Posts Tagged ‘beginnings’

Growing an organic garden is one part of my life but it doesn’t give the whole picture of what we’re trying to achieve at our house. Ever since both our kids were referred to an endocrinologist for their accelerated growth symptoms earlier this year, we’ve become much more serious about the things to which we expose our family and the habits we pass on to our kids.

We haven’t perfected everything…and there is so much to adjust to, I don’t know if we’ll ever get there. Some habits are hard to break. We still need to move to a more natural way of living, so that’s why I want to share the whole enchilada – like trying homeopathic remedies, alternatives to store-bought cleaning solutions, and other safe and responsible ways of living in general. Hopefully this opens the door to learning more from all of you too!

My pledge to those who stop by my little corner of the blogosphere…the goal of providing value in what I share won’t change. I’m just going to expand my perspective a bit as there is so much more to explore, learn and discuss with all of you. Know other blogs that discuss topics like this? Share them! I’d love to see what others are doing to create a healthy family environment.

I invite you to visit here often – and follow me on Twitter if you would like an extra dose! Have a great Saturday!


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We’re almost one week into our garden, and like the title says, we have a very promising beginning. Our simple green space is just that – a little more green.

So far we’ve planted all of the plants we purchased from the nursery, and also planted seeds for a mixture of lettuce (this did really well in last year’s garden), pole beans, sunflowers – because they are beautiful!

Not sure if it’s the right time for sunflowers, but the girls really wanted to plant them, so why not! Ryan also spread mulch over most of the no-weed cloth we put down. Hoping that cloth will really keep the tedious task of weeding to a minimum. To secure the cloth, hangers from the dry cleaner came in really handy. Just cut them in a few pieces and voila! You have a new use for those hangers that usually end up in the trash!

We also invested in new drip lines. Since we’re using reclaimed water, we don’t want to spray the plants directly so the drip lines are a good approach. Attached to the drip line is a timer so watering will be a no-brainer. That was our downfall last year – we just didn’t make time to water and the garden was totally neglected. Since so much has been invested this time around I’m feeling really optimistic about how it will all turn out.

What tips or tricks do you do to ensure a good start to your garden?

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