Everything is Growing - the Baby, the Vegetables, and the Weeds!
This last week has been a very busy one for us. It's been our new little daughter's first week of life outside the womb with all the adjustments she's had to make, family visiting, and a lot of work in the garden. But it's been a wonderful week, and we're enjoying life!
This is quite an interesting life out her, but I think I like it! ~ Elise
Grandpa Hoffman holds his new grand-daughter for the first time.
We've had some trouble getting her to feed properly, so she's been getting her Mommy's milk through a tube, while learning how to suck. Currently, she's doing a lot better, and we rarely need to use this method of feeding.
Those weed's got to go!
It's amazing how many weeds grow in this garden!
So why do weeds grow again? Because man has sinned against his Creator - Jesus Christ. Even though the ground, to some degree, will always grow weeds, there is hope for our eternal souls if we believe on Jesus Christ to save us from our sin (Genesis 3:17-19, John 3:16-17).
The clover in the paths, between the beds needs mowed regularly.
But now it's time to take a break for some water and lunch.
Nothing like water on a hot day!
These onions (left photo) are ones that are going to be left grow until the plant dies and they are harvested as dry, storage bulbs. The little plants in the right photo butternut squash, and they're doing very well.
So far, the tomato plants are growing beautifully.
They're already blooming and have small, green tomatoes on them. It'll still be at least a month, though, until there are any ripe ones.
Purple beans have got their place up on the hill where they've got a good view of the garden.
But, I need to be done now with this post because I've got other responsibilities - such as going to the garden and working to provide for our new little one and reliving Mommy from time to time holding her. So that's all for now.
Our farm is located in historic, scenic Lancaster County – one of the most fertile counties in the United States. We have been operating on a full-time basis since spring of 2008. From the beginning, we've been dedicated to never using chemical sprays or fertilizers, choosing rather to follow all-natural (organic) methods of growing our produce and beef. This not only means avoiding the use of chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, but it means we also look for ways to manage and nourish the soil and plants so that the food we produce is much more nutritious and healthy. Although natural management is more time consuming and work intensive we believe that it is far better in the long run for everyone – the consumer, farmer, animals, and environment.