Gratitude from the Porch

As I sit here this Sunday morning, a light rain is falling. I hear my two hens growling in their coop – they want to be outside in it, I guess! Ernie and I are so thankful for all that God has given us to watch over and nourish here at Shannon’s Farms and in life in general. And it gives back to us in so many ways! The solstice day yesterday was beautiful here! Here are a few pictures from the farm taken over the past few weeks. Happy Sunday!20140622-081855-29935931.jpg

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Happy Mother’s Day!!

To help celebrate and honor mothers everywhere, here’s a picture of our resident mother duck and her two young ducklings. We hope and pray that all mothers reading this have a wonderful day!

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Blooming Beauty at Shannon’s Farms!

Apologies for those of you currently suffering allergies, this guy certainly is one of the culprits! The good news is the tree is a native and requires a zero amount of watering through even the driest season. PLEASE SAVE OUR WATER!! – love from Ern

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May Garden Prep at Shannon’s Farms

Before the storm (and hopefully lots of rain!), got in early morning prep for a fall garden, with Austrian peas and annual rye still growing in the middle and to be tilled next late winter/early spring in preparation for a 2015 Spring garden — rotation, rotation, rotation!

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Shannon’s Farms – April 2014 Post Full Moon Farm Report

Wow!  Did you see it?!  The full lunar eclipse and the red blood moon on the same night as Passover – when will that happen again?  Anyway, Spring is here!  This report comes just as the post-Easter new moon happens at 0114, 29 April, Tuesday morning.Full Moon

 

 

 

Bluebonnets at Shannon's Farms

Bluebonnets at Shannon’s Farms

A few of the many irises at Shannon's Farms

A few of the many irises at Shannon’s Farms

Wildflowers at Shannon's Farms

Wildflowers at Shannon’s Farms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, since my last report:

During the late winter, I’ve been working quite hard to enrich our “Wildscapes Wildlife Area” with supplemental crops/plantings indigenously favorable to a friendly Texas environment.  I’ve planted three more pecan trees, several more blackberry plants, and as many raspberry plants.

The late cold has slowed down the efforts for our personal food garden, nonetheless, our many dozens of onion plants are faring well.  The tomato plants, established early in gallon pot, were transplanted to garden spots too early resulting in being covered with old bed sheets during the unusually late freeze.

We were so pleased that so many friends came by to take pictures in our bluebonnet areas which have been, like everywhere else, really extraordinary this year.

If you please, go to Latest Pictures and see children, families, flowers and other late winter / early spring beauties.

Bluebonnets are Everywhere!

We have been so blessed and honored this year at Shannon’s Farms to have had many families come take their annual family pictures in our bluebonnets! Attached are just but a few. Enjoy and Happy Easter!

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Bluebonnets Around Heath – April 2014

The bluebonnets growing on Shannon’s Farms and all around Heath are just beautiful this year!  Enjoy a few examples of God’s great work!

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Bluebonnets in Heath – photos taken within 1/2 mi of Shannon’s Farms

January 2014 Farm Report Vol. 1, No. 3

Here we are – the moon almost ready to move into the 4th quarter and me about a week behind the last full moon of 22:56 hours CT, 15 January 2014.  My grandfather, my major hero in life, had a knack for being able to not take himself too overtly seriously saying when he had been up and moving, particularly busy – “I’ve been a busy woman!”  So, borrowing from my good ole grandfather long passed, I’ve been a busy woman! — please see a few pictures included in this report.

Winter Green From Wildflowers

Winter Green From Wildflowers

Picture #1, taken in the dead of winter (10 Jan – 10 Feb, 2014), shows the outstanding beautiful green of those well-rooted tough wildflowers that will have their glory in the spring.  For my way of thinking, what a thought!, replacing all the Bermuda grasses, Saint Augustine grasses, etc., poison-sucking non-natives with yards that at times bloom flowers or at least have a continual stand of green; the non-needies without want of fertilizers, water or other artificial means.  At this point, I gotta give a plug to probably, in my opinion, the best supplier of wildflowers in the great state of Texas:  Native American Seed at www.seedsource.com.

Pictures #2 & #3 are part of the “busy woman” reality during the past month I’ve been preparing the many new bare-rooted pecan trees I’ve put in at what I believe is the most appropriate time (preferably just after the full moon during the third quarter and ideally the moon being in a water sign, preferably Pisces).  This January it happened to be one of the other water signs – Cancer.

Bare-Root Pecan Tree

Bare-Root Pecan Tree

Picture #2:  Please note just a little may I be of help with an FYI.  Notice the freshly planted bare-root tree has a white piece of plastic tie right at ground level (don’t be confused with the blue plastic at the tree’s graft)?  This plastic tightly tied marks the exact place the bare-rooted tree had been for many, many months of its life.  It needs to go back into the ground at that exact depth level for best results for its many next years of growth.

 

 

Tractor Post Hole Digger

Tractor Post Hole Digger

Picture #3:  The tractor’s post hole digger picture shows the saving grace for this old man, Ernie.  Dig an ugly hole – three hits in a triangulated pattern into the hard ground gets a large part of planting that tree’s job done!  Voila!  An ugly hole rough and ready!

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