The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm

The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm

Just a little homespun hobby farm where we enjoy creating a life of sustainability and sharing our v

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 28/03/2022

Time to move some of the bounty out of the greenhouse. Selling off all the extras (all started from organic seed): Zapotec Ribbed and Cherokee Purple Heirloom tomatoes, Anaheim, Serrano, Cayenne peppers, Italian long eggplant, various basils, calendula, and more. Message me for details.

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 18/03/2022

Setting moon, rising sun...happening right now...WOW!

13/03/2022

And the Huckleberty Gold potato patch is in! Soil must be 45 degrees or above...we are at 50. This organic seed potato came from Idaho. Claims lower glycemic with purple skin and golden flesh. Now we wait...7 to 14 days for sprouting.

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 13/03/2022

Whoa...look at the grow! Good soil, permanent roof on Greenhouse, insulation and pellet stove for those freezing nights. Last pic is the grow box giving us greens all winter. All this and much more goes in ground around May 1!!!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 20/02/2022

What a blessed day to have these young friends helping out in the greenhouse...that's John learning the technique for soil block making (planted a lot of peppers today). And there's Charlie...taking his role of supervisor very well!

20/02/2022

Believe me, our guests only have to work if they want to!

15/02/2022

Meet Caroline from Minnesota...so, it's her and her hubby's last week in The Bunkhouse and here she is in the kitchen handling her first batch of organic soap...LEMON FRESH with a bit of grit fom lemon peel. What fun on the farm...Caroline and Jim, you will be missed. Come again soon!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 11/02/2022

John at Windmill Ranch put me on an investigative track of making my own soil blocks for seed starting. It is working so well I am running to keep up with it. Mixing the soil recipe outlined here is fun, and using the soil block tools is easy. This process is efficient, space saving, and super nutritious for those tiny seedlings. I bought the 3/4" and 2" soil block tools online. The soil recipe is Eliot Coleman's. Google him for lots of videos. Ok...back to the greenhouse...

10/02/2022

Can you believe this?!?! What awesome people we have staying on the farm! Jim and Caroline have been staying in the Bunkhouse for nearly two months escaping the Minnesota COLD. No, I do not require paying guests to work the farm BUT I caught these fine folks bringing in the empty trash barrels...need I say more -- guests turned friends. I just love this!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 03/02/2022

Today's news: Greenhouse is blooming even with temps to 22 degrees overnight. That's Brittney finishing her first run at soil block creation and seed starting. So far: calendula, marshmallow, Hopi/Navajo Tea and East Indian Lemongrass.

Today I started Navajo mint, moringa, loofah gourd, and Giant American Flag leeks, along with geranium cuttings. Bobby's got all kinds of greens and herbs started too. Yum!

Thanks Dave and Bobby for insulating, painting, and keeping the home fires burning in the pellet stove. Nothing froze overnight. Two more seedling mats arrived today and Dave installed the new 4 ft grow light. Oh, and that's Good Grief Gerty, our greenhouse convalescent--we keep saying, "Good Grief Gert, you're still alive!"...it was touch and go. Final pic: the Green's blessed us with a flock of French Guinea chicks...hanging out in the studio!

Hey, Seedheads, you're missing all the fun!! Praising Yah for the people power and the outrageous harvest to come.

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 28/01/2022

Boker Tov and welcome to the farm! Just arrived, Sweet 16 French Guinea chicks compliments of Bobby and Shae Green! Peep, peep...

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 26/01/2022

Lemon Zest Luffa organic soap in progress...that's Shae behind the mask! First time giving it a go. Mask??, you say...you betcha-- the sodium hydroxide (lye) can get you good. We unmold in 3 days and box up for 5 weeks. Chemistry in the kitchen...join us sometime.

22/01/2022

Shabbat Shalom from the farm...wait for it...a bit of fun on the Sabbath!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 21/01/2022

Chicken Coop Cleaning 101 with Sean Christensen, my willing student. Hope to see you around the farm. Stay tuned for more adventures.

16/01/2022

Soaping 101 in the kitchen. Thanks, Brittney for being Star Student of the day...Organic Lavender bar soap. In 3 days we will unmold, cut, and box up to cure for 5 weeks. Next up Lemon Zest Luffa!

22/12/2021

Look at this...sunflower sprouts planted by my young friends ages almost four and almost 6. Harvesting some to eat today. You can do this, too! We will learn how when we meet in the greenhouse soon. More info to come...

15/12/2021

What in the world..??? that there is an organic sweet potato I bought at the store. Yes, it's growing roots as expected, but here is the Yah factor: at the "eyes" it will sprout green vines, you clip the vines close to the potato, put them in water until they grow roots and plant them in the garden in spring (May 1 at Hereford elevation) and Voila! you have your very own sweet potato starts. Vines must touch the soil so they can root and form potatoes as they grow. Let's keep our eyes on this one!

14/12/2021

Saving those seeds from the Magdalena Big Cheese squash!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 13/12/2021

Attention all Seedheads!! Magdalena Big Cheese (C. Moschata) grown in the Three Sisters Garden...one down and one more to go (saving that one for you Brittney!) Process: cut in half, scoop all seeds and place in glass jar, cover seeds with water for 24 hrs, then strain, rinse, and easily pull seeds from fiber. Do not leave seeds in water any longer than that; they will sprout! Place seeds on a ceramic plate and spread to dry (I leave mine out for a few weeks, whatever it takes). Now cut squash into manageable chunks, place skin side up in glass baking dish(es), pour in about 1/2 inch of water, cover tightly with foil. Bake at 450 for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Let the chunks cool, scrape flesh into freezer bags. Winter delight at meal time! More on those seeds tomorrow...

Oh, one more thing...those left over squash skins go to the chickens or to the compost pile!

09/12/2021

The Greenhouse Trolley, AKA The Apocalypse Mobile, is now powered by the sun!! Yeah, Dave!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 08/12/2021

Heartfelt thanks to all! The Greenhouse (made of recycled sliding glass doors and windows) now has a permanent roof thanks to handymen Dave and Sean. The polycarbonate roofing was a beloved blessing from our neighbor, Eva. Brittney and Beth got their hands in the dirt starting winter veggies in the greenhouse and planting garlic and shallots in the main garden. Ooops, the shallots and garlic were not supposed to sprout until spring, but the temps spiked...now it's my job to keep them alive through winter. Don't worry folks, you will all be invited to start the spring seedlings this February.

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 07/12/2021

Nematode infestation on root of tomato plant...this has been the battle. Just pulled this plant up from one bed I did not solarize. Thought this bed was clean. Word to the wise: feed feed feed your soil and rotate crops religiously. This is proof I have a lot more work to do. I have been told nematodes can arrive from plants you buy, as well as traveling in on your tools. I now keep a bucket of mild bleach water at the garden gate and dunk each tool.

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 07/12/2021

It's been a long hard year in the garden. Realizing I did two major things wrong: I did not properly feed my soil (feed the soil, not the plants!) and I did not seriously rotate my crops, I ended up with suffering soil and destructive nematode infestation. Sigh...
resulting in removal of 6 inches of soil from each bed (I did it all, one shovel full at a time) and 6 months of solarization. Rebuild: gobs of compost, alpaca poo, and clean pine shavings. Then a fabulous cover crop blend from Stephen at underwoodgardens.com -- cover crop is cut (NOT pulled) and layered as green manure. Everything is coming up "roses"! Terribly hard lesson, but Stephen has guided me to success.
Enough for now, but stay tuned for updates. Thank you, Brittney and Beth for doing the winter Greenhouse starts: napa cabbage, collards, carrots, lettuce, mixed spicy greens, golden beets, and rainbow chard! Woohoo!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 25/10/2020

Here we are right now...Tombstone...right across from City Park. It's a beautiful day to visit The Town Too Tough to Die! Come see what's goin' on.

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 23/10/2020

Come on over to Butterfield Stage Stop at Boot Hill. We are here until 2 p.m. today. How about making your own memory wire bracelet? I'll show you how.

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 16/10/2020

Butterfield Stage Stop at Boot Hill is in full swing right now until 2 p.m....and it's Helldorado Days in Tombstone!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 09/10/2020

Here we are. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tombstone Marketplace at Butterfield Stage Stop right next to Boot Hill.

07/10/2020

Fresh herbs headed for the dehydrator...look for these and pomegranates, too, this Friday at the Tombstone Marketplace. New location: Butterfield Stage Stop right next to Boot Hill, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. See you there!

30/09/2020

A fresh batch of my organic comfrey salve just cooling down. So much goodness. So much healing power. I use it for bites, rashes, barnyard scratches, bumps, and bruises. Herbalists commonly recommend for sprains, strains, muscle pain, arthritis, even fractures (you can look all that up). Of course I will have a fresh supply with me this Friday at the Tombstone Marketplace, Butterfield Stage Stop - $5/ounce - Organically grown comfrey from my garden, organic extra virgin olive oil, organic white beeswax, that's all!

27/09/2020

The Hopi Black Bean crop is done for this year. What fun it was to grow and harvest these. Some will serve as a taste of summer this winter, others will be seed for the next crop. If you haven't grown a dry bean crop, you must try it. This bean is vining, so it takes little space with big payback. Plant, water, watch them grow, and harvest the pods when they are dry and rattle. Such a deal...

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 26/09/2020

Hey, everyone! So busy yesterday I forgot to post. We are live at the Butterfield Stage Stop in Tombstone (right next to Boot Hill). Lots of fall fare, tiny pumpkins, potted Holy Basil, chamomile, Old Timey Blue Collards, Mother of Millions, desert willows, dried herbs, fresh smudge sticks, organic loofah soap and comfrey salve. Don't miss Dave's pipe lamps and wood and metal art. I brought some of my chainmaille jewelry pieces, too. Hope to see you! Look for the hearse...that's where you will find me...oh my!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 18/09/2020

Hey, everyone! Isn't this change in weather GREAT! Tomorrow (Friday, Sept 18) looks to be a grand day for us at The Tombstone Marketplace...new venue at The Butterfield Stage Stop next to Boot Hill. 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please have some of our fresh pears. They are ripening, and we have reduced them to $.50/pound. We are bringing a fun array of what we produce/create on the farm.

Yes! I will have my latest batch of organic loofah soap. This time with orange essential oil. My dried herbs, smudge sticks, and a new batch of Comfrey Salve will be available. Also on display will be some of my silversmith jewelry pieces.

Come see Dave's creations: pipe lamps, hat racks made from railroad spikes, wooden bath accessories.

Gourds I grew and tiny display pumpkins, too! And more...

See you there!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 14/09/2020

Pears are ripening! 20 pounds makes 12 pints of pear sauce. Just finished this batch.

I will have more of my fresh pears for purchase at THE TOMBSTONE MARKETPLACE, Butterfield Station at the Boot Hill area this Friday, Sept 18,
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Thanks to our GRACIOUS HOST, we are no longer limited in what we can sell. In addition to pears, tiny pumpkins, interesting plants, dried herbs, smudge sticks, dehydrated pears, herbal bath balms, and comfrey salve, Dave and I will bring an interesting array of artisan works. Come see our unique lamps made of pipe fittings, our metal art pieces, Dave's bath fixtures from railroad spikes, my handcrafted chainmaille jewelry...and that's the short list.

Join us! It's a great group of people!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 11/09/2020

TODAY we are at the Tombstone Farmers Market newly located at the Boot Hill area. Besides these items, I am bringing along some fresh crop smudge sticks, dried herbs, and organic comfrey salve. Please stop by if you're visiting The Town Too Tough Too Die!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 06/09/2020

Sunday, Sept 6 - just arrived at the corner of Ramsey and Moson. FRESH PICKED BARTLETT PEARS FROM THE ORCHARD...$1.00/pound
Fresh dried herbs, organic loofah soap, smudge sticks and organic comfrey salve...all from this summer's garden. Stop by and say Hi!

24/08/2020

3 FAMILY YARD SALE RIGHT HERE ON THE FARM, FRIDAY, AUGUST 28 FROM 7A.M. TO 1 P.M
If you are in the area, stop by (9363 E Dakota Rd, Hereford). We have tools, window AC units, golf cart frame, radial arm saw, patio items, pots, linens, household items, couch, games...and who knows what else!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 18/08/2020

In spite of my garden taking a big hit of heat and pestilence...ya just gotta keep diggin' for the bright side to answer the question: why did I even bother? Well, folks, here it is...all those seeds I've been saving were joyously passed along in measure to our most favored guests on the farm. They left Maine on a long road trip and ended up staying with us on the farm during the initial turbulence of the Covid crisis.

They helped us plant and nurture the garden until they started their journey back home. BUT not until going through my seed library and choosing lettuce, cukes, cabbage, beans and squash to plant at home...almost 3,000 miles from AZ.

I just can't explain how it makes me feel to see this...my seeds, their crops, and now their seeds from their harvest. And no small mention of their Buddy, my buddy, enjoying one of my cucumbers!

Thank you Wendi and Amy for making 'my garden' a success this year. You restore my faith in humanity! Can't wait till we meet again...save me a jar of those pickles.

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 16/08/2020

With blistering heat (106 at the top) and nematodes galore, this year's garden is pretty sad. No garden next year. Only two choices found to destroy nematodes: solarize to 125 degrees or remove and replace all the soil. If any of you have a better solution, email me, please.

On the happier note, the four 10x4 garden basins I started in the orchard are a success. We have already enjoyed a Navajo Winter watermelon. The one pictured here is the Hopi Yellow just harvested. Native Seed/SEARCH seed bank in Tucson is low on the Hopi Yellow and out of the Navajo Winter seeds. I am partnering with them by saving every seed, most to be donated to their seed bank...with some held back for our garden for next season, of course.

September promises the opening of our Hobby Farm Metcantile: homemade organic luffa soaps, comfrey salve, dried organic herbs, jams, smudge sticks, metal arts, jewelry...seeds, seeds, seeds, and whatever else we can think to make on the farm. COVID kept us artisans out of the local farmers market, so we've decided to do our own. Stay tuned for details.

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 07/07/2020

First try in the new mold. Organic loofa soap with lavendar essential oil and rose petals. The loofa sponge is embedded in the soap. I grew the loofa and the roses! Superb for cleaning those garden/sandal feet. More fun than a Barrel of Monkeys...first one to admit to playing that game as a kid wins a free bar!!

Photos from The Greenhouse Trolley Hobby Farm's post 06/07/2020

Great times with new friends on the farm! Come and see us some time.

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