Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
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Popcorn

Well, tonight sets the first record of the season; it is 9:30pm and I just got in. It has been a very productive day and I feel good about the way things went. Dad worked on equipment most of the day and then came out to the field to give me a hand planting. I put in all of the ornamental corn, broom corn and popcorn. That took most of the day. I had to work down some ground, then lay out the plot. Nonetheless, it was a big task. I am looking forward to the popcorn this fall. We planted popcorn last year, but only for our own use. This year we planted popcorn with the intent of selling it in the winter. Last year's popcorn was awesome. 

Kim just finished making supper, so its time for me to eat. I hope you all have a great week! We will be planting more tomorrow. I will keep you up to date! God Bless!

 
 

Pooped Out and Popcorn!!

Today was a long day of meetings. I spent all day learning! I guess that was a good thing, but sometimes after being in meetings, one feels like they wasted a day. I am not sure how I feel yet?? I worked on a few seedling issues this afternoon and watered the ones that were in need. Tomorrow is another day of seeding and then building a second cold frame. It seems like spring is just around the corner and I am behind! I hope it all comes together and I am sure it will. My nephew, Andy will be coming out this weekend to help with with a few projects. As I have mentioned before, he is such good help. I wish I had several more just like him. I say that only knowing that I have several nieces and nephews that are very talented and gifted. By no means are they to be slighted. Everyone is gifted differently.

I also received a phone call today from my popcorn seed supplier. The seed is going to be shipped out soon. I guess there is no real hurry, as it will not be planted until the middle of May. This year we are expanding the popcorn production up so we can have popcorn this fall for sale. Keep watching for availability here online this fall. If it is anything like the popcorn we grew this year, it will be awesome. We will have both yellow, white and baby rice corn. Tonight I am going to take it easy and do a little reading. Hope you have a wonderful evening and we will catch you tomorrow. God Bless!

 
 

The Eyes Have It

Has anyone ever said to you, "Get your eyes examined!"? Usually they say it when something is very plain to see and you miss it. Well, I had this happen to me this past week. My mom told me I need my eyes examined. Not because, I missed something, but she noticed how I was struggling when I was reading. So today I went to get an eye exam. I am not really fond of the glaucoma test; when they puff a little air into your eye. Nonetheless, it is all part of the exam. The doctor told me my eyes were in good health other than some cataracts beginning to develop - another sign of getting older.  The appointment took most of the morning, so I was unable to post anything. Once I had lunch and got home, I was able to build the first of two cold frames. They are 48 inches square. This will give us extra room for hardening off our plants before they go into the field. I placed them on the cement near one of our buildings, facing south. I think it will work well. Tomorrow is a big day for seeding, so I am going to get some of the flats filled so I am ready to go. Hope you have a great afternoon and evening. More tomorrow!
 
 

Cold Frame

Twenty-eight degrees this morning in Illinois. It is supposed to warm up to forty-two this afternoon. Tomorrow it going to rain. I will be working on the cold frame today. I need to get it finished so I have a place to put the seedlings for hardening off. There is never a lull in activity around the Bountiful Blessings Farm. It seems like there is always something to do. And if there is nothing to do for the produce business, I can always cut wood for the wood stove. 

I am considering making two cold frames 48" by 48". This will give me ample space to place for our seedlings.  I wish they were done as time is getting short, but I think I can accomplish the task in one day. I will be using 2 inch material for the sides and then placing cement block around the base of the frame for support and added insulation. My dad suggested putting Styrofoam insulation between the wood and the block. This will make it even better. There will be a poly top on hinges to allow ventilation as a cover. The frames will be places in open sun on a cement platform near one of our buildings. The building will act as a windbreak and the cement will gather solar heat to somewhat stabilize the temperature in the frames at night. I have some heating coils to put in the bottom of the frame should I decide to make one a hot bed. I am not sure a hot bed would give us any gain but the cables are available if needed.

Last night I made a very tasty supper. I made one of my favorites, chicken and biscuits. What a great comfort food! Of course we had fresh frozen vegetables for last years crop to go along with the chicken! It made me yearn for the new season and the fresh vegetables right out of the field. Of to a new day!

 
 

The Miracle of New Life

Today is another exciting day of planning and prepartation for the upcoming season. I will be getting the seed room ready this week and finishing the cold frame and hotbed. On Wednesday and Thursday I will be spreading manure. I am so exicited to get back out in the field! It will be fun! Seed orders will be completed today and by next week sometime, I will be planting the first batch of tomatoes and peppers for the High Tunnel. What could be more fun than seeing the miracle of a seed sprouting forth new growth and life! It is still amazing to me that so many Bountiful Blessings come from a small little seed. WOW! At Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce, we pray you too, will see the miracle of life this spring as God unwraps another wonderful gift to us in nature.
 
 

The New Hotbed

Today is the first of the week and time to start getting the hotbed built. I have decided to build a nice little hotbed to extend the season. It would be nice to have lettuce, beets, greens, spinach and other cool crop veggies available early this year. So, today I am going to brave the cold (not too bad today) and start building a hotbed. It will be fairly simple.I am going to make a frame from 2x6 material and cover it with 6 mil poly doors. There will be a heating coil placed under the soil to keep the soil temperature around 70 degrees. I am not sure how this will work, but if anyone has tried it, let me know your experiences. Tomorrow it is off to shovel manure. I am getting some cow and chicken manure to supplement the soil here at the farm. I am hoping to build the soil by adding organic material. I hope there is not too much weed seed in the manure! This could make for a messy job later, trying to keep the weeds out and the rows clean.
 
 
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