Archive for the ‘Keeping up with the Joneses’ Category

Seniors Mentoring Soldiers

Originally I was going to run a contest as a way of announcing the grand opening of our new online store. But something much more important came up. On this Memorial Day, let us not only remember the fallen veterans, let us also give back to those who have returned. Specifically to a group of [...]

May 25, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things, Keeping up with the Joneses  One Comment

8 Edible Plants You Can Grow as a Wall

If you are looking for a little seclusion in your yard, as we are here in this Before picture, there are a number of edibles you can grow to form a wall of sorts. The bed above will give us some privacy this summer, when we are tending to the garden. We live next door [...]

May 19, 2015  Tags: , ,   Posted in: Garden Projects, Keeping up with the Joneses  No Comments

Decorating Your Garden

Whether you are growing flowers or food, or likely both, it is fun to add some decoration to your garden area. That is why I jumped at the chance to have a blog post sponsored by LTD. Commodities. They let me choose a few things to keep and/or give away, plus a gift certificate as [...]

May 16, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things  32 Comments

5 Great Reasons to Grow a Pixie Grape

Okay, so we know this Pixie Grape is still a wee plant, but we wanted to share info about it in case you want to get your hands on one as well. So use your imagination, and picture this: 1. This variety grows best in a container, even small ones. So, even if your garden [...]

May 4, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Fruits, Preparedness & Green Living, Techniques & Issues, You Can Grow That!  No Comments

Gardening with Allergies

If you or someone you know has an issue with gardening due to allergies, you should seriously check out this book. In it, respected author and horticulturist Thomas Leo Ogren explains how some plants produce a great deal of pollen, others produce little or none, and some even remove pollen from the air. Mr. Ogren [...]

April 25, 2015  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things  One Comment

My Garden Can Beat Up Your Garden

Note: This post originally was published in June, 2010. This repost is a tribute to our daughter, who is about to graduate college with numerous honors and awards. She will also be attending a prestigious University to pursue her master degree in the fall. This has always been my favorite post. My youngest daughter and [...]

April 18, 2015  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: Keeping up with the Joneses, Kids & Gardening  No Comments

The Parsnips Experiment Conclusion

Part 1 Part 2 Here’s the recap: In the spring of 2013 we planted parsnip seeds in our Zone 5/6 garden. That fall, we harvested some of the roots and left others to overwinter. In the spring of 2014 we harvested some of those roots, and left a few to go to seed. Since we [...]

April 12, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Parsnips, Preparedness & Green Living, The Experiments  No Comments

9 Ways to Teach Children About Food

Recently I was at the local grocery buying some fresh produce. Let me tell you, it was hard; but I needed to have fresh for a reason and everything at home is preserved right now. There was a young man checking me out, and he really wasn’t looking at what anything was, just at the [...]

March 28, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Kids & Gardening, Preparedness & Green Living  No Comments

Gardening & The 7 Dimensions of Wellness

A wonderful site called Bonbon Break was looking for submissions recently on the topic “Fill Your Bucket”. They had partnered with a really cool company named OurPact that produces an Ap that parents can use to limit their kid’s e-interaction time. Hmmm…. I wonder if it works for adult kids. Anyway, I had been thinking [...]

March 24, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Gardening People, Places & Things, Keeping up with the Joneses  No Comments

The Unexpected Tomato Experiment

In all our years of gardening, this is the first time we have seen this. The tomatoes pictured above are Pineapple tomatoes, the seeds of which were started Feb. 24th. The larger plant sprouted just 9 days later on March 5th. After about 10 days it was ready to be transplanted to this larger container. [...]

March 22, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: The Experiments  9 Comments