This site is about my life as a farmgirl, wife, mother and grandmother. We have a beautiful granddaughter and the cutest grandson. We own two farms in Craig County Virginia, leasing one and raising beef cattle on the other.
Making Old From New – Propagation
I think one of the most beautiful and dainty of house plants are African Violets. I tend to have problems keeping them due to over-watering and moving them from one spot to another. I have learned from past experience that they love my upstairs hallway window where no one sees their beauty but me and they seem to like the east facing window in our guest room which is also upstairs where they spend the winter months with my other houseplants for warmth.
During late summer of 2018 this plant was doing so well that I decided to try to propagate some more from it. I was going to feel like a “master gardener” if I got one plant going. Instead I got a whole pan full and they came in at different stages. First let me tell you the dictionary meaning of propagate: breed specimens of (a plant or animal) by natural processes from the parent stock.
I’m very anxious to collect more starts from other people because they come in such a huge variety of colors. A few tips if you decide to try the violets:
Be careful when watering and try not to get water directly on the leaves
Let the potting mix get dry between waterings, I only water about every 10 days.
Try a east-facing window to keep them but away from drafts.
I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl.
I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!!
I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home.
We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm.
I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it!
I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries.
I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog.
I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it.
I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose.
I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.
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