I really want to teach my kids where things come from. I wanted to show them how their clothes are made from natural resources like cotton. This year we are growing our own cotton. We harvested, combed, and spun a little of it so the kids can see their clothes are made from it.
Archive for Gardening
The garden is a wonderful place for kids to learn, but how in the world do I plant a garden that kids work in and eat from? It can be a challenge to make a garden with kids, especially if they are very young. I work in my garden with kids ages one to five. Even a one year old can learn a ton in the garden and help grow food.
Isn’t it hard to find a good row marker for your garden? Who wants to spend a million dollars on those adorable store bought ones? Those are great, but when you have a lot of area to cover, you really want to have an economical option.
Gardening can be a super expensive hobby, an inexpensive way to produce top quality food, or a super inexpensive form of both. It depends on how you get your resources. There are many ways to save a ton of dough on the things you need to make a great garden!
Would you love to have a unique and personal place to hang out in the yard? You can make your own unique homemade stepping stone patio. We handcrafted our patio, and we LOVE it! It’s a great place to gather.
How do you know what plant varieties to choose when you’re staring at a big ole stack of seed packets or catalogs? There are several ways you can narrow this down so you can choose the ones you like best. One of my favorite ways is to read all of the descriptions in the catalogs. I love reading those descriptions because they are like love letters about each vegetable or fruit.
Prepping garden beds for spring planting can be a lot less work than traditionally thought. There are many benefits to growing a no till garden. One of the biggest ones is how much less work it takes when prepping garden beds for Spring. When you plant no till, all you have to do is move back your mulch and plant in the fresh, soft, moist soil that you’ve created underneath.
It’s the time of year when seed catalogs start pouring in. I read a book one time where they called them farmer porn. They are pretty juicy and appealing. You could spend a thousand dollars and get more seeds than you could ever plant easily. Be careful and put some planning into what you are going to get to make sure you have room to plant it and aren’t wasting your money. Chose what to plant wisely.
Do you ever get so excited about ordering seeds that you double order? I do. It’s so frustrating! I pour over catalog after catalog. I make lists. I map out my garden. (Click here to see how to plan your garden) Later, I get all misty eyed at some garden ad or a new catalog I’ve never seen before, and I accidentally order something I’ve already ordered.
There are so many plants you can plant in winter in Oklahoma. February is a busy month for spring plantings. Check out the OSU extension chart for what goes in the ground from Feb 10-March 10. There are quite a few things on that list. If you are not in Oklahoma, check your local county extension office to find out what you should be planting at that time.