4 Reasons You NEED to garden with your kids. Gardening is rewarding and educational, but it has even more benefits than you probably realize!

Gardening is fun, and it is work. And you absolutely should do it with your kids. Here are 4 reasons you NEED to garden with your kids.


Last summer, we skipped having a garden (deployed husband, newborn). The year before, same story (deployed husband, baby, pregnant). But the year before THAT (husband home, pregnant) our garden was so fun. So since my husband was coming home, I planted another square foot garden this year. I posted about it on facebook (do you


On the first day of summer, my tomatoes celebrated by deciding to ripen a bunch of themselves at once! The red ones were turned into sauce already — which we ate over some chicken breasts with mozzarella cheese melted on top (like a non-breaded Chicken Parmesan). It was delicious and SO fresh-tasting. There was only


One thing about eating the way that we do — mostly meat, produce, eggs, and dairy — is that it makes it difficult to have a store of food ready in case of an emergency. On the east coast, that would mean hurricanes or tornadoes. Out here, that means possibly an earthquake (which my husband


One thing I had been curious about for a long time was the beet plant. I kept asking, “How many beets will one beet seedling make?” and no one could tell me… no book, no googling, etc. I guess the answer was, “Duh, one.” Now I know. I just didn’t know if it would be


Jealous yet? 3 squashes, one of which is hilariously bumpy 1 zucchini 1 cucumber, which was a total surprise to me A few stalks of broccoli A small banana pepper A small jalapeno pepper (figured I’d pick these peppers so the tiny plants can put more energy into GROWING a bit more first) Some basil


Here’s a quick run-down of the news in the garden these days. The pepper plants are all still very small, but some of them have peppers on them! Here are a couple green bell peppers. The jalapeno plant also has one tiny pepper, as does the banana pepper plant. The zucchini is overall doing well.


Thanks SO MUCH to Northern Monkey Girl for this comment on my last gardening post: Hey, about the broccoli, it sounds like you have the sprouting broccoli type rather than the calabrese? The calabrese is the one that forms one big head. The sprouting has become more fashionable over here recently, you just take several


So every time I take photos of the garden and then forget to post them, by the time I remember (even 2-3 days later) the garden has changed so much again that I have to take NEW pictures. That happened a couple times, and then this past week it was rainy and gloomy for several


Last year, I promised I’d be better about updating y’all on my garden. And so far, so good! My iPhone definitely helps – I can snap photos on it, edit them using my new favorite app, TiltShiftGen, and upload them with the (not so smooth, sometimes buggy) WordPress app. Then I just come over to


The plants are all doing pretty well. They look bright green and very happy – they get hours and hours of sunshine every day. The biggest tomato plant has a few yellow flowers on it, and everything else looks perky. These little guys poking up are the first of the basil. Grow, little green friends!


Yesterday I hit 20 weeks in this pregnancy. A lot of people will say, “Wow, 20 weeks! You’re halfway through! But that’s only part true… while a pregnancy may last 40 weeks on average, for some reason (as I mentioned before) it’s measured from the first day of the last menstrual period, so for the



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