This is a quick update and tour of our zone 7 urban Oklahoma backyard farm where we’re attempting to grow most of the vegetables for our family of 6!
As I wrote about in an earlier post about why we started From Seed to Spoon, the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children garden is a very special project to us. I used to drive to myself crazy thinking and reading about the news and trying to keep up with everything going on the world. I gave all that up and now dedicate that time towards things like this website, our own gardens, and helping others grow food. […]
If you’re anything like me, the thought of ticks makes my skin crawl. Unfortunately, it’s something we have to live with, especially in our situation when we are outside so often and go camping frequently. After a day of removing nearly 20 ticks from our small 10 pound dog (which led me to having nightmares all night), you could say that I was motivated to find a solution! We have experimented and researched all kinds […]
We’ve been planting tomatoes over the past month and Mary wanted to help me get the last few in the ground. Then we came back through the next day and mulched them to help with water retention. We should have plenty of tomatoes if all goes well!
We moved out “raised beds on legs” over to the east side of the house so they’ll be shaded from the afternoon sun. We planted 4 rows of beans in each using the square foot gardening spacing of 9 per square foot. After planting them, we moved our PVC dome’s over and replaced the plastic sheeting with insect netting that’ll hopefully keep bugs out and provide a bit of a break from the sun as well. […]
It’s too hot now to use the water jugs for wind protection so it’s time to build a shade/windbreak wall. Brooklyn and I were able to build this in less than 10 minutes using materials we already had laying around.
I talked about not using mulch as being one of our biggest rookie mistakes a few months ago. To find out just how big of a difference it makes in the surface temperature of the soil, I took our temperature gun out to the gardenl. I didn’t quite expect this dramatic of a difference in mulched vs non-mulched areas!
We hosted a tour of our garden for a local Meetup group of gardeners and recorded it for everyone that wasn’t able to make it. It’s longer than our typical videos (and the audio is a little shaky) but details pretty much everything about how we converted our lawn into garden space, what we’re doing now, and what we plan to do next.
Note: I wrote the story below last year before we started the blog. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately and wanted to share. I’ve found mindfulness to be a key component to battling anxiety and depression and I hope this helps someone out there. Last Christmas Eve we found out my wife Carrie was pregnant. Life couldn’t have been better. 14 days later I agonized in the hospital waiting room as the love […]