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Friday, July 3, 2015: What’s Happening Today at Magicland Farms

This fourth of July weekend will feel like a typical fourth of July weekend with very warm temperatures and bright sun.  The weather pattern has shifted the last few days indicating now that July may turn out to be a real scorcher–this is different than the weather models were indicating just four days ago.  Looking at the weather maps one can easily pick out the major shift.  Taking a look back on 1936, where Michigan experienced many July days over a hundred with temperatures topping out above 110F in some places, there are many similarities here.  One thing was that the plain states, where temperatures and lack of rain caused many cattle and people deaths and shrived crops, started the year with perhaps the coldest weather of the 20th century.  This year, the cold–especially the February cold–was most intense in the Great Lakes region to the Atlantic coast.

What we are having for sale Today:

Young and tender green beans

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Freshly pulled radishes: Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy and White Pearl radishes that are very tender and mild. 

radishes

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor or roasted with just a little olive oil and salt to taste.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh).

norlands
Red Norland potatoes
RedGold potatoes
RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

Also, we have lots dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

weaccept

SALES GOING ON NOW:

All apple trees are on sale this week including Honeycrisp! $20 a 5-gallon pot.
Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. $20 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $20 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

christmascactus

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory2

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant! SALE going on now!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ and 4″ pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

Hardy red Poppies

Sunset tonight 9:28PM    Sunrise tomorrow 6:08AM

Thursday, July 2, 2015: What’s Happening Today!

Yesterday was one of the coolest July days in a long time.  Today looks to be beautiful with lots of sun and temperatures in the upper 70s.  As I indicated in my earlier blog posts, the forecast for this weekend looks to be much warmer–even can be described as hot — than the forecast a week ago indicated.  Keep an eye on the temperatures in the plains today since the heat that builds up there today and tomorrow will be moving directly toward Michigan for the weekend and into next week.

Our beans are coming in real good and we received customer comments mentioning how good they tasted even though they are a different variety from the bean variety we are noted for.  Most of our bean crop still consists of our famous old standby bean and we planted this new variety because it is a few days earlier. FYI our first planting of yellow beans should start in about 10 days.

What we are having for sale Today:

Young and tender green beans

Freshly pulled radishes: Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy and White Pearl radishes that are very tender and mild. 

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor or roasted with just a little olive oil and salt to taste.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh).

norlands
Red Norland potatoes
RedGold potatoes
RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

Also, we have lots dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

weaccept

SALES GOING ON NOW:

All apple trees are on sale this week including Honeycrisp! $20 a 5-gallon pot.
Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. $20 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $20 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

christmascactus

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory2

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant! SALE going on now!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ and 4″ pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

Hardy red Poppies

Sunset tonight 9:28PM    Sunrise tomorrow 6:08AM

Wednesday, July 1, 2015: Now into our second day of green bean harvest!

 

Our first day of beans went better than expected.  We actually picked more than we figured on and yet we sold them all!  They are a new variety for us so if you had a chance to try them please let us know how you like them compared to our secret bean variety we usually plant.  The reason we planted this new variety, in addition to our old variety,  is it matures a few days earlier.

What we are having for sale Today:

Young and tender green beans

Freshly pulled radishes: Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy and White Pearl radishes that are very tender and mild. 

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh).

norlands
Red Norland potatoes
RedGold potatoes
RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

Also, we have lots dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

weaccept

SALES GOING ON NOW:

All apple trees are on sale this week including Honeycrisp! $20 a 5-gallon pot.
Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

christmascactus

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory2

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant! SALE going on now!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ and 4″ pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

Hardy red Poppies

Sunset tonight 9:28PM    Sunrise tomorrow 6:07AM

June 30, 2015: First Green Beans of the Year! and What’s Happening Today

As I indicated in yesterday’s blog post, this 4th of July weekend looks like it will be warmer than first forecast a few days ago.  Instead of forecasting temperatures in the upper 70s the forecast now is for temperatures in the low to mid 80s.

Today we will be starting to pick our first patch of green beans for sale.  This is a new variety that we chose to start off the season since it is a few days earlier than the variety we usually plant.  Please let us know how you like it.  By the weekend, we should be also be picking our regular variety so you can then compare the two.  BTW, over 80% of the beans we have and still plan on planting is the same variety we have planted for many years and seems to be a favorite.  Its only problem is that sometimes during the heat of the summer it doesn’t do as well so we also plant a heat resistant variety in the patches that ripen during the middle of summer which tends to be the hottest.  Of course the timing doesn’t always work out and some summers from start to summer are scorching–1995 was one such summer where nearly a thousand people died from the heat in Chicago.  As you might expect, our bean crop didn’t do well in 1995, although watermelons did great!

Our earliest sweet corn is making ears and it looks like we might start picking it on July 13 although we will be putting July 14 as our starting date on the sign in front of the stand.  Of course, the exact day won’t be known until the day we start picking!  Anything else is a guess–hopefully an intelligent guess!

For your information see the latest studies on citrus and melanoma.

 

What we are having for sale Today:

Young and tender green beans

Freshly pulled radishes: Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy and White Pearl radishes that are very tender and mild. 

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh).

norlands
Red Norland potatoes
RedGold potatoes
RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

Also, we have lots dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

weaccept

SALES GOING ON NOW:

All apple trees are on sale this week including Honeycrisp! $20 a 5-gallon pot.
Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

christmascactus

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory2

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant! SALE going on now!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ and 4″ pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

Hardy red Poppies

Sunset tonight 9:29PM    Sunrise tomorrow 6:06AM

June 29, 2015 What’s Happening Today

The next couple days the weather seems sort of mixed up, which isn’t odd for this time of the year because upper winds seem to be just meandering around.  This often happens before a heat wave sets in but though the forecast is for warmer weather for the 4th of July weekend than forecasts indicated just a few days ago, there doesn’t seem to be a forecast for a heat wave for this area.  However, north of Lake Superior many models are showing much above normal temperatures for the next week or so.  It will be interesting to watch what happens!

As you can tell from the photos below our first planting of sweet corn is starting to shoot tassels and make ears.  My guess, looking at the field along with the upcoming weather, that we may just start picking corn for sale on Monday, July 13.  Also it appears that we will most likely be picking some green beans for sale tomorrow.  So many things are starting to ripen right now that you should keep reading this blog for the latest!

Taken end of May of our first corn.

Taken end of May of our first corn.

Taken June 17 of our first corn.

Taken June 17 of our first corn.

Taken June 23 of our first corn.

Taken June 23 of our first corn.

Just taken this past Saturday, June 27.

Just taken this past Saturday, June 27.

 

Taken June 5th.

Taken June 5th.

Taken this past Saturday.

Taken this past Saturday.

 

What we are having for sale Today:

Freshly pulled radishes: Crunchy Crimson red radishes that are sweet and mildly spicy and White Pearl radishes that are very tender and mild. 

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh).

norlands
Red Norland potatoes
RedGold potatoes
RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions with tops.

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants and many kinds of herbs!

Also, we have lots dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

weaccept

SALES GOING ON NOW:

All apple trees are on sale this week including Honeycrisp! $20 a 5-gallon pot.
Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

 

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

christmascactus

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory2

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant! SALE going on now!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ and 4″ pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

Hardy red Poppies

Sunset tonight 9:29PM    Sunrise tomorrow 6:06AM

June 27, 2015: What’s Happening Today at Magicland Farms

Right now we seem to be planting even more than we were in May!  In addition to planting another small patch of sweet corn we will be planting a fairly large patch of green and yellow beans.  Since most of the farm has already been planted, things are getting more complicated to figure where to plant crops! Some really obnoxious deer seem to be getting thru our 6000+ volt, a mile+ long electric fence and munching on our large second planting of beans. We plan on putting up another portable electric fence around this patch of beans either today or Monday to see if that helps.  Deer have been continuing to become more and more of a problem the last 10 years.

What we are having for sale Today:

Freshly pulled sweet and mild red radishes. Lots of radish recipes out there. Check out some of them at RealSimple.com

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor. My daughter Catherine created a delicious supper last night with garlic scapes, spring onions and eggs. Adding a little olive oil to a pan she added chopped onions and garlic scapes and a couple pinches of salt. Cook until the onions are translucent and then add your scrambled eggs.  For a side dish she made garlic toast by melting butter in a small pot and adding minced garlic scapes.  She then brushed the butter mixture on the toast and broiled it until lightly browned.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh). My daughter Bernadette made a great potato salad for Friday. She posted the recipe on her blog Taste of SunSugar!

norlands
Red Norland potatoes
RedGold potatoes
RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Spring Onions (baby Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions)

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants.

greenhouse2

Also, we have lots dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses! Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

weaccept

SALES GOING ON NOW:

Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Purchase two or more fruit trees and get a blueberry bush or raspberry plant (your choice) FREE!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
See $10 OFF coupon at bottom of post!

We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

christmascactus

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory2

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant! SALE going on now!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ Pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

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Print, show, or mention this coupon when purchasing!

Sunset tonight 9:29PM    Sunrise tomorrow 6:05AM

Friday, June 26, 2015: What’s happening today..

Yesterday evening we received about a tenth inch of rain which, believe it or not, was welcomed.  Despite the rains this month, things were starting to get on the dry side.  Most crops are doing well.  In addition to what we have available today, sometime next week we should also have green beans, SunSugar cherry tomatoes and white radishes up for sale.

What we are having Today:

Freshly pulled sweet and mild red radishes

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

norlands
Red Norland potatoes
RedGold potatoes
RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Spring Onions (baby Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions)

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants.

greenhouse2

Also, we have dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses. Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

Sunset today is 9:29PM    Sunrise tomorrow is 6:05AM

SALES GOING ON NOW:

Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Purchase two or more fruit trees and get a blueberry bush or raspberry plant (your choice) FREE!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
See $10 OFF coupon at bottom of post!

We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

christmascactus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory2

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant! SALE going on now!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ Pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

couponappletrees

Print, show, or mention this coupon when purchasing!

Sunset tonight 9:28PM    Sunrise tomorrow 6:05AM

Thursday, June 25, 2015: What’s Happening Today at Magicland Farms

This year our first planting of green beans included a new variety that is claimed to be earlier ripening than the other varieties we plant.  We also planted it quite early.  There are already small beans on this variety and we hope to start picking them for sale late next week. As the photo shows, our SunSugar cherry tomatoes are starting to ripen and they taste as good as we remember from past years.  We also plan on having these up for sale late next week.  By the way, we estimate that our first variety of peaches, Flamin’ Fury PF1, should be ready for picking around July 14, about the same time we will start picking our first sweet corn.

 

Our super sweet SunSugar cherry tomatoes are just starting to ripen!

Our super sweet SunSugar cherry tomatoes are just starting to ripen! We hope to have enough to sell later next week.

Our SunSugar plants are over 5 feet tall already!

Our SunSugar plants are over 5 feet tall already!

What we are having Today:

Freshly pulled sweet and mild red radishes

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

norlands
Red Norland potatoes
RedGold potatoes
RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled sweet and mild Spring Onions (baby Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions)

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants, and veggie plants.

greenhouse2

Also, we have dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses. Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

Sunset today is 9:29PM    Sunrise tomorrow is 6:03AM

Notice as we near the summer solstice there is little change in sunset and sunrise times from day to day.

SALES GOING ON NOW:

Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Purchase two or more fruit trees and get a blueberry bush or raspberry plant (your choice) FREE!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
See $10 OFF coupon at bottom of post!

We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Winter Squash: Acorn and Butternut

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Watermelon

Cucumbers

Pumpkins: Jack-O-Lantern and Giant Pumpkins

Savoy Cabbage

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ Pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

Sunset today 9:28PM  Sunrise tomorrow 6:04AM

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Print, show, or mention this coupon when purchasing!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015: What’s happening today at Magicland Farms

peachespan

Thinning peaches yesterday and took a panoramic photo of the orchard.

Yesterday evening I sat out on my outdoor Lazy-Boy lawn chair in our yard.  What was interesting is that while I saw several toads, I DID NOT SEE A SINGLE MOSQUITO!  We don’t spray insecticides at our home or have any type of bug repeller!  That is odd, me thinks! Also, we have received plenty of rain this June so the lack of squitters is even more puzzling.  I do notice this year we hear bullfrogs all night long.  I think this is unusual.  The frogs get so loud and noisy that my oldest daughter complains about the noise!

Today looks to be sunny and beautiful!  The rain we had on Monday is gone–the ground is drier than just before the rain right now!  Not that we need rain because the soil seems to have enough for awhile.  We are about done thinning peaches–in February we really wondered if we would have a crop at all and we wound up having to thin them–who’d guess?  We all must keep in mind that the size of a crop is really unknown until after the harvest!  For instance, while we knew our strawberry crop would be significantly smaller than last year, we wound up not even having enough strawberries for our own needs!  This surprised even the most pessimistic in our family!

 

What we are having Today:

Freshly pulled sweet and mild red radishes

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh) and Red Norland potatoes (red skin with white flesh)

norlands

Red Norland potatoes

RedGold potatoes

RedGold potatoes

Freshly pulled baby Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants, and veggie plants.

greenhouse2

Also, we have dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses. Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

Sunset today is 9:29PM    Sunrise tomorrow is 6:03AM

Notice as we near the summer solstice there is little change in sunset and sunrise times from day to day.

SALES GOING ON NOW:

Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Purchase two or more fruit trees and get a blueberry bush or raspberry plant (your choice) FREE!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
See $10 OFF coupon at bottom of post!

We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Winter Squash: Acorn and Butternut

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Watermelon

Cucumbers

Pumpkins: Jack-O-Lantern and Giant Pumpkins

Savoy Cabbage

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ Pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

couponappletrees

Print, show, or mention this coupon when purchasing!

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015: We are all very grateful for missing out on storms yesterday…

Taken end of May of our first corn.

Taken end of May of our first corn.

Taken June 17 of our first corn.

Taken June 17 of our first corn.

earlycorn3

Taken the evening of June 20.

Corn is tasseling now!

First corn is starting to shoot tassels!

If you read yesterday’s post you know I was concerned about the possibility, actually according to the National Weather Service the likelihood, of severe weather yesterday.  We all are very grateful that we didn’t experience any.  We  are praying for those to our south and southeast who did experience damage.  Happily, no one in Michigan was severely injured, at least according to the latest news media reports.  The rest of the week looks much calmer for the whole area.

What We’ll Be Having Today:

produceforsale622

Freshly pulled sweet and mild red radishes

Garlic scapes, which can be chopped up and used in any dish where you want a mild garlic flavor.

Freshly dug RedGold potatoes (red skin with yellow flesh)

Freshly pulled baby Newaygo Newaygo sweet onions

Fruit trees and shrubs, perennial and annual flowers and ornamental plants, and veggie plants.

greenhouse2

Also, we have dried gourds for crafting and making birdhouses. Browse through our pile near the side of the greenhouse!

driedgourds

Sunset today is 9:29PM    Sunrise tomorrow is 6:03AM

Notice as we near the summer solstice there is little change in sunset and sunrise times from day to day.

SALES GOING ON NOW:

Beautiful and fragrant Angel Trumpets are on sale. Pick up three pots for only $20!
Purchase two or more fruit trees and get a blueberry bush or raspberry plant (your choice) FREE!
Rhubarb plants are half price! That is only $6 a plant.
See $10 OFF coupon at bottom of post!

We have the following fruit and vegetable plants and trees for sale today:

Apple trees: Honeycrisp, Jonafree (Jonathan type), Jonagold, Liberty, Gala, LindaMac, etc. Starting at $25 a potted tree

Peach trees: Early Red Haven, $25 a potted tree

Tree protectors and deer repellent soap for your fruit trees also available.

Blueberries: Bluecrop, Jersey, Elliot, and Aurora Starting at $8 a potted plant

Red Raspberries: Latham (June-bearing) and Heritage (Fall-bearing) Starting at $8 a potted plant

Seedless Grapes: Red Reliance (The plants are large and vining well!)

Rhubarb: Victoria (at least 1.5′ tall) SALE! 1/2 OFF. Now only $6 a pot

rhubarb

Everbearing strawberries: Frisan (pink flowers!)

frisanstrawberry

Red slicing, heirlooms and sweet cherry tomato plants

Tomatillo

Sweet bell pepper plants

Purple eggplant plants

Yellow and red sweet onion transplants

Potted Herbs: Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Marjoram, Sage, Peppermint, Summer Savory, Lavender, Rosemary, Basil, etc.

herbs

Winter Squash: Acorn and Butternut

Zucchini and yellow summer squash

Watermelon

Cucumbers

Pumpkins: Jack-O-Lantern and Giant Pumpkins

Savoy Cabbage

Pawpaw trees (AKA Michigan Banana)

pawpaw

We also have lots of ornamental trees and shrubs and perennial and annual flower plants including

Bottle gourds: Grow your own gourds to craft with or make birdhouses!

Ostrich ferns: They are large and beautiful right now and would bring some instant texture and color to your landscaping.

Redbud trees

White pine trees

Lilac bushes

Beauty bushes

kolkwitzia

Hydrangea 2 yr. old seedlings of Pinky Winky

Hollyhocks: O’Hara (a deep red, fully double Hollyhock), Chater’s Double Mix, and Queeny Mix

Malva: Gallon containers of both Zebrina and Mystic Merlin varieties

malva

Nasturtium: Available individually or in hanging baskets

nasturtium

Foxglove: Excelsior

Coral Bells/Heuchera

huechera

Sedum Groundcovers

sedumgroundcover

Sempervivum

sempervivumcloseup

Vinca Minor

Houseplant Cactus (Christmas cactus and other thornless cacti)

cactus

Morning Glory: Heavenly Blue and Shadow Dance (Deep Purple and Bright White) Available in 6″ pots with miniature wooden trellis.

morningglory

Angel Trumpets: Beautiful hybrids of large double blooms in purple, yellow, white and red. Extremely fragrant!

Balsam Impatiens (aka Touch Me Nots) Butterflies and hummingbirds love these flowers!

balsambutterfly

Dianthus: Cheddars Pink, and Brilliant Red

dianthus

Echinacea or Purple Coneflower

Rose of Sharon shrubs (5 year old plants)

Alaska Shasta Daisies (reblooming white daisy-like flowers)

Chrysanthemums: Robinson Mix Single Flowers

Annual and Perennial Combo 6″ Pots with pink, red, lilac, and yellow flowers.

couponappletrees

Print, show, or mention this coupon when purchasing!