What a whirl wind spring can be. There’s always so much to do to get a new season off the ground and let’s not forget that revolving TO-DO list we all have with the carry overs from the previous season. This year has been particularly busy here at our little homestead. It’s a good thing I caught a case of Farmgirlitus .Contrary to other ailments that might keep a girl down for a few days, Farmgirlitus has the opposite effect. There’s no mistaking it once you are infected but here’s a list of some of the more common symptoms just in case you think you might have it too:
1) your mind will race with ideas for projects inside and out
2) you’ll have the urge to dig up huge sections of your yard and replace it with food and flowers.
3) your heart will race at the sight of backyard blueberry shrubs at your local nursury and vivid paint colors.
4) you have an insatiable desire to get up early on the weekends to go junk’n and haunt your favorite thrift stores.
5) you drag home anything and everything so you can repurpose it.
6) you buy your first goat/s
7) you get your first batch of chickens
8) you build a chicken coop
9) you build a greenhouse
10) you glam up your very own vintage trailer and hit the open road with Farmgirls on the Loose
11) you have a hard time falling asleep at night due to feeling just a tad over excited about EVERYTHING… but, once you do drift off you dream in happy colors.
12). you are having WAY MORE FUN compared to those who do not suffer from Farmgirlitus.
Symptoms WILL vary depending on the farmgirl: Add yours to the list at the bottom of this post!
Really and truly, the list for possible symptoms of Farmgirlitus is endless. So I’ll just go ahead and show you what’s been ailing me in all the right ways while you get your list of symptoms together!
Let’s start with Flowers shall we? I’m still that same flower- crazed farmgirl from last year and the pressure to get all of my annual seeds and cut flower bulbs planted before June 1st was on hot and heavy but I got r done! I planted zinnias, dahlia’s, gladiolus, snap peas, morning glories, sunflowers, straw flowers, money plant, tomatoes, chives, cucumbers, zucchini, rainbow Swiss chard, mixed lettuce, and lord knows what else! It’s a good feeling to have that done and to see things already popping up is so exciting!
Newly planted raised beds soaking up the sun.
We’ll be shoulder high in more blooms than we can shake a watering can at before we know it sisters!
My sweet mother in law standing near the zinnia beds late last summer.
New sunflower sprouts!
I made my own trellis for the snap peas with bamboo stakes and garden twine ( Jute ). I simply tied the strands horizontally from stake to stake leaving about 8 inches in-between rows. Then I tied vertical strand to the top and wrapped it around each string as I worked my way to the bottom, tying it to the last strand.
I guess I did it right cuz the peas like it!
Have you noticed how popular Violas ( pansies ) are this season?
They’ve been getting a lot of press in H and G magazines and for good reason. They have such pretty faces, come in a variety of colors and they will grow in part sun/shade with rich organic soil and moderate watering. ( They like to be damp, but not soaked )
I bought several 6 packs for my vintage chicken feeder that I turned into a container garden for my ” girls “!
These small feed holes just call out for a plug of pansies don’t they? Once I had them placed I covered them up with some homemade compost,
watered them well and set them out by the chicken run so the girls can enjoy them.
Max likes them too.
As if playing in the dirt isn’t enough to treat my farmgirlitus, I’ve been dippin’ in the paint can again too! Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to be exact! Remember way back in another post when I said I was gonna paint that china cabinet for my booth Burlap and Bling? Well, I got that done TOO! I know some of you have seen this already on my blog and Facebook so please pardon what might seem to be excessive ” farmgirl braggin” .
Here’s my blurry, blecky basement before pic:
Allow me to introduce you to the NEW AND RE-LOVED Miss Duck Egg~
Wait for it…..
She’s showing a little leg…
Here she is with her door off… Woops! Well, um, I wanted you to see how purty she is on the inside…
As you can see, there is no cure for farmgirlitus. And even if there were a cure, I wouldn’t go with in 10 feet of it! However, it CAN be treated with a few simple steps.
If you feel a spark of inspiration, light it, if it makes you happy, do it. If there’s something you want to try, try it.
You’ll know the ” cure ” is working if you fall in to bed at night exhausted, tired and sore, but happy. Rest assured your farmgirlitus is under control!
Until our next shoreline visit~ Happy Farmgirl’n
Sister Deb # 1199
P.S. I’ve started a new group on Facebook for folks who love all things vintage, time worn and re-loved! Here’s the link… https://www.facebook.com/groups/163920227118135
Come share and join the fun!