Do you know when to harvest vegetables in the garden, and fruit? It’s sometimes hard to tell when the produce is perfectly ready. There are some basic rules to go by. Here are tips to harvest some of the most popular vegetables (and fruits) that people love to grow.
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What could be more fun than a sensory garden for kids? Kids NEED sensory stimulation for development. All five senses should be stimulated to help children develop important pathways for learning in their brains. The more stimulation, the earlier, the better.
You can grow cotton in your own garden. I really want to teach my kids where things come from. This year we are growing our own cotton to show them where their clothes come from. We harvested, combed, and spun a little of it so the kids can see their clothes are made from it. You can grow cotton in your garden too!
Isn’t it hard to find a good garden plant markers 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 an expensive hobby, an inexpensive way to produce top quality food, or an inexpensive form of both. It depends on how you get your resources. Look for cheap or free garden supplies. There are many ways to save a ton of dough on the things you need to make a great garden!
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.
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. Choosing what to plant in your garden can be overwhelming.
Do you ever get so excited about ordering seeds that you double order? I do. It’s so frustrating! If you organize your garden seeds, you’ll avoid a lot of that. 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.
Don’t you just LOVE zinnias? I do. They are a burst of long-lasting color all through the summer and fall. They are one of the ONLY plants that don’t succumb to our horrid heat here in Oklahoma AND they are tolerant of our drought-like conditions that are all too common here. Zinnias are a powerhouse in the garden.