Salads are such an easy meal for summer time and a great way to get all our greens (7 cups a day!). Some people are intimidated by growing lettuce and shy away from it but there's no need, it easy!. Today I'm going to give you my best tips for growing lettuce so that you can have a continuous supply for quick and easy summer time meals that don't heat up the house.
You guys I am loving our terraced pollinator garden! It still has a way to go but it has been so much fun and we are making a lot of progress.
I love to garden. I always have and always will I'm sure. I've done it since I was a small child with my mother and sometimes my dad as well. I can't think of a time when I didn't garden. Even in high school I helped here and there. My first apartment balcony was filled with flower pots, and as soon as spring hit, the side of the steps of my first house was adorned with flowers.
It started with flowers then I incorporated garden vegetables and now I have the best of both worlds in this little paradise of a farm we are so blessed to live on! The best part about it is that my kids are right there next to me. And they actually enjoy it! They are just as excited about growing as me! Even about eating all those tasty vegetables!
I'm telling ya people, garden with your children. It can bring them a lifetime of healthy eating habits and endless memories of spending quality time learning something new with YOU!
To get you started I have made a list of the best plants for gardening with kids. The criteria to make this list includes ease of planting, ease of care, kids preference to the flavor, and the abundance of fun it is to grow. This is just a starting point. I hope that once you get going you venture into new things.
*I've included links to the varieties we use. I am in no way affiliated with rareseeds.com or Baker Creek (same company). I just truly love the variety and quality of their seeds! I know they are just as much against GMO's as me which gives me a piece of mind when ordering from them. I'm sure you will love them too!
The Best Plants for Gardening with Kids
Hello Everyone! Today I have a special guest post from Daniel Sherwin of dadsolo.com. Daniel is a single dad of two helping other single parents overcome their struggles by sharing his experiences and giving encouragement. Even if you aren't a single parent, his blog has some very helpful ideas.
Thank you Daniel for hanging out with us and sharing you tips on kids and kitchen safety!
Gardening season is upon us and we are here to guide you! Many of you may know that I've been working on a gardening book, "Everything You Need to Know to Start Your Garden." It's done! It will be released on Tuesday May 14th and available for purchase here on our website and on Amazon
To kick off it's launch I thought I would do book giveaway! Yeah! To be entered into the giveaway is all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what excites you most about gardening. Simple! That's how we like it and that theme carries through to my book. A simple guide that won't confuse you or give you a bunch of unnecessary tasks. Yuck! My book outlines everything you need to do so you can have a garden THIS YEAR! Yes please!
There are numerous book on the market about grading-so many that it can be overwhelming for someone who is just starting out. Where are you to begin?
Cotton is everywhere; our clothes, cotton balls, swabs and pads, feminine products, dish and bath towels, curtains, yarn, place-mats, hats, bedding, quilts.....and on and on. Cotton is a versatile and useful product. It's easy to care for and the softness, can't forget that. GMO cotton, however, has a some scary secrets.
1. Cotton is One of the Top 3 Genetically Modified Crops
94% of the cotton grown in the US is genetically modified. Worldwide it is grown on over 70 million acres! What kind of affect does this have on the farmers?
In India, the second largest producer of cotton, farmers are committing suicide at alarming rates. 200, 000 thousand farmers have committed suicide since 1997. The problem began when the World Bank forced India to open up their seed sector. Farmers had always saved their seeds, bred them using traditional methods. Saving the seeds, improving their qualities each year. When the seed sector opened up and giant agri businesses like Monsanto and Cargill came in they were promised higher yields and more profit.
I have been through multiple brands of organic lotion. There are getting to be quite a few out there. This I'm grateful for because it means the tides are turning. Yeah! However I discovered that a lot of them still contain ingredients that I'm not comfortable with and that do not meet MY organic standards. What is a dedicated organic mama to do? Make her own. It is so easy and you will wonder why you haven't done it sooner. Really it is so simple. I make several jars and then pop the extras in the freezer until they are needed. Easy.
We always wanted to be able to test our cows with a simple pee test. Something similar to what us humans use to see if we are pregnant. We looked before but could never find one and were told they don't exist... Then we found the P-Test from Emlab Genetics. And not only does it test for pregnancy in cattle but also goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, bison, elk or deer. How many of you out there are raising deer or elk? So cool that it works for such and array of animals.
Everyone meet our newest addition. And her name is- well, actually we don't have a name for her yet but isn't she so precious just the same! You may be wondering why our cow is giving birth in December, that's usually a spring thing right? Yes and no. Most ranchers calve in the spring and a few calve in the fall but if you have dairy cattle you calve all throughout the year in order to keep in milk. .
We choose not to separate the calf from it's mama after birth though this is the norm of big dairy farms. Mama cows never get to see their babies again after giving birth. This way dairies can get more milk and go about milking without the bother of a calf distracting mama cow. I can't imagine taking a baby away from it's mom like that. I don't care if they are cows. Mammals are meant to take care of their own babies.
Hello, I'm Jaci. I love wandering around in my gardens admiring God's creation. I'm passionate about whole foods and clean eating. I look forward to sharing my farming and homestead adventures and helping you reach your gardening goals! If you have any questions then don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you. Send me a message and I will be glad to help!