The Machine Shed Gardening Book provides many helpful tips about growing a garden.  Growing up in town, we had a garden big enough to provide some fresh vegetables for a few meals.  It was more of my dad’s project providing him some outside time after working in the factory than anything else.  We had enough tomatoes for BLT’s , potatoes, and green beans.  THEN, I married a farmer who grew up with a garden that provided enough to can!  In fact, my first visit to the farm – his mother and sister were canning carrots(which at that time I did not care for cooked carrots) – so guess what was for dinner that day???   Well, I began gardening too and learning the art of canning/preserving.  I find it a bit amusing today with the “new” movement in gardening – as my mother -in-law has been gardening for over 60+ years.  She is one of the people who could probably give much more advice on gardening than I will ever be able to .  Another person who is very knowledgeable and wise when it comes to gardening is Jacob.  For the last few years he has planned, purchased, and planted our vegetable garden with his sister’s assistance.  He likes to have help with weeding!!!  NOT FUN!  I just have to remind myself that it DOES TASTE GOOD IN THE WINTER and of course fresh from the garden.  BLT season simplifies meal planning and we can always do something with zucchini.

Essential advice for the gardener: grow peas of mind, lettuce be thankful, squash selfishness, turnip to help thy neighbor, and always make thyme for loved ones. ~Author Unknown

Spring Produce

Spring Produce

Many schools across the country are adopting the new trend of growing a school garden.  In addition to teaching  gardening skills using the hands on approach,  gardening also provides the opportunity to teach other skills.  For example,  a garden requires care, patience, responsibility, and guidance.  Following are a few links to gardening curriculum that I have seen used  in the classroom as well as with 4-H programs.

The Iowa State Publications site also provides many helpful resources and information about gardening.

Iowa State University Extension Publications

Growing in the Garden

Growing in the Garden Curriculum for K-3.

Where We Live

Where We Live curriculum for grades 4 -6.

Christian Gardening                                                                                                                                                  The Christian Kids’ Gardening Guide

Jacob Grandpa in garden

Jacob’s love for gardening began at an early age as the helped Grandpa B. in the garden.

Jacob with the champion jumbo zucchini at the 2013 Iowa State Fair.

Little Emily Garden

Emily with her first vegetable exhibits at the county fair.

Emily Cabbage Kristen

Waiting for the FFA Parade of Champions at the 2013 Iowa State Fair


One of the healthiest ways to gamble is with a spade and a package of garden seeds. ~Dan Bennett

What I really can’t wait to do is PLANT FLOWERS!!  I have a huge stack of magazines with sticky notes and I am planning to make my shopping list this week!!  It is TIME to get serious about that!

Have fun gardening!!


2 thoughts on “LET’S GROW A GARDEN!

  1. Tomatoes fresh from the garden are so delicious! BLTs are am amazingly easy, fast and good summer time supper for us too. For the last few years I’ve primarily have just done a salsa garden with a few extras. I love canning salsa and pizza sauce at the end of the summer. Thanks for sharing your post on my Garden Link-up!

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