Posts Tagged ‘planting’

Garden Calendar: June Tips

Monday, June 1st, 2015
There is lots of gardening to do in June! The garden is growing and so are the weeds! Check out my garden help; don’t let the photo fool you. They were in the garden for less than fifteen minutes, but I’ll take what I can get. (more…)

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…)

Nutrients in the Garden 20: End of the Season

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Here we are at the end of another garden season. The hail set me back, for some of you it was grasshoppers, deer or disease. As I harvest the last of the summer veggies, I am taking notes on what grew well and what didn’t.   (more…)

FFA Friday: At Large

Friday, August 15th, 2014
It’s FFA Friday! Today we are highlighting the top chapters from the At Large category. The Helping Communities Grow program’s at large category had eleven participating FFA chapters this year. Congratulations to the top three chapters, Canby FFA, Troy FFA, and Corinth Holders FFA. (more…)

Problem Solving: Weeds

Thursday, August 14th, 2014
For the first time ever, I used the lawnmower in the garden! Yep, the weeds were so bad; I decided to mow them down. It was a quick solution to a weedy mess! Don’t worry; I didn’t mow the entire garden, just one small section that got out of control. The garden looks better and I don’t feel guilty about letting the weeds get out of control.  Problem solving and gardening go hand in hand! Mowing was the answer this time! (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 19: Garden Maintenance

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014
We are in the dog days of summer and there isn't a lot to report in the garden. The hail set us back so while others are harvesting, we are waiting and watching for everything to grow, bloom and produce.  As we wait; we water, weed and fertilize. (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 14: Protect Your Plants From Frost

Friday, May 16th, 2014
It was 33 degrees last night and 34 degrees the night before. Do you know what these cold temperatures do to tender tomatoes and flowers? Death! Look at this poor little thing. It didn't even got the chance to bloom before being hit with a frost! One of my friends called last night, she lost twenty tomato plants. Twenty, yikes! A huge loss of time and money. Can you imagine what this is like for a farmer who is raising acres of crops and loses everything due to weather? Their entire livelihood, or a portion of it, can be lost in one night. That’s the reality of farming- whether it is citrus, leafy greens, tomatoes, or corn. All farmers are dependent and affected by the weather. You, my garden friend, and I are lucky because the size of our gardens allows us to protect tender plants when we have a late spring frost. Keep an eye on the forecast in your area. There are a few meteorologists that put out a frost advisory and remind us to go out and protect our young plants. You can use sheets, blankets, buckets, milk jugs, wall-o-water, or anything you can think of to create a barrier between the plant and the chilly air. This will save you money, time, and your future harvest. I am lucky that I didn't lose any plants in the last two nights, but not because of my gardening skills. I hate to admit that we have been too busy to garden. Why does May always get so busy? I'm running a million different directions with my girls these past few weeks. Thankfully, the little bit of gardening we have done is now sprouting. Check out my radishes! Not too glorious, but a start!   What is glorious is all…

Nutrients in the Garden 5: Map It Out

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Planting a vegetable garden, I am good at. Planning said vegetable garden, I am not good at. Writing this blog has been a bit agonizing as it forces me to sit down and make a plan, rather than winging it, which I am really good at. (more…)

Nutrients in the Garden 1: Seeds

Friday, February 14th, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day and welcome to my new gardening series; Nutrients in the Garden. Over the next few months, I will take you and your kids from planning your spring garden to harvest and beyond.  Along the way I will share valuable knowledge, important tips and tricks, and my personal experiences, all while finding ways to include the children in your life!  Healthy, nutritious food means healthy, happy kids!  If you have any questions or would like a post on a certain topic, please leave a comment or tweet me @Nutrients4Life with the hashtag #AskDee.  Let's get started with our first topic, seeds! Seed Catalogs – Inspiration and Insight! Boots, gloves, and thinking about gardening have kept me warm this artic winter!  I am ready to trade it all in for mud boots, garden gloves, and the soft earth below my feet. In the meantime, we can start planning the garden. It’s not too early!  If you are like me, you have a pile of free Spring Seed Catalogs lying around the house; they are my source of inspiration and insight! To engage my girls, I give them a marker and a catalog. Their opinions are highly considered when planning the garden.  If they grow it, they are likely to eat it! I have listed a few of my favorites and hyperlinked each of them, so that it will be easy for you to start your own collection. If you like to shop online, sign up for their emails, too. In less than ten minutes, you can sign up for all five of these catalogs. Well worth the time! They bring sunshine to a snow-covered mailbox, and I could use a little sunshine right now. Burpee Gurney’s Jung Seeds & Plants Park Seed Gardener’s Supply Company Am I missing any…

My Garden Resolutions

Monday, January 6th, 2014
Whew, the Christmas season is exhausting! The tree is still up, suitcases sit full of dirty laundry, and new toys are strewn from one end of the house to the other. (more…)

Garden Spotlight: Sue Meggers & Hannah Ludwig

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Sue Meggers has gardened for many reasons over the course of her life.  When she was young, she gardened because her grandparents did.   (more…)