Posts Tagged ‘Compost’

Gardening Calendar: Spring Garden Tips

Friday, March 20th, 2015
Today is the first day of Spring! That means fun in the mud at my house! Spring means different things around the country; it’s time take advantage of the warmer weather and start prepping the garden and yard. Here’s a look at your March to-do list. Pick your region and get to work. (more…)

FFA Friday: Iowa

Friday, September 26th, 2014
Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Takes First Place Award Honors, South-Tama County FFA Wins Second, and Westwood FFA Wins Third Place We are back with another FFA Friday post! Iowa had eighteen participating chapters in the Helping Communities Grow program this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA, South-Tama FFA, and Westwood FFA. Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA took first prize with their fertilizer and seed germination experiment project. The chapter developed lessons and activities to do with elementary school students. During the experiment about the students saw how plants germinate. .The experiments also showed how different levels of nutrients in the soil affected plant growth and development. South-Tama FFA won second place by starting a recycling and composting program at their school. FFA members gathered food waste and placed it in a composter. They presented their composting project and results at an Ag Expo during National FFA week. Westwood FFA won third place by doing a variety of activities about plant nutrients and fertilizer. The chapter visited elementary school students and taught lessons on the vital nutrients plants need to grow and develop into a consumable product. The chapter also created an interactive game called “Feed the Corn” to learn about the nutrients plants need to grow. Congratulations to all of the chapters that participated! The Nutrients for Life Foundation program in Iowa is supported by the program’s founding sponsor, CF Industries. FFA chapters, remember to complete step 1, by November 14, 2014, to participate in the 2014-2015 program! Details can be found at here.

Nutrients in the Garden 10: Prepare & Amend

Thursday, April 10th, 2014
Oh, my sore muscles! I took advantage of the sunshine and removed some plant stubble that was in the garden since last fall. It felt good getting dirty and putting in a few hours of hard work. These sore muscles remind me that gardening is great exercise and part of a healthy lifestyle! How many overweight gardeners do you know? (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 7: Soil for Raised Beds

Thursday, March 20th, 2014
Gardening in raised beds is extremely popular and a great choice for a beginning gardener. I gardened in raised beds for nine years and had great success (minus a splinter or two). The best advantage to this form of gardening is the opportunity to fill the bed with soft, nutrient rich soil! (more…)

School Garden Spotlight: Sarah Tucker

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013
"Start small, then let it gain momentum," is the advice Sarah Tucker would give someone starting a school garden. (more…)

Composting Turns Garbage Into Garden Gold

Monday, July 16th, 2012
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Fish Fertilizer

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012
I don’t know how long he had been floating but it was obvious, our beta fish had passed away. After I broke the news to my three girls, it was time to bury our beloved (often neglected) fish, Goldie. When Mom is a gardener, the fish does not get flushed, it gets buried deep in the compost pile. Morbid I know, but fish emulsion and fish meal are common garden fertilizers and the little ‘ole fish will add nutrients to our compost. You are not supposed to put meat in your compost pile because it will draw rodents. I went ahead and buried Goldie deep in the middle, hoping the mice won’t sniff him out. (more…)

Garden Resolutions

Friday, December 30th, 2011
In the same breath, I can tell you that I am exhausted from Christmas but also full from all of the memories created. The tree is still up; suitcases are sitting full of dirty laundry. Toys are strewn from one end of house to the other, and there are three girls silly, full from sugar, creating yet one more memory. There is time to reclaim the house, but right now, I sit and reflect on 2011 and look forward to the promises of a new year. (more…)

Spring Break

Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Spring break! Ah, a breath of fresh air and a change in our routine. I need spring break as much as the students and teachers. Instead of going south we head north to spend a week helping my dad on the farm. I admit I would enjoy the 80 degree weather the south promises! It's 30 degrees today and I’m wearing my winter coat again. Anyone can experience a sunny beach and the ocean but not everyone can experience a week of farming fun. (more…)

Inspire and Discover

Friday, July 23rd, 2010
I recently made friends with Katy. She is a friend of a friend. After first meeting, I realized my three-year old would be going to pre-school with her daughter. (more…)