're looking at several hundreds of dollars worth of vines in this little tray now. Cool, huh?! 

Last Week Via Instagram! (In Case Ya Missed It!)

Our lives via Instagram last week! 

August 3rd-August 9th, 2015

Last week was NUTS ya'll! Pure chaos!  

We went to the local community gardens.

Not only did Farm Guy travel to our new home in Perdido Key for business and to hang out with my dad, our oldest Becca flew out to go see her Dad in Utah.  It was so hard having to say goodbye to them both the same day and it made for a very long and hectic day at the airport for little Noahh and I.  Noahh's highlight of the week was probably riding the train at the airport. She was thrilled. She probably would have enjoyed it if I would have let her ride it for hours, but let's face it...I was exhausted. 

We harvested a lot of fun things out of the summer gardens last week. Still have cabbages and cauliflowers doing well in the hydroponics and peppers and tomatoes are just beginning to come on! Yay!  I suspect a few eggplant harvests in the next week and of course all of our summer squash plants are over producing.  

We also harvested our first apple off of one of our new espaliered fruit trees last week and it was amazing. Delicious, picture perfect and completely organic.  Apple pie here we come! 

Becca's hermit crab, Cola,  found a new home in the garden and she is LOVING it. 

...and we found some really neat new places to hike! Yesterday we did a 6 mile jaunt through an old railway tunnel in complete darkness. Farm guy outfitted us with glow sticks, which the baby totally appreciated...

What to Plant for Fall. {Cool-Season Crops to Plant in Summer}

Fall will be here before we know it, and while most of us are excited about pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING, cooler days and plush comfy clothing and boots...we should also be getting excited for our fall gardens! 

That's right, growing food in your backyard garden doesn't stop with Spring and Summer plantings. Most avid gardeners prefer to grow crops year round. All it takes is an understanding of what crops do best during the cooler months or can handle slight frosts.  

Below is a list of our FAVORITE crops to grow for Fall.  

Basil: It can be grown year-round indoors or in frost-free climate. Basil also needs daytime temperatures over 70° F and nighttime temps over 50° F. Read more...

Beets: Beets are hardy and may be sown as soon as the ground can be worked. Beet seeds can germinate in cool soil, but they sprout best when soil temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. They should be planted directly in the garden one month before your last spring frost. For succession crop, plantings can be made every 2 weeks to mid-summer. Beets can become tough and stringy if grown in hot weather during droughts; ample water supply is essential to succulent roots. Read more...

Bush Beans: While summer temps are still around, start some bush beans. These are a "fast growing crop" and if you start them early in the fall you should be able to harvest them before your first frost. Plus, who doesn't love homegrown green beans for Thanksgiving? Read more...

Broccoli: In midsummer, start a crop of seedlings for August planting and late fall crop. Broccoli is hardier than cauliflower, and can withstand several frosts and still keep producing. Read more...

Brussels: Brussels sprouts are an annual cool season crop, hardy to frosts and light freezes. Read more...

Cabbage: Cabbage is an annual cool-season crop, hardy to frost and light freezes. A smaller cabbage head has better flavor and can stay in the field longer without splitting. Read more...

Cauliflower:  It is the most sensitive of the brassicas to frost. Cauliflower should not be transplanted outdoors until all danger of frost is past, unless covered. Read more...

Cilantro: If you're in a frost free period, and without extreme heat during the summer, you'll have no problem growing cilantro.  Basic rule of thumb is if you are in a mild climate, grow cilantro during the summer, and if you're in a tropical climate, stick to growing it during the dry and cooler season. Read more... 

Green Onion: Onions are a cool-season crop, hardy to frost and light freezes, although certain varieties are exceptions. They can be grown practically everywhere, and prefer a cool- season start. Onions are as hardy as they come. Frosts, freezing temperatures and snow will not kill them. They should have steadily moist soil and even growing weather to mature at a steady pace. Otherwise they bolt to seed or do not form good bulbs. High temperatures and low humidity are advantageous during bulbing and curing. Read more...

Kale: Kale can be planted pretty much anywhere in the United States where there's a cool fall growing season. It's a cool-season crop, hardy to frosts and light freezes. Kale's flavor is reported to improve and sweeten with frost. Read more...

Lettuce: Lettuce it is a cool-season vegetable, with an ideal temperature of 50-60 degrees. It does poorly in hot weather, and is tolerant to some frost and light freezes. Read more...

Mustard Greens: Mustard greens prefer cooler weather, so plant late in the summer for a fall harvest, or very early in spring before the summer heat sets in. Read more...

Peas: Peas are a cool season vegetable, and do best in a climate where there are two months of cool growing weather, either spring planting in the northern regions or fall planting in the warmer, southern regions. They are hardy to frost and light freezes. Read more...

Radishes: Radishes are a fast growing, cool-season crop that can be harvested in as little as twenty days. They will thrive in cool, moist soil. In cooler climates they can be planted in both the spring and fall. In warmer climates they should be grown over winter. Read more...

Spinach: Spinach can grow anywhere there is at least a month and a half of cool growing weather. Spinach is a cool-season crop, hardy to frosts and light freezes. Read more...

Turnips: Turnips like cooler weather - especially at night. Turnips have been known to survive temps as low as 25F.  Read more...

...and since we're talking about FALL... DON'T FORGET TO DROP YOUR GARLIC

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Last Week Via Instagram! (In Case Ya Missed It!)

Our lives via Instagram last week! 

July 26th-August 2nd, 2015
As you can tell we're harvesting some fun things in the gardens, and the hydroponic beds are doing amazingly well.  Everything is so lush and green, you wouldn't believe it!  The flowers are all blooming adding bright bursts of color throughout the property, and you might be able to tell from some of the pics that we've been trying to keep cool. With the temps reaching the mid 90's around here it's been nice and toasty so most evenings you'll find us in the pool or nearby the sprinklers! 

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