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Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
They always say you can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl. That's me,and now that I am back in the country I couldn't be happier! Thanks to God, we were able to move on to a 40 acre farm. Life on the farm is busy and we are always learning something new. My husband, Brett is the worlds best handyman. He was raised in town but I think that deep down he has always been a country boy. Together we are learning to raise cattle,chickens, and are even venturing into raising goats.We enjoy gardening and we are learning square foot gardening with the help of our mothers. We are striving towards self-sufficient living and hope to be there soon. Along with a passion for the outdoors and animals I also have a passion for photography. I have owned my photography business for about 13 years now. Nothing gives me more pleasure then to photograph a new baby or a couple getting married and beginning a new life together. I hope that you will join us as we learn new things and enjoy life on the farm.



They say that you can get 100 lbs of potatoes out of a 4 X 4 box if you do it right. Well we planted 4 of those boxes so if things go right I will be giving away potatoes lol. Of course with my big family we won't have too many to give away.
It is suppose to get down to 27 tomorrow so we will be busy covering everthing in hopes to save it. I sure wish this cold weather would go away so I can plant the rest of my vegetables!!


Well as promised I finally have some photos for you. Handy Man has been really working hard on this garden. I'm really excited about the irrigation system, no more standing around watering for hours at time. By time he is finished it will be set up on a timer and I won't have to do a thing besides try to keep with the weeds and harvest the wonderful food!


Wow, time has flown by and it is once again gardening season!!! With the weather in Oklahoma it has been hard to get too many plants going but we do have potatoes, carrots, spinach, onions and the list goes on lol. Not only is it gardening season but wedding season is in full bloom and I am busy, busy. That's a really good thing but I haven't had time to work on my own photos yet so I have no photos of the garden yet. We, well should I say my husband, Handy Man, has been busy putting in an irrigation system for the garden. He has also been busy building me some more boxes. Hopefully this year we will be able to finish them up then maybe just maybe next year I will be able to get my garden fence put up. Hopefully soon, very soon, I will get some photos up and show you all the wonderful work that Handy Man has done.


Harvest Time

Wow, it has only been a few weeks and things have really taken off. I am busy trying to keep up with weeds and Grandma has been super busy canning. We have already decided that we will be putting boxes in for our south garden this fall. The boxes have made things so much easier to keep up with and with this hot weather it holds the moister so much better.

Our corn has not faired well, the corn worms hit it and despite the fact that my brother Tim and I spent one whole morning pulling worms off the corn, they still managed to damage most of it. Hopefully in the fall we can get a good crop of corn.


Strawberry Bed

Last year we had strawberries, that is until the birds discovered them and then they would have them gone the minute they even started turning red. This year with the beds it was very easy to put something over them to protect them from the birds.

This is just a 4' X 4' box that Brett built. We purchased some garden fabric from Lowes and covered the boxes by putting a 2' frame on the box and attaching the fabric to frame.

As you can see we left both ends open for easy access to the strawberries. I think I am going to incorporate this in with my other beds so I can create small green houses. This will allow me to extend my growing time without a big expense. Each bed cost about $24.00 to build and to add the protection frame was about another $10.00 so all together my cost for each bed was approximately $34.00, which is not bad based on the price to order one like that.


I tried planting some bee balm this year and not a bit of it came up so I have been looking for bee balm all over this town. I even went to the herb fest last week to see if anyone had any and to my disbelief no one had any bee balm. Well, guess what!! Keathly Nursery & Landscape Co. in Ponca City has it!!! I'm heading there right now before anyone else gets it!!!

Well gardening season is upon us once again. This year we are attempting square foot gardening and so far I am loving it. Brett has been working hard on the boxes and I have been busy planting. This is just a few photos of our garden. We have gotten most of the boxes built and my wonderful husband even built a trellis for the cucumbers. My dad is even joining in on the fun.

My dad keeps us all laughing and we never get bored.

As you can see the girls enjoyed the much needed rain that we had. It took some work getting them cleaned off!
I love the trellis!! I have planted the cucumbers so now all we have to do is wait for everything to come up. We still have a lot of work to do but join us as we learn all about gardening. Of course we are really blessed to have two master gardeners in our family. I don't know what we would do without our two moms!

There is nothing better then the smell of lavander and chamomile flowers. When my life seems to be going to fast and I feel like I am never going to get everything finished, I've learned that all I have to do is take a few minutes and go out in the garden and just sit and take it all in and time seems to just stand still for a few minutes. No worries, no rushing, just sitting and smelling the flowers and enjoying what God has given us. It seems that little by little things fall into place around here. We started with nothing and now we have this little piece of heaven that we can enjoy. We have came a long way in just a few years,now all I have to do is remember to stop and smell the flowers and enjoy it some on the way.


Wow, things have grown so fast and we already have tomatoes! The boxes have really helped out with the watering and I am able to plant so much more with the square foot gardening. Still wished I could figure out a way to make the plants grow faster then the weeds though.

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