Bountiful Blessings Farm Produce

  (Hinckley, Illinois)
Locally Grown - Quality Farm Produce at Affordable Prices
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Plant Sale

First of all I need to apologize for not keeping up with the blog on a daily basis. However, we have been very busy at the Bountiful Blessings Farm. Now that the weather has broken, and the soil has dried out enough to get back in the field, we have been planting nonstop. Today we planted about 400 tomatoes in the field. Yesterday, we were not able to plant, but we were able to lightly rototill between rows on some of our crops. In the morning I worked on some tomatoes I donated to a local plant sale at the House Café in DeKalb, Illinois. A group is hosting a plant sale to benefit the DeKalb County Community Gardens. Here is the information from the event post on Facebook:


DEKALB COUNTY COMMUNITY GARDENS FUNDRAISER. Come by and purchase a native plant or flower, a beverage or a bite while listening to some awesome local music and enjoying the company of others who want to support our garden efforts. What a great way to celebrate Mother's Day! Whether you want to honor our Mother Earth, show your Mom how much you love her, respect the memory of a Mom who has passed or celebrate someone who has touched you with a Mom's love -- this event is a perfect way to celebrate the Moms who have touched our lives. Plant sale starts at 1pm -- music for this event begins at 5pm. Proceeds to benefit DeKalb County Community Gardens.


The House Café is located at 263 E. Lincoln Hwy, DeKalb, IL 60115.


If you are in the area, take a moment and stop in the House and say hello to my friend Matthew. The food is great and the music - - always a pleasure! Hope you have a great weekend and 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!

Preparing for the Season

I never realized there is so much work just getting ready for the new season. Seed orders, repairing equipment, planting, mixing soil, marketing, are just some of the things going on at Bountiful Blessings. I really believe that being prepared is a good key to being successful. So, I continue to the  prepare. One of the things I am planning on doing this week, is to build a hotbed and a cold frame. My goal is to be able to provide vegetables here in our local area earlier than I was able to do last year. With the High Tunnel, cold frame and hotbed, Bountiful Blessings should get a little bit of a jump on the season. It'll be nice to have lettuce, greens and cool weather crops early! It is exciting and fun getting ready - I can't wait to get my fingers back in the soil, planting and growing!
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