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Growing Vegetables – Nancy Style

May 31, 2009

I admit right now that I am trying with all my might to grow our vegetables as naturally as possible. I do not want to use any pesticides or chemicals – I believe that the vegetables will taste better.

We do have some of the richest soil/compost you could imagine – if you live in the St. Louis/Belleville Area you can pick some up for $1.00 a bag and we’ll even help bag it for you and provide the bag! It is brown kraft paper that our feed comes in and it is awesome to use in your compost pile or to lay down before you put topsoil down. The worms love it and it will bio-degrade right back into the soil.

I receive my second copy of Mother Earth News and I am going to try green beans next year. I wanted to start with a couple of easy plants to begin my own journey into gardening. It may not be the prettiest garden around but it works for us at the moment.

I am excited to announce that we do have little peppers starting to grow! They are like miniatures they are so little but they will get bigger.

A gentleman that picks up manure at our barn brought a whole load of Hostas that he had thinned out of his flower bed – I took 10-12 plants to plant at the house. These are like $6.99 each at the garden shop! He gave me one two years ago and it is so big and beautiful this year – I’ll need to get it in a bigger planter at the end of this year – I’m going to let him take it and divide it for me – I’m scared to try that for fear I’ll kill it! Our begonias are just beautiful at the barn and put some color right on the barn.

It’s funny where we put our garden there is a small crop of winter wheat growing and a couple of stalks of corn! I’m going to plant some flowers that attract the honey bees. I’m going to do a separate post about what we all can do to help the honey bees survive – without honey bees we would not have pollination and farmers would be out of crops as they would die.

Support your local bee farmer by purchasing local honey – it will really help your allergies if you ate a teaspoon a day of local honey.

I’ll keep you posted on our newest plants – Joe’s wife patty started them from seeds and he had no room for these so we got about 10 -12 plants – I’m going to get some buckets to put these in.
I won’t need anything else as I’ll use the composted soil we have at the barn.

Well, gotta get going to the barn – have 4 stalls to clean and a dirty girl to brush (Kit rolled in the mud!)

Take care and please – if you have any suggestions – don’t be shy – leave me a comment.


3 Responses to Growing Vegetables – Nancy Style

  1. Jodi on June 1, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    Hi there Nancy, I just wanted you to know I am thinking of you. Good luck with your garden honey, keep me posted on it, please! I hope all is well with you and your family honey. I’ve missed you, and all of my online buddies. And now I am going to really be busy with this class for church for the next ten weeks, and I also think I am going to start serving at my church, just not sure in what area quite yet. Have a wonderful day sweetie, and God bless.


  2. Jennifer on June 4, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    I got a subscription to Mother Earth News for christmas and I LOVE it! I have learned so much. Good luck with your garden.

  3. Nancy on June 5, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    Jodi – Thank you so much! You are such a good friend and I will stop by and visit – Thanks for stopping by the Ranch.

    Jennifer – I love my Mother Earth News and Hobby Farms magazines – I'm really learning alot from the magazines. Thanks for stopping by the Ranch!

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