Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Visiting the Garden

Today I drove out to a friends house to buy some green beans, summer squash, zucchini, and new potatoes. I had not been out to her house before. She and her husband grow 4 acres of produce on their farm. They sell there at home and at the local Farmer's Market. They have 2 ponds that they use to irrigate the gardens using drip lines.

I really loved seeing the Purple Martins that live there in these great houses they provide for them. They come back year after year. They have 60 of these houses for the birds to live in! You can see some of the birds sitting there. The very top area is just for perching also. I remember when I was a kid we always had Purple Martin houses. They eat a lot of insects, so they are very desirable to have around, especially a garden area.

My friend and her husband were busy putting up more twine for the beans to run up. The amount of work is just amazing but it's a beautiful sight to see. I really enjoyed seeing their garden. I leave you with some more pictures from the gardens.


Blogger Jess said...

They have a pretty place, and I don't think I have ever seen a purple marlin...too bad you couldn't get a close up of them... Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week.

7:42 PM  
Blogger Sammy said...

What an incredible garden! It looks so lovely and peaceful there. And those bird feeders are something else. I'm glad you got a shot of all of them together like that!

Have a great week,

8:19 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

I guess Jessica doesn't remember, but a man here close to our apartment used to maintain purple martin houses in his garden every year, dozens of them in fact. I love them, and they can get pretty noisy as they're catching bugs on the wing and chattering around their houses.

Mr. Lamberson moved several years ago and took his martin houses with him so there aren't many around here now. I hear or see one occasionally and I love to hear their unique calls when they're flying searching for bugs.

Beautiful gardens! I wish I still was able to make a garden and had a place for one. I love to garden, both flowers and vegetables. Seeing those pictures makes me miss it so much!

Hope you're having a good week, Rachel. :o)

Love and hugs,


12:15 AM  
Blogger Granny Annie said...

That is what our ten acres should look like but it doesn't. Ouch, it makes my back hurt just to look at the work that went into those gardens. We do have a productive garden but it's not very decorative. Plus, it would be cruel for us to lure birds here with all the cats.

Thank you Rachel, as always, for sharing beautiful pictures and good experiences!

5:16 AM  
Blogger Ladyfromthewoods said...

Wow, what a garden!

I love to hear purple martins chattering and clicking to each other, almost like listening to dolphins, but I think I would get tired of it after a while. Luckily our neighbors have some so we get the benefits of occasional bug-eating visitors without having to maintain their gourd-homes! Sweet.

6:32 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

For some reason we don't seem to get purple martins in our yard. I am not sure why, but maybe if I'd stick some of these things up on a pole, I might even get them to come then. They make such a pretty a pretty sounding song bird (so I've heard). ~ jb///

11:21 AM  
Blogger Clara....in TN said...

What a lovely garden. Reminds me of days gone by. We used to spend day after day putting up string for our beans to climb on. I miss those days!!!

12:15 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

That really is pretty! It's obvious that they put a lot of work in their garden.
I hope you enjoyed your fresh produce!
We are flying to Omaha on Thursday evening. We decided not to drive after all. We fly from there to St. Louis on Sunday to spend a few days with Keith's family.
See you soon!!!!!!!!

6:18 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

I wish I had that much property - it looks gorgeous.

7:35 PM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


Your friends have a nice garden going there!

I would love to have some Martin gourd houses put up! We've talked about it but just never did it!

Hope you're doing well this week!


8:05 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Talk about buying fresh off the vine and/or out of the ground!
WONDERFUL! And such a lovely place...Oh I was so hoping to see a Purple Martin or two...I don't believe I've ever knowingly seen one. We don't have them here in Southern California, as far as I know....!

How FUN that you will see Jamie very soon, my dear Rachel...! I KNOW you will have such a great time with her! Wish I could be there, too!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Hi Rachel. This is a really nice garden, I hope you get to eat a lot from it.

10:35 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

It is a lot of work Rachel, but the rewards are great.....I bet the produce is wonderful too. Those bird feeders are an interesting shape. What good thinking to put them out by the garden.

Our church group is purchasing some produce today from a big farmer in Hempstead, Texas. We are getting tomatoes, cuecumbers,squash,bell peppers, cantalopes and the famous Hempstead seedless watermelons.

I'll have pictures early next week of our produce. I love fresh veggies.

4:51 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

There is nothing better than fresh vegetables right from the garden. I really miss not having a garden anymore but don't have a place for it. I love the farm and bird pictures.

5:43 AM  
Anonymous Linda in Erie said...

Wow, those are some bird houses. I bet the purple martins take care of most of the insects around the garden. They are pretty birds, too.

1:07 PM  
Blogger possum said...

Wow. What a garden. Makes my little patch seems so pitiful... but, we had yellow wax beans from my patch for supper tonight and peas last night... it feeds us. I know I will never win any awards for gardens unless they give them out for best weeds!

4:33 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Rachel, My Dear....
Thank You Soooo Much for your very dear sweet Bithday Wishes! AND, I jjst opened my mail from tpday, about 5 minutes ago....(A liitle late, huh? LOL...) And I thank you for your very dear 'snail mail' card, too....I wish you could have been here today, too!
It was a Great Day! And I had a wonderful time, as I think everyone else did, too!

By the way: When I said I would love to see a picture of the Purple Martins, I should have said...a CLOSER Picture of them....LOL!

12:27 AM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

What a treat to be in a garden like that! I love all the greenery and homegrown vegetables. It's a great place for birdwatching, too!

4:50 AM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

I love the Purple Martin Houses.
Bats eat lots of bugs also. A few bat houses around your home would be nice.

The garden is terrific. When I see what gardens should look like I realize what a bad gardener I am.

2:07 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Rachel dear...Thanks so much for your LOVELY Birthday Wishes and I am so glad you went over to Terri's....I was quite overwhelmed with her tribute! And I thabk you for sating it is all "true"..lol!
Well, I hope I can live up to all the praise, my dear...
When do you take off for The Hinterlands? I know you are looking forwarc to this!

9:18 PM  
Blogger Evey said...

We have a farm not too far from us that we like going to buy fresh fruit and veggies from. Best way to buy it in my opinion.

12:45 PM  

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