Here at Green Thumb Farm...

ur chickens, in addition to being eye candy with charming personalities and providing us with superior healthful eggs also function as major contributors to our compost piles and ultimately to our organic plantings.  We cultivate roughly an acre of organically grown vegetables, herbs and small fruits here on our 50 acre farm.  Composted coop cleanings and kitchen waste, cover cropping, mulching and sustainable practices drive our efforts.

e have been inspired by forerunners like Helen and Scott Nearing, Robert Rodale, Ruth Stout and of course the Findhorn Gardens and their focus on the subtle and sensitive communications with the Spirit of all Life.  We thank those groups and individuals for galvanizing us in the early 70's with a model for living that honors all Life.   We continue our effort in that direction.

-- January, 2019 --
n the left below: Here pictured are Johnny's Flashy Trout lettuce and New Red Fire.  And the tiny stuff is chickweed which the chickens just love.  Against the windows is Hestia's Brussels sprouts from Renee's Garden.  I'm very interested in how they'll do.  I planted them from seed and then spread the babies out in the beds.  It won't be long and I'll be starting seeds inside the house; tomatoes, peppers and eggplant primarily.

GREENS!! for humans and chickens!
nd on the right above: This year I top dressed with powdered Atlantic Kelp and I think it really helped bump up the soil fertility and texture.  This bed has plantings from Renee's Garden seeds: Crispy Winter Greens, Runaway Arugula and Heirloom Musclun Lettuces/5 Variety Blend.  And the Brussels Sprouts along the window and chickweed volunteers.  Still too tiny to pick most of these greens yet.

-- July, 2018 --
o far, a fabulous year for Kellogg's Breakfast Tomatoes.  These giant beefsteaks are an eye-popping orange in the garden, and 1/2 tomato makes at least 2 big sandwiches for us.  Grown from my saved seeds.  1-2 lbs.  The taste is a nice mix of sweet and acidic.

Kellogg's Breakfast

...did I mention these tomatoes are HUGE?

HUGE Kellogg's Breakfast

fabulous year for elderberries, too!  The berries are just now green and the flowers are finishing.  They are so heavenly scented and always covered with pollinators so smelling them may include a sweat bee up the nose.  We dry the ripe purple berries and use them in herbal infusions all year long.  I just keep planting more.  The critters in the neighborhood love them too.


white eggplant
This is a white eggplant with purple stripes from Seed Saver's.  You can see that the flea beetles have been merciless with the big beautiful leaves.  The variety is called Listada de Gandia and reported to have been introduced into Southern France in 1850.  Loves the hot weather they say so at least one of us is happy.

Perennial Oregano
This is the smallest of the variety of tomatoes that we are growing this year other than Arkansas Black, a mid size and the big impressive yellow/pink Kellogg’s Breakfast.  The stink bugs and horn worms are giving us a run for our money.  These little jewels are about half the size of the tip of your little finger, will get very red and are called Candyland Red.  From Territorial Seed where we have gotten many wonderful varieties, I can’t wait to try this one by the handful, warm out in the garden.

Every year, I seem to put in a different variety of sunflower.  Again, the straight line winds raise havoc with anything tall.  This one is particularly lovely back lit by the sun and is usually occupied by a variety of pollinators.  Tall and stately beauties are called Cinnamon Sun and are from Renee's Garden.

These are a divine combination of Renee's Sweet Merlin roasting beets and her Jewel-Toned Red and Gold Candystripes and a few of Johnny's Touchstone Gold.  We had a bumper bumper crop.  Super good about mid sized, roasted and doused with balsamic vinegar.

PawPaws - this was a volunteer youngster, they spread by runners and are about 5-6 years old.  Here is some information for the uninitiated:
PawPaws: America's Best Secret Fruit

o that's a snapshot of the garden in July this year 2018.  We garden year round pretty much so there's always something to enjoy.

-- January, 2017 --
ildly swinging temps in rural Missouri this winter.  From artic freezes to above 60.  But in the greenhouse with its sweet clean smell, the beds are thriving in the fairly constant temps.  It won't be that long and cool weather seeds will go in in the gardens.  Kale and chard are still maintaining under floating row covers outside.

Johnny´s Arugula
Johnny's arugula from seed discs

Perennial OreganoBed view with toad pond in the foreground and perennial oregano

Green things
Arugula, baby Romulus lettuce, Mache and chickweed

Greenhouse mix
Johnny's 5 Star Greenhouse Mix and volunteer chickweed

-- April, 2016 --
t's been another "odd" spring with wild temperature fluctuations preceded by a warm winter with little moisture.  It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.  At least the soil structure is decent with all the compost being applied.
tuscan kale
Last of the Tuscan Kale from the greenhouse as we move outdoors.
MDQS lettuceBeautiful row of Meville Des Quatre Saisons lettuce under a floating row cover.
MDQS lettuce
Meville Des Quatre Saisons lettuce. Like beautiful flowers.
Arkansas Black Apple
Arkansas Black Apple in flower. The bulk of our tree fruit has been lost to weather extremes this year. Arkansas Black matures late so there’s still hope for a few apples.
Broccoli Rabe
Broccoli Rabe babies under a floating row cover.
lettuce and kale
Romaine Lettuce and Winter Red Russian Kale babies under a floating row cover.
Comfrey in full flower, already!

-- January, 2016 --
ere's a look at some herbs and greens in one of the greenhouse beds.  They're doing well.
Jan 2016 greenhouse bed

-- Mid April, 2015 --
h my, but there's some good stuff going on here at Our Green Thumb Farm.
Here's a rundown...

"M" is for Morels.  Yes, by the way, they're delicious.
Morel mushrooms

Morel mushrooms with some of our eggs. Morel mushrooms and our eggs

Lemon balm, and the first of our asparagas (Jersey Knight or Jersey Giant - 20 year old bed).
lemon balm and asparagas

Mixed lettuce babies Garlic varieties this year are Georgian Crystal and Inchelium Red,
two old favorites of ours.
Blueberries flowering varieties are Blue Ray and Blue Crop.

Strawberry bed starting to flower (variety Earliglow).

Arkansas Black apple in full flower with Belle of Georgia peach just finishing.
flowering apple

20 year old Arkansas Black apple flowering.
flowering apple

Seed starts almost ready to plant and hardening off.
Tomatoes are Martino’s Roma, Rose, Black Prince, Nepal, Yellow Gooseberry and peppers are California Wonder,
Sweet Chinese Giant, Early Jalapeno, Marconi Red and Hungarian Hot Wax

tomatoes and peppers

-- Late March, 2015 --
ups full of heirloom tomato and pepper plants..
Heirloom tomato and pepper plants

...and heirloom pepper plants close-up.
Heirloom pepper plants

--August, 2014 --
small selection of the many plantings in process mid August of 2014.
August, 2014
A few late Elderberry clusters Late planting of Marina di Chioggia winter squash - massive vines!
August, 2014
An heirloom watermelon mix including the coveted Moon and Stars Blondkopfchen yellow cherry tomatoes - delicious!
August, 2014
Late planting of Hidatsa Shield Figure beans for drying, almost in full flower Patty Pan summer squash flowers and honey bees Armenian cucumber and vines
August, 2014 <== Red Zebra medium sized and prolific tomatoes. These are art forms that are way yummy to eat.

--March, 2014 --
hings are growing at Green Thumb Farm.
Greenhouse beds - early March 2014
Heirloom greens in the greenhouse beds...
Greenhouse beds - early March 2014

..and garlic rows in garden #3.
Garlic rows - early March 2014

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