173-Frost on Mother’s Day?

Hello again from Five Feline Farm!

We were reminded this week that it is not quite summer here in Central Illinois. There are days with warm temperatures and gentle rains. Then there are days with storms and cold.

This Mother’s Day was one of those cold rainy days. In fact, we had a frost advisory! That means we covered all of the tomato plants with trash bags to make sure we do not lose any to the cold. It is not the first time we have covered plants on Mother’s Day.

Looking ahead, we have Kwiksilver Karaoke coming to the Farm on May 15, 2021. They will provide entertainment from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Bring a lawn chair and a friend to enjoy some time in the country.

Until next time,

Donna, Julia and the Felines

P.S. Keep up with all the activities through our email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

171-How the Farm Fared in a Freeze

Hello from Five Feline Farm!

This past week, our area experienced an unusual late snow and freeze warning for two nights in a row. We covered everything possible and prayed for the rest.

Everything was fine! It appears the snow had an insulating effect. Coupled with the temperature not dropping quite as low as expected and our covering efforts, we did not have any loss of plants.

Don’t forget Kwiksilver Karaoke in the Crib on May 15, 2021 from noon to 4:00PM. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy some fun music.

You can always find out what is happening by following our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) or signing up for our email list.

Until next time,

Donna, Julia and the Felines

P.S. We are continuing to add to our Gardening the Five Feline Farm Way course. We use video, presentations, checklists and more to provide instruction on how we garden here. You can get in now for only $39 for lifetime access.

170-Landscaping at the Mercantile

Welcome to our milestone episode #170.

This week we share our progress in landscaping around the new sidewalk from the driveway to the Mercantile building. We have been busy!

You will also hear a new feature: a garden tip and a kitchen tip near the end of the episode. This week we talk about using Irish Spring soap as a deer deterrent around new trees and how to use spring garlic in cooking.

The Mercantile is now regularly open on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 PM each day. If you would like to order English Muffins to pick up on April 23 or 24, 2021 you can click here (while supplies last).

We also have a limited supply of heirloom tomato and basil plants as well as perennial pampas grass, lamb’s ear and mint. Fresh vegetables will be available in season.

Until next time,

Donna, Julia and the Felines


168-Interview with Cathy Hiser

Who doesn’t love fresh flowers?

In this episode, we interview our friend and neighbor, Cathy Hiser about her new venture in flower farming.

She describes her interest in growing flowers, the types of flowers she has started and when she anticipates fresh picked blooms will be available.

As a bonus, we plan to include some of Cathy’s fresh flowers in the Mercantile this year. Possibly even as an add on to our weekly deliveries which begin in mid-June.

Stay tuned for more about this and more at Five Feline Farm through email and social media.

Until next time,

Donna, Julia and the Felines (and Cathy)