Sustainable Saturday - Gardening with Children: A Series Documenting our Garden 2010 - Getting Started

Several years ago my husband gave me a book, Gardening with Children by Beth Richardson.  It contains many wonderful ideas including tips on planting the garden, composting, organic gardening, theme gardens, creating a garden plan and family garden projects just to highlight a few.  

We live in a time of prepackaged foods, even fruits and vegetables. Growing our own food is not only a way to save money for our family, but we are teaching life lessons about where food comes from, how to grow it and what it looks like in the raw.

Over the course of the next few weeks and months, I am going to document starting our garden and eventually reveal all the fruits (& vegetables) of our labor.  I will also discuss topics such as gardening with children, starting plants from seeds, getting started composting and building a raised garden bed just to name a few. 

So far this season, we have made our list and planted a few seeds.

I plan to use Gardener's Supply Garden Planner to plan out our garden beds this year.  We currently have a 4 foot x 8 foot raised garden bed and 4 - 4 foot x 8 foot garden areas.  I have created a rough list of what we will grow this year.  My new goal for this year is to can a portion of our harvest for enjoyment into the colder months.

We plan to grow:
  • Broccoli
  • Cantelope
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Pumpkins
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Squash
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
 Are you interested in growing a garden, but not sure where to start?  

Annie's Organics has released a FREE resource:  Growing Organic (GO) for Healthy Living

Are you interesting in growing Organic fruits and vegetables, but have been deterred by the increased cost of Organic seeds?  

The Home Depot is having a sale thru Sunday, March 21 in which all their Ferry Morse Organic Seed packets on sale B1G1 free (in store only).  Thanks! Organic Deals & Coupons
This deal appears to not be available in Columbus, Ohio.   According to my local Home Depot, this deal is not available anywhere in the country currently.  However, Home Depot does carry the Ferry Morse Organic Seeds for $2.27 and Burpee Organic Seeds for $1.49.  The Organic Burpee Seeds are only $0.20 more than the regular!

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