Spring is finally here!
After the crazy winter we had I for one am happy that Spring is finally here.
Growing season is upon us now that the last frost date was yesterday here in zone 7.
What do you plan on growing this year?
Anything new that you haven't ever grown before?
All of our growing areas are ready to go and some spots have already been seeded. We still need to transplant tomatoes, peppers and squash yet. Some of the seedlings are still in the house and need to be hardened off before going outside for good.
I'm excited to hear about what everyone is doing or planting!
Happy gardening everyone!
Wow what a crazy winter!
Did anyone else have crazy weather like we had over the winter?
The storms rolled in at least 2 times a week so it stuck around way longer than it normally would.
Three different times I measured 9 inches of snow on top of my car. This is the most snow northern Arizona has seen in a few decades. Plus I-40 was closed more then I can ever remember.
What a blessing to have that much moisture! Hopefully it will help come gardening season.
Our farm products are now being sold at Zettlers Route 66 Store in Ash Fork, AZ
Stop by Zettlers Route 66 Store 242 Lewis Ave Ash Fork, AZ and pick up some of our yummy goodies Friday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
We have a variety of homemade baked goods, homemade jams, bbq dry rubs, spices, candied walnuts, spicy pistachios, plants and seedlings plus gift baskets created by me. (I also do special orders)
My friends also have homemade soaps, candles, wax melts, handmade girls hair bows, handmade aprons, handmade jewelry, seed starter kits, crocheted clothes, ceramic mugs/bowls/vases and homemade dog treats.
Plus eggs from chickens and ducks in the Ash Fork area.
The store itself has lots of cool stuff to see too.
Crazy Kitchen Chaos
After picking everything to save it all from freezing I’m dealing with some crazy kitchen chaos. Our table is filled with pumpkins, watermelon, tomatoes, peppers and tiny cantaloupe. The kitchen counter also has tomatoes, onions and jars with seeds fermenting.
Slowly the chaos is calming day by day since I’m finding places for the store the bounty until I can do something with it.
I’ll share more as I process everything. Thank you all for stopping by.
Unfortunately it’s that time of year where the temperatures can swing from freezing to 70 degrees in a few hours. We have been working on the gardens picking anything that will freeze overnight.
Yesterday I was able to pick over 50 lbs of Roma and Round (cherry) tomatoes from the lower garden area. The pepper plants and marigolds were dug up and relocated to the pallet raised beds in hopes of extending the season for them.
Vegetables like carrots, turnips and peas we won’t do anything with just leaving them in the ground.
The best growing season yet!
Monsoon 2022 has blessed us with lots of rain this year and we haven’t had to water in over 2 weeks now. Of course the bark, cardboard and straw has helped hold moisture in the soil.
We’ve harvested some tomatoes and a few hot peppers so far but as you can see from the pictures there lots of things growing (in the lower garden area).
The upper garden area still seems to be behind but is still doing well, we are hoping for a good harvest from up there before the weather changes.
Blessings to you all!
You can still plant crops now for a fall garden. Cool weather crops such as
Did you know that some crops can be grown in 60 days or before the weather turns cold such as-
Herbs can be grown in pots and taken inside during the winter. Having fresh herbs during the cold months are wonderful especially during the holidays.
If you don’t have a place to garden start with 1 or 2 pots and grow something. A sunny window is a great location.
Happy Fall Gardening!
Are you looking forward to fresh vegetables and herbs? Within 2 weeks we should have tomatoes, hot peppers, fresh mint, chives. Things we are growing that aren't quite ready are baby watermelon, Rosemary, Sage, Peas, Cucumbers and Bell Peppers.
These items when available (and more) can be purchased every Sunday in the parking lot of Family Dollar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ash Fork, AZ. Weather permitting.
Gotta Love Pollinators
While in the upper garden area I was able to capture a moth pollinating our cucumber plant. It doesn’t happen very often being able to get video of this process but I’m grateful. https://youtube.com/shorts/TdzARC4OAak?feature=share
We have goodies…
Do you have a sweet tooth? Need something for breakfast or a snack? Luckily I have lots of goodies you can choose from.
A wide variety baked goods from individual brownies, cookies and breads to full loaves of both quick and yeast breads. Also cinnamon rolls, coffee cakes and kolaches.
All items are made from scratch without preservatives. Only real butter is used and the eggs are provided by our chickens and ducks. Packaging is kept to a minimum as not to add more to a landfill.
You can find these goodies on Sunday in Ash Fork, AZ in the Family Dollar parking lot 8 am to 2 pm. (Weather permitting). Look for the blue canopy.
They can also be purchased as a special order directly from me. All special orders require payment in advance.
Only sold in Arizona and can be shipped anywhere in the state.
Thank you for being here we appreciate all of you.
Hello I'm Michele & I'm the matriarch of the Leverone Family Farm. I'm a wife, a mother of 2 grown/married sons and have 5 adorable grand kids.