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Farm Name: Highview Hill MicroFarm

Year Farm Established: 2009

Location: Norwood, MA

Years I’ve been farming: 4 years

Crops I grow: cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, loofah, landscape plants

Hobbies I enjoy: crochet, knitting, reading, gardening, pets

The proudest moment on my farm: When I built my first raised beds out of waterbeds.

Pets: One shih tzu named Rosie and a senile cat named Meowzer now both departed. New pet is Sophie the Cavashon! Hopefully will be a chipmunk hunter!

Farm Motto: There's always room to GROW!


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  Ohhhhh Pickles!
Years ago the mother of one of my co-workers gave me a few jars of goods she had canned from her garden, one of which was pickled watermelon rind. I had never heard of such a thing and though hesitant, I gave them a try. It was summer in a jar! "I am going to learn to make these!" I declared. Thus my interest in growing food and learning to can was born.
Well here it is many years later, my work schedule and crazy life and lack of organization have combined to make it a long and slowly expanding process of learning and growing on many levels. Last summer I made pickles for the first time and botched them, so in my typical fashion I put canning aside til I felt like trying again.
In the latest issue of Hobby Farm Homes I found the recipe for pickled watermelon rinds, which reminded me of why I wanted to can in the first place, and I just had a cookout where I was gifted with a lovely watermelon that was barely touched. It is time to try again!
Today I carved it up, peeled the rind, ran out and got pickling lime (which was not at my local grocery store but WAS at Walmart) and if all goes well, this winter I will be tasting summer and remembering a fun cookout. I will certainly gift the giver of the watermelon with a jar too!
Check back to see how it all turned out.

Come visit me, Highview Hill MicroFarm.

07/08/2012 06:00.41 PM Report This Comment  
  Lettuce, Pray!
Lettuce has usually not worked out for me. I have planted it on several occasions in several ways, starting with in my flower boxes and deck planters after seeing it on tv...didn't grow. I tried again when I put in my raised beds, just a little in the small box between them. Well...neighborhood cats used it as a litter box so what had sprouted I ripped out because...well, enough said I guess. This year I had packs of seeds, many different leftovers from previous years of all sorts, mostly lettuce because I'd given up. When our early spring hit in March I made rows in our raised beds and planted the lettuce and the peas. It took a long time to get to a point where it seemed big enough to pick, but lo and behold, I HAVE LETTUCE!!
Just four or five cute little rows with some little bunches of Boston or Butter lettuce, and I have picked some for sandwiches and to fill out supermarket salads...and for the first time EVER have enjoyed a lettuce harvest! Darn good stuff!
All those other seeds have been planted between the lettuce rows, I call it my pot luck garden...lots are coming up...I think not being fussy about planting this year is going to give me my best harvest yet.
I guess sometimes you need to let go and let God with the seeds...after all, they grew all over this earth before we started tending them!

Come visit me, Highview Hill MicroFarm.

06/13/2012 01:01.33 PM Report This Comment  
  Asparagus
Odd as it may seem, I only recently tried asparagus for the first time in my life. My mother never made it, and I never tried it because...well, it's weird looking. I somehow found some on my plate and loved it. I just planted some in my yard. I hope I did it right, they were supposed to be 2" under the soil, but I couldn't tell which end of the bulb/root thing in the bag was up! It wasn't illustrated but I think it was long roots with a cut off dead plant at the end. I laid them sideways, and did them a bit deeper. Hope they grow. Just planted a few to see what happens and I don't want to put too much into this place now that we plan to move to a bigger and better hobby farm in the next couple of years. I do want to experiment though with perennial veggies so that I can do a little perma-culture at the next place!

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05/12/2012 04:33.34 PM Report This Comment  
  Early Spring
When folks cry because the groundhog sees his shadow, I just laugh! I am from New England, 6 more weeks of winter IS and early spring for us. Last week we had temps in the 80's, and I took full advantage and got a good jump start on the yardwork. I also put in peas, and even though I never have much luck with it, tossed a bunch of packs of lettuce seeds in the garden just to see what would happen. I always before have tried to be fussy with them and plant them just so in one little box for lettuce...never works so I took all the seeds I had and scattered them. If they grow, great! Fresh greens for a couple of weeks, I will love it. If not, well at least I don't have all these packs of seeds lying around. I have hope since the weather turned back to more seasonally cool temperatures...and I love salad!

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03/29/2012 07:17.24 AM Report This Comment  
  Seed Catalogs
Wow...lots of seed catalogs this year, some I have never heard of before. I love looking at them, but I am not planning a big garden this year. We plan to put the house on the market in the spring and hope it will sell quickly so that we can buy a real hobby farm in Maine...with acreS instead of a partial acre! I have seeds left from last year and will plant them and hope for the best, maybe throw in a few tomato plants from the garden center and see what we get.
Herbs did well last year, lots of fresh basil in my salads over the summer, and oregano...mmmm.
We lost our micro-farm dog, Rosie, on September 11, 2010 and have recently added Sophie, a cavashon to the family. She will like being a farm dog in Maine, she hates taking walks down the street near traffic, loves the trails through our local reservations parks.
Happy New Year!

Come visit me, Highview Hill MicroFarm.

01/06/2012 12:08.38 PM Report This Comment  
  Peas
I have to say there is nothing better than fresh peas! Maybe next year that's all I'll grow...yeah right...until I see the seed catalogs and get greedy! LOL

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08/01/2011 05:49.19 AM Report This Comment  
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  Peas n Onions
Got peas sprouting like crazy!! Started some Sweet Spanish onions and they're beginning to sprout as well...herbs aplenty sprouting indoors and out. Strawberries in the topsy turvey are growing new leaves! Sadly...the new rosemary I planted last spring seems not to have survived the winter. Oh well...here's hoping the little blueberry bushes made it!

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04/27/2011 09:52.07 AM Report This Comment  
  Peas
Planted peas yesterday...first time for peas around here. Hope they do well. Favorite farm tool of the week...the pitchfork! Very handy for digging out clumps of grass that took root in my flower and herb beds.
Dumb mistake...took my gloves off "for a minute" and forgot to put them back on before stickin' my hands deep in the dirt...then stepped on them, in the dirt, where I dropped them when i took them off. Ruined another manicure! It's ok...sometimes you just gotta feel the dirt!

Come visit me, Highview Hill MicroFarm.

04/16/2011 10:29.28 AM Report This Comment  
  Building a Seed Condo
My first issue of HF mag was last March/April issue,or maybe it was HF Home, and in it were instructions for building a seed condo, what appears to be a shelving system on a simple A Frame...have all the supplies, they cost more than i expected, hopefully it will be an easy build and be worth the investment! I paid about $148 for everything, and i was fortunate enough to get the plywood at a discount from the culled wood bin at Home Depot and had them cut it to size there. Will post results when I get it built!

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03/10/2011 08:11.50 AM Report This Comment  
  New Venture
Starting a plant nursery this spring, will sell annuals, tomatoes, flowering shrubs, whatever i can grow and pot in time for plant season!

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01/18/2011 06:38.27 PM Report This Comment  
  jammie farming
You know you are a farmer when you take the dog out to do her business, and decide the beds are dry, so you get the hose out and water...then notice a tomato needs staking so you run to the shed and get the twine and take care of that, and flick off a few bugs from the plants...all in your nightgown and a pair of crocs!

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07/24/2010 12:08.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Hot Hot Hot
It's been so hot and dry, been watering like crazy...all the grass is crunchy but my peppers and tomatoes seem pretty happy!

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07/09/2010 07:55.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Thanks for all the compliments on my raised beds. My husband decided to use up some old paint and add color to them so now they're pink, yellow and purple! Here's one full of peppers, tomatoes and tomatillos.

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07/06/2010 06:47.06 PM Report This Comment  
  time management
It's really hard to blog about your micro farm when you are working 2 jobs and trying to fit in some time in the yard!
Basil has been added to the garden, and fat yellow marigolds, and soon so will canteloup that I have sitting in peat pots.

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06/15/2010 07:01.43 PM Report This Comment  
  Critters
I can't believe I have to spend money on Fox pee...who gets the foxes to pee in the cups? I hope they get paid well. I tried growing tomatillo this year, I have out of all my seedlings, ONE plant growing to a size that gives me hope that I might try one this summer!
Cucumbers are sprouting like mad! Learning to pickle this summer! So far, the loofah are looking not dead, not alive, undecided on whether they feel like growing...please loofah...read the motto...GROW!

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06/05/2010 09:29.12 AM Report This Comment  
  Raised Beds
Thanks. I think I will do a couple.

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06/03/2010 02:48.35 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome
I'd like to know more about the raised beds built out of waterbeds.

Come visit me, Red Oak Farm.

05/30/2010 07:28.53 AM Report This Comment  
  Welcome you look so green!
It will be wonderful to get out into the garden. We are at 8000 ft, had a frost last week. We also have elk coming in, it's been hard to keep them out.

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05/28/2010 06:47.11 PM Report This Comment  
  Loofah, Luffa,
No matter how you spell it, it's wilting in my yard. I started them indoors and read that they like heat, I put them out long after last frost against a fence as they had those creepers reaching for stuff to climb, they are looking wilty on the ground. Not happy about that, I have plans for those gourds...as gifts and sale items...
The good news is my cucumbers have all sprouted, it's a squirrel not a groundhog eating my peppers and tomatoes and I am going to find a way to get rid of him, not sure how yet but I tell you he'll be sorry he bit anything off of my plants. Then I'll replace them with other seedlings I have in reserve.

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05/28/2010 04:22.03 PM Report This Comment  
  Welcome
Way to recycle!

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05/27/2010 08:56.04 PM Report This Comment  
  Raised beds from water beds, that's inspired! :)

Come visit me, The urban farmette.

05/27/2010 05:06.56 PM Report This Comment  
  Nice looking raised beds!

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05/25/2010 06:03.34 AM Report This Comment  

 



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