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The Roots of my life go back as far as my Great Grandfather.  Gardening is a gene that has been passed down in my family from generation to generation.  It serves as a metaphor for life.  Deep strong roots keep you firmly grounded in tradition, passion and happiness!

For years, I have served as a helpful role to those seeking inspiration, help, or advice. In 2020,  I finally decided to own that role and be intentional about it. I started writing about my passions, my thoughts, and curious wonderings about our society. I founded A farm girls life! with a mission to give others a taste of what goes on in my mind, and it has been a wild success ever since.

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Shopping For Plants!

Updated: Jan 6

My first haul from Walmart

It was late afternoon before we finally got to go plant shopping. So, we ended up going to Walmart. I was pleasantly surprised at their variety and yes, I found Proven Winners Supertunias! Yeah!

I also found beautiful Begonias and Delphinium!

So, when we got home, I got started right away! We have a flower bed in the middle of our circle drive. I had to clean it out before I could plant. It really is another form of creating with color. Like painting a picture, but with plants!

Today after church, which was awesome by the way, we went by Lowes. I thought I made good and wise choices considering all there was to choose from. I picked up some Fox Glove which is new for me. I finally found my Bubble Gum Supertunias, but I had to buy them mixed in a planter with other flowers. I will probably take it apart and replant them! I can't wait to get started in the morning! Here is the rest of my haul from today!

I just can't decide which bed to plant next!

I give all the credit for this great love of gardening to my Mother, who is in Heaven, playing in Jesus's garden! Don't you bet the the flowers there are gorgeous! Anyway, she learned from her Mother and so on. It is our family legacy! I have plants in my garden that came from my Grandma's garden and some that came from my Mom's garden! I even have a rose bush that has been passed down from my Great Grandpa!

Yes, the gardening gene doesn't discriminate between male and female in our family. I have a Great Aunt that hybridized Bearded Iris and cousins that hybridize roses 🌹!

Geraniums to pot up tomorrow!

Have you noticed that I like eye popping color? That may not be everyone's choice but it's mine. My Mother really liked her pastels. I think pink was her favorite color. I like pink too! As a matter of fact, I have a whole bed devoted to shades of pink and purple. When you come into my driveway I want the colors to draw your eye! That's why I prefer the reds, yellows and deep purples! I don't think that will ever change!

This year I bought these beautiful dark red wave petunias for my front beds.

So do I have any gardening tips to pass on? Mostly, keep your plants well-watered before and after planting. Be sure to recharge your pots or beds with fertilizer. I prefer organic but I also have access to a lot of composted manure. I have used both chemical and organic. This year I'm choosing organic because our friends, the bees, are having a rough time of it. They need all the help we can give them and they are so important to our food supply. Ideally, if you have good, we'll fertilized soil, you should have healthy plants. If your plants are healthy, they should be able to handle a little bug damage or a little disease and be able to continue to grow and be healthy!

Oh, and I like to water with sweat hoses. That way the moisture stays on the ground, next to the roots where it should be. Less evaporation, less waste, and better for the plants! Well that's it for now! I will get back to you tomorrow and show you my progress!

Talk to you latter! Tricia Peelen aka Farm Girl

Bearded Iris in bloom! I think they smell like candy! So sweet!

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