Agriculture, Family, Farming, Gardening, Health, Livestock

Always grow love

I love plants. They are simple, they encourage progress, and attention to detail. Sometimes I wish I could change the term “green thumb” into “green heart” because believe it or not, your plant or garden only does as well as the love you have for it.

I promise I’m not crazy.

This year, as our garden gets more established, I’m learning more and more the “how to’s” of gardening. I feel like I want to share these with you guys because I want to encourage anyone I can to get involved in horticulture.

It’s something great to do with the kiddos and they really do learn a lot of good lessons when working with plants. It’s a good place to start.

Speaking of places to start, here is a photo of our garden right before the season began

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Nothing too pretty – over the winter months we fertilized our garden with the manure and shavings from our chicken coops (hints the sandy color of the untilled soil).

I have a dream of building a modest greenhouse so that we can start our own plants from seedlings during the colder Ohio months but until that happens, we take the trip to a local nursery and purchase most of our garden plants.

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This photo shows our progress during the planting process.

The first bed has radish seeds, white onion, and carrot seeds. The second bed has a couple zucchini plants, egg-plant, and cabbage.

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Our third and final bed has five tomato plants, one mini cherry tomato plant, four jalapeño plants, and one italian grilling pepper plant.

In an effort to conserve space and maximize our resources, we have also incorporated veggies in planters this year.

This is the first year that we have tried planters, and I am in love. They are so easy to care for, and to weed.

In planters this year we have butter crunch head lettuce (pictured above) spring mix leaf lettuce, and tender pod green beans (all pictured below).

I have learned a few good tips so far this year that I think would be worth sharing. I’ve learned some of these through personal experience as well as from other gardening enthusiasts.

  1. The soil in pots and planters dries out quicker than ground soil. Water these more often.
  2. Water your garden vegetables every day, preferably the same time every day.
  3. Weeding and pulling dead or dying parts off of the plant makes all the difference. Anything that can steal nutrients from the plant, get rid of it.
  4. Don’t ever plant your beans or peas near your onions, trust me just don’t.

Every year that goes by the more that our garden means to me. It’s a place to unwind as much as it is a place to make memories that will last forever.

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Thanks for listen to my rambles about dirt and chicken manure. Lets always do our best to grow love more than anything else.

-mag

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