Monday, April 1, 2013

Until Then...

There is a list of things I'd like to accomplish this month of April...
so, my regular postings will be set on the shelf  until the month of May

except for Saturdays

I will post my Saturday Postcards for the month of April...
and the theme will be on projects around Pilgrim's Cottage

the butterflies were out in force looking for juicy blooms...
and they obliged me in sitting still for just a few seconds to snap some photos

butterflies are truly a delightful creation of the Lord

thank you to my new followers...
thank you to my readers and visitors...
thank you for kind comments...
each and everyone of you are noticed and appreciated by me

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus:
and great grace was upon them all.
Acts 4:33

until then...
may your month of April be a blessing in the grace of God


  1. Hey jean,

    Sorry for going off the topic but I was just wondering how you manage pests across your farm as you guys are fully organic.

    I have a small organic garden in my balcony and having a tough time dealing with pests. I don't want to switch to pesticides as I don't really want to kill them. I just want them to leave or avoid my place.

    Would be grateful if you can extend any help on this. Thank you in advance


    1. Hi Kaivi. We don't have a lot of problems with pests and we think it may be due to the chickens and lizards which keep down pest population considerably. We also use food grade Diatomaceous Earth, a non-toxic and natural fossil dust that can be found on the internet and some hardware stores. has good prices and info on the dust. We sprinkle wherever there is an ant problem. We also snip off any plant leaves that have insects or their eggs and any leaf that looks sickly, which is often due to pests. There is a very good garden site called that gives great ideas for organic pest control. One would think we have so many pests here on the island but, because we stay organic and let the animals take care of them, it keeps the problem down considerably. I don't know what kind of pests you are having. If you have small animals coming into your balcony and bothering your garden, there are different ways you can discourage them but, I would need to know which ones you have. Perhaps I will do a post about how we do organic in May. I hope you can find a solution to your pest problem. Thank you for commenting and for your question! - jean

    2. Thank you jean for giving you time. I am facing tough time dealing with aphids and red mites largely. They almost destroyed my spring garden where I planted lots of pot marigolds and due to their presence on almost 80% of the plants I was forced to remove all of them much before the time. What a waste of efforts.. and you just can't see your so much loved plants dying out of pests.

      I tried some organic solutions such as neem water etc. but it doesn't look like getting solved. Now I am about to plant variety of gourds but worried as in last season i had a vine and aphids destroyed it completely.

      anyways I will check on the sites suggested by you. A post from you on handling pests would be of great help.

      Thanks a bunch for the information..


    3. Kaivi, have you tried a garlic solution, yet? Steep some crushed garlic cloves in some hot water. Once it cools, put it in a spray bottle and spray your plants with it every day until you see no more of the pests. While garlic doesn't necessarily kill bugs, they hate it. Sometimes, using a strong solution of different herbs such as rosemary, lemongrass and peppermint will work better. You can use essential oils or fresh/dry leaves. I'm sorry you are having such a bad time of pests on your plants. That can be a little frustrating. When you get a new plant, start from the very beginning before you see any problems to spray them with some garlic solution.

    4. Thanks a lot Jean. I have heard of this garlic thing quit some time back in a gardening forum but never tried. you made me recall. I will try it for sure and let you know my experience.

      Once again thanks a lot for your time & advice.

      Regards.. Kaivi

  2. Have a happy Easter!
    Glad you will still do Saturday postcards- they are always so lovely.
    God bless:)

  3. I must protest your plan of posting only on Saturdays. You can post while you have your coffee or tea. You must multitask!

  4. Hi, where is your farm located?

    1. Irene, we are in Grenada, WI. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hi, where is your farm located?

  6. Hello Jean, Yes we are hoping to get much done in this month also, but with this really cool dry weather, we may have to wait a bit. Started my potato sprouts. The green house is cleaned out. And now I want to paint my craft room (Go figure!)
    Blessings, Roxy

  7. Completely understand, and I look forward to your weekend postcards. I haven't posted in so long. Hope to be back soon.

  8. Hope all the things you want to achieve in April turn out well. God bless all your endeavours....will pop by on Saturdays.

  9. I understand completely, Jean~ although I will miss you... :)
    Blessings to you, sweet friend!