Red Dirt Farm and Studio

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Finally, it’s here – Happy first day of spring Y’all!  Old man winter won’t let his grip go just yet.  We have rain, sleet and a few flurries this am.

There’s nothing more soothing to my ears than the sound of rain on an old tin roof.  Well, maybe the sound of rain on a new tin roof.  Which I am happy to say at long last, we have.  But, I digress, this post isn’t about our beautiful new roof, that’s for another time.Today it’s all about being grateful for warm weather and family and friends.

saucer magnolia and peacocks

The pink blooms on the Saucer Magnolia are beyond beautiful this year.


Can you identify this ground cover?

This, for me, is the time of year when it feels like all my garden dreams are possible.  I dream big, and usually, bite off more than I can chew.  I’m so stoked about opening and expanding the road-side stand this year.   However, I have felt a little overwhelmed with what I have gotten myself into with my big dreams and aspirations.

Once again, family and friends came to our aid and helped get some much-needed work done on Saturday.

  Father Cottage aerated the soil, laid down lime and then seeded out near the road-side stand.  This is the area that was excavated last year to make room for the new drain field for the septic system.  It has remained a muddy mess for the past year.  It will be a blessing to have grass instead of mud.

Mango, Papaya and Coconut helped him every step of the way.




Mr. Cottage pulled out last years Sunflower stalks, did the first tilling of that area, I’m sure a second till will be needed later.


The peacocks love to play and look at any opportunity to make a game of it, here they tug on the stalks dragging behind him until they get them loose.


Cottage neighbors spread out piles of dirt and rocks.





So the rocks have been spread out and a nice level drive and parking area are laid out for the road-side stand.



Rain set in and the rest of the soil leveling will have to be done another day.




The vegetable and herb garden have been tilled as well.   Mr. Cottage plans on expanding this area in the next few weeks.

On Wednesday morning, 6:30 am the Post Office phoned to let us know our new chicks had arrived.

Chicks have arrived

I ordered 15 chicks, the packing slip said 18 had been shipped.  There are 20, and so far they are growing like weeds and appear to all be healthy.

There is one teeny little runt chick, she is so adorable and we worry so for her to grow and be healthy.  Surely she needs to have a very special name.  This isn’t her photo.  It is very hard to photograph them, they run so fast the only pictures I get are furry blurry flashes.

Our home is full of peeping bliss and our gardens and land seeded with hopes and dreams.

Thank you for being here today.

xo kim

9 thoughts on “with a little help from my friends

  1. tarnegolita says:

    Love your peas!!


    1. Kim says:

      Why thank you! We love them too. I’ve wanted to have some for years and I am not disappointed, they are a lot of fun.

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  2. says:

    Furry blurry flashes is hard to say. I don’t read out loud but my “head” stumbled over it. Congrats on the road side stand progress. Could we please have a close-up of the saucer magnolia?


    1. Kim says:

      Dear Garden Queen – close up coming. Can you name those other little flowers? My head stumbles too…


      1. says:

        No Kimmie, I don’t know what your little pink ground cover is called. Can’t say that I’ve ever seen it.


  3. Lisa says:

    So glad to see things coming along. I love that the peacocks follow everywhere!


    1. Kim says:

      Morning Lisa – slowly but surely we are making progress all around our little cottage. The peacocks are a hoot – I so enjoy having them here. xo


  4. Debra says:

    Everything looks so beautiful! I would definitely stop at your stand-you are making a work of art there. I still am impressed with the color of your dirt!!! I hope you will be selling your art with your eggs!

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    1. Kim says:

      Hi Debra – you are so kind, as always. I do plan to offer my creations for sale. Can’t take credit for the dirt color.:)


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