Sanctuary Ridge Adventures in Farming

Rocky Top Update


Isn’t he the cutest little garden helper? This cutie was so excited to pick blackberries at the farm. When I asked if he wanted to help pick the veggies in the garden he said ,”This is the best day of my life.” Granted, he says that phrase often, but I thought it was absolutely precious! There’s nothing quite like the simple joy of a child!

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. We have been working very long days in the southern summer heat. The past 10 days have been absolutely, wonderfully exhausting! I’m happy to be back! It will take me weeks to share all that has transpired over the past two weeks!

The Rocky Top garden is coming along nicely! So far I have harvested basil, zucchini , yellow squash, cucumbers, dill and green beans. The corn, potatoes, tomatoes and peppers are well on their way too!

I planted this “new to me” plant called the cucamelon. As I was perusing Pinterest, I came across the cutest picture of a bowl full of cucamelons. After doing a little research on the plant, I decided to order some from Amazon. ( The plant itself is very dainty. (Photo of plant above). It just started blooming 3-4 days ago and tiny little melons are beginning to form. The fruit looks like a tiny watermelon but tastes like a cucumber. I can’t wait to see how these turn out. I love to make pickles and I think a jar full of these would be so fun!

I am happy to report that the fishing line fence and PVC gate are working great! The true test will be when the corn begins to get ripe. The variety of corn I planted may be too tempting for the deer. We are still seeing them around the property and now there are a couple of babies too. Bunnies are abundant and every evening they come out to play on the access road. I added a deterrent to keep the bunnies out of the garden. A little lime dust did the trick to keep them out of my green bean plants. They don’t seem to be interested in anything else so far.

One reason the wildlife may be giving my garden a break is all the wild blackberries. They are everywhere! There is no possible way I can pick them all. I put some away in the freezer and made a blackberry cobbler to celebrate Independence Day. It was delicious! I will share my grandmother’s family recipe next week so stay tuned for that little gem!

I’m excited to share some of my favorite recipes for fresh garden veggies over the next few weeks!

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