Tuesday, June 28, 2011


We're looking forward to these beauties ripenin' on up!

In addition to cantaloupes & watermelons, we also have honeydew melons & crenshaw melons...YUM!

Plastic & Drip Irrigation = Few Weeds & Productive Plants

Most people lay this plastic down with a tractor, but the old fashion way works just fine too.  First, put down compost, fertilizer, and/or lime...till that in.  Then, run your drip irrigation, cut it & hook it in.  Then, roll out the plastic.  Dig a trench, bury the edges of the plastic...and repeat for 9 rows of 150 feet.  Each row takes a minimum of 2 hours, 2 people...good times ;)

Recognize that flower??  It's a carnation, getting ready to burst into bloom :)

Smithfield Farmer's Market - every Saturday 9 to Noon

Monday, June 20, 2011

Last Day of Spring!

Peppers, Watermelon, Corn, Squash, Cantaloupe

The cattails are growing, so are the tadpoles

Sweet Potato Vine - my all time fav

Green Tomatoes - some are starting to turn

Sunflowers - from last Winter's bird seed

Rambling Red Stripe Tomatoes

Born & raised in good ole' VA

Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes - Doesn't get any sweeter than this!

White Eggplant

We've got some really tasty produce coming into production.  Check us out at the Smithfield Farmer's Market, every Saturday, 9-Noon or via the internet at  http://coastalfarms.luluslocalfood.com/

Monday, June 13, 2011


These Sun Gold Cherry Tomatoes are SWEET!  These beauties are ripe when orange and they are delicious!

Cut flower time!  We have Gladiolus, Snapdragons, Sunflowers, Zinnia, Calendula, Dalia, and Black Eyed Susan flowers growing in our yard.  Fresh flowers always brighten your day!

Peppers are in!  We're growing banana peppers, green/red bell peppers, and jalapenos.

Our eggs are selling out so quickly that we're looking to increase our number of hens.  Our ladies may have some new friends soon!

Check out these swanky new t-shirts we got to match our yellow squash :)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's PRODUCE Time!

During the month of May, we've harvested banana peppers, beets, broccoli, cucmbers, green bell peppers, lettuce, raddishes, swiss chard, yellow squash, and zucchini.  We are looking forward to soon harvesting our sun gold cherry tomatoes - can't wait!

The heat made it so we had to harvest all of our broccoli all within about a week.  We sold most of it, but saved some to freeze.  That'll be delcious for the months to come.  We'll plant some more in the fall, once it cools off.

Everything tastes better with a little fresh basil chopped up in it!  We sold out of our basil we took to the farmer's market last week, but we'll just stepped up some into quart pots, and they're really taking off now.  As soon as that root ball forms, we'll have more for sale.

My personal favorite of our garden by far is the zucchini!  We like to pick it when it's still pretty small, and the flavor is just amazing, especially on the grill!

We've got cucumbers planted on three different trellises in the yard, and they really booming into production now.  We have two different varieties - Dasher II, which is a delicious slicing cucumber & National Pickling Cucumbers, which are smaller and better suited for making pickles. 

We're looking forward to even more production from our garden.