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Charlene

Location:  Three Bridges, NJ

Day Job:  ASM Barnes & Noble

The Digs:  Backyard, Containers, Front yard

Crops:  Basil, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Brussels sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Celery, Chile Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Garlic, Green beans, Lemons, Lettuce, Melons, Mint, Peas, Potatoes, Rosemary, Squash, Strawberries, Thyme, Tomatoes

Animals:  Cats, Chickens, Rabbits

Why I'm Getting Dirty:  I love to grow things I can feed my family. I want nothing more then to farm all day

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  • Posted by: Charlene on February 1st, 2012 at 03:46 am

    My seeds came in. I am very excited. I am hoping to get the starter trays up and running by this weekend. My kitchen herb garden is ready to start sampling and I started some sprouts in a jar for yummy salad topping. I am finally getting my gardening groove back on!

 
  • Posted by: Charlene on January 10th, 2012 at 06:23 pm

    So, I ordered my lettuce seeds the other day. I now it's early, but I'm already itching to get back in the garden. My husband and I started some herbs the other day, I can't stand cooking without them, it's just not the same. If a little herb garden in my kitchen can keep my green thumb happy at the moment, than it is totally worth the time and energy. I have given up on the notion of snow this year. I am now focused on giving some small hoops a try with some real early lettuce. Something I've always wanted to try, I will let you know how it goes. How is everyone else holding up through the winter?

 
  • Posted by: SmallTimeFarmer on December 8th, 2011 at 06:02 pm

    Hi, Charlene, thanks for accepting my friend request, it's always fun to see what's happening outside of my own back yard. Love the profile picture, beautiful girl and a terrific head of cabbage.

 
  • Posted by: Charlene on December 7th, 2011 at 04:48 am

    It is December and the temp today is supposed to hit 61 degrees, that is just crazy. I planted my garlic at the end of October like usual and this morning I noticed it has started to sprout! My only hope is that my entire crop is not lost in this crazy winter we are having.

 
  • Posted by: Charlene on October 18th, 2011 at 04:16 am

    I am so thankful to be voted Farmer in the City again. I have been remiss in posting this summer, so let me update you a little. We had several challenges this year with the ridiculous amount of rain here in New Jersey. I lost all my cucumbers to the rain, but I did manage to get 10 pumpkins. I also lost my melon crop to the rain. I have learned several things from the experience. I need to start my second round of crops sooner than mid-July and one should never take vacation in early August. We went to California on a family vacation, which was amazing, but when we got home the farm was completely over grown. I definately lost some productivity there. My hens are doing quite well. I need to find a few more customer's for my eggs. My daughter has joined 4H. She is part of the rabbit club. She is so excited to be involved, I'm tickled pink at her excitement level. I am still trying to figure out how to start my own farm business, I haven't given up on the dream.

 
  • Posted by: City Girl Garden on October 18th, 2011 at 02:53 am

    Congrats on being named Farmer of the Day! Hope you have a great day in the garden!

 
  • Posted by: lissakevin on October 17th, 2011 at 04:14 pm

    WOW--what a cabbage! congrats on farmer of the day!

 
  • Posted by: Nebraska Dave on October 17th, 2011 at 09:03 am

    Charlene, it's good to see that you have been selected to be farmer of the day again.

    Have a great farmer of the day.

 
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  • Posted by: Charlene on April 20th, 2011 at 08:49 pm

    It has been a busy month and a very rainy one too here in New Jersey. I did manage to get my started lettuce, kale, brocolli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and peas into the ground 10 days ago. I'm hoping all this rain will make them pop. My husband and I also picked up some blueberry bushes two days ago, I am so excited! More things I can make jam out of. I am currently eating my last strawberry jam from last year, so I almost made it thru the winter with my stores. I do still have one jar of kraut left, which I am saving for the first hot dog of the summer season:)The strawberry patch is already sporting some flowers and there is lots of new growth, so here's to a great berry season!
    I hope everyone is enjoying this spring. It certainly is exciting to be back in the thick of it, I know I always feel better when I'm back in the garden. Happy Spring to all.

 
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