Friday, May 2, 2014

Gardening with the Kiddos!

I am so excited about Spring! I love it! Here in Idaho Spring and Fall are definitely my favorite seasons with all the wonderful weather and nature's beautiful colors; Spring's flowers and Fall's leaves. Another thing I love about Spring....Gardening!! It is one of my favorite pass times. 

Growing up we almost always had a garden and I have to say working in the garden with my mom, brother and sister are some of my favorite memories. These are the kind of memories I want to pass on to my boys! There is something so gratifying about sitting down for a meal and knowing where it came from and all the hard work that went into it before it ended up on your plate or in your bowl.

I know many people could care less about organic and non-GMO, however I like knowing that my food is the same as it was over 100 years ago. Yes it is a lot more work and worth it all. So I did my research and found that the Natural Grocers in Boise, ID had a beautiful array of organic non-GMO seeds and I bought a lot of them…maybe too many but we will figure it all that out as we plot out the garden. I have some great ideas for vertical gardening (thank you Pintrest!)

So what are we planting? 
Scarlet Nantes carrots, White Libson onion, Crimson Sweet watermelon, Speckles Butterhead lettuce, Salad Bowl Blend lettuce leaf, Marvel of 4 Seasons Butterhead lettuce, Stevia, Minnesota Midget melon, Utah celery, Early Prolific Straightneck squash, Homemade Pickles cucumber, Blue Lake BP beans, Gold Rush BP beans, Royal Burgundy BP beans and Alfalfa sprouts! I'm so excited!

Here are my awesome helpers! Making the same memories I love so well!
(Excuse the messy shelf in the background, things are in messily organized mode, due to getting things ready for the move this summer. But who could resist such cuties in this picture? Not to mention that I could care less about a mess when my babies are making memories!)


I had a bit of a hard time getting them to stay still long enough to get clear pictures as they were so excited!


Quinton's latest smile, he takes after me I guess. I tend to smile so big I can't see! Ha!


All planted, labeled and watered!

If you are going to use cups as we did above make sure to poke wholes in the bottom of each cup to allow for draining and not over watering the seeds.

One thing I have found out about to keep an organic garden bug free...is to add bugs! Lady Bugs that is, they are great for keeping aphids at bay and like bees they help to pollinate your garden. It's best to get ones you can buy at a local nursery. Local lady bugs are more likely to make your garden their home if they are familiar with the environment.

Keep an eye here, on The Home of the Heaton's Blog, as I will be adding my next post all about how to keep your garden organic with out all the pesky pests.

Happy Spring all!!
God Bless,
Jacque Heaton

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