Spring Sneak Peak

Hello garden gals and guys! Yes, it's the first day of spring! Finally! I have to admit I was a little sad because we didn't really get any good snowstorms (I know...but I need just one good one each year) but I am glad that the cold weather is on its way out.

Spring means things are new again. Flowers are blooming, seedlings are growing, trees are opening their buds. In that spirit, I decided to do something new. You know that I have a YouTube channel, right? If you don't, well where have you been? :-)

Anyhow, my YouTube channel was on hiatus last year along with my blog. But I figured that I would make a new intro for my videos that I will be doing this growing season. And since it's the first day of spring, I thought I would give you all a sneak peak!

Pretty cool, right? I'm really looking forward to making some great videos for y'all! If you have any videos you would like to see done, just leave a comment! 
Until next time garden gals and guys.....
Happy far…

It's All in the Roots

Hello Garden Gals and Guys! Are you ready for spring? I know I am. As cold as it is outside, I can't believe spring is literally only a few days away. I'm really excited to back into my garden this year.

You know, I've been thinking about why I grow food. So, let me share a little story with you that my dad has shared with me. When I got into gardening 11 years ago, it was intended to be just a little summer project to teach my then toddler children where food came from. I had no idea it would grow into a passion.

When I would plant things, I made a lot of mistakes, but there were also some things that I just inherently knew. Both of my grandmothers loved to garden. My paternal grandmother had a farm in Crosby, Minnesota. My maternal grandmother and grandfather always had a garden as well, and they used to can a lot of what they grew.

When I think of farming, my mind wanders to cherished memories of being on my grandma's farm. I just would sit sometimes and stare out a…

Farmer Spotlight: Nick Ager

Hello garden gals and guys!! I hope you enjoyed your weekend even if it wasn't as warm as you wanted it to be. Spring is coming, just hang in there!

You may remember that every once in a while I feature someone who is into gardening to inspire you to get out there and have a garden of your own. You're never too young or too old to garden and Nick Ager proves that!

Who is Nick? Well, that's him right there to the left. He's one of my gardening buddies that lives near Ocean City, Maryland.

He was kind enough to take some time and do an interview with me. I think you'll find him inspiring. But don't take my word for it, read the interview below.

Do you mind me asking your age?

I will be 18 this May.

How and why did you get into gardening?

 So, ever since I was very young, about three or four, I was collecting seeds and somehow taking cuttings from plants in my yard and planting them all over the place. Both of my parents didn't grow gardens or even have any intere…

This Urban Gardening Project Needs Your Help

Hello Garden Gals and Guys!

I'm sending out a second post this week because there is an urgent situation. Remember last week's post about why you should grow some food? Do you also remember that I mentioned someone that I deeply respected in the gardening world? Well, I just found out that Ron Finley needs our help. Ron runs the Ron Finley Project.

The Ron Finley Project is headquartered in a food dessert in Los Angeles. It houses a huge edible community garden and various community projects.  The building he is operating out of was sold to a real estate investment firm and Ron now has two choices: purchase the building or move. Moving would be a very huge setback.

He has begun a gofundme page to raise the money to purchase the building. The amount is 500,000. That may seem steep, but if everyone contributes even just a little and shares with a friend, we can help him keep the Ron Finley Project going.

The Ron Finley Project

Here is a link to an article that tells all about who…

Why YOU Should Grow Some Food This Year

Hello garden gals and guys! I hope you enjoyed the spring-like weather we had this weekend. If for some reason you didn't get to, there's more on the way at the end of the week.

The warmer weather certainly has my wheels spinning about what I'm going to grow this season, especially since I took last year off. I really missed my garden.

Thinking about growing got me thinking about you all. Specifically, those of you that say you will start a garden ever year, but then find excuses not to.

See that guy in the picture to the left? His name is Ron Finley. If you've never heard of him, Google him. You won't be sorry that you did. That quote is one of my two favorites of his. His other one is (and I'm sorry for the curse word, but it's his quote) "grow some shit."  So, I want to tell you why should grow some of your own food this year.

First and foremost is because it IS therapeutic. Having a garden, however small or large, makes you slow down and take…

Getting Back Into Gardening!

Hello garden gals and guys!!!! Yes, it's been almost a year since my last blog post. As I look at this picture, I get so much joy thinking of how many hundreds of pounds of food I grew that year.

You may be asking me why I took a  year off from growing food. Well, I intended to garden last year. I started seeds and my little seedlings were doing well. But you also may recall that last spring was very wet and also unusually cold. Those two factors killed my seedlings (even though they were in the greenhouse in mid-May when it should have been warm enough for them to survive).

I woke up one morning and went out to check on my seedlings. They were all dead. We had an unusual cold snap overnight and they didn't survive. I was so frustrated and so hurt. I had started so many heirlooms from seed. I watched them grow in my laundry room. I put them out in the greenhouse at the same time as I did in years past. And they died.

I didn't want to buy seedlings from my local nursery. I…

You're Wiggling, Baby! A Worm Farm Comes to Fat Earth!

I have a confession to make: I do NOT like worms. They're wriggly and slimy and GROSS. But boy do they do a lot for my garden soil, so I have learned to get over my fear. Okay, not really, but I don't jump ten feet when I come across them anymore.

Any how, you may be wondering why I am talking about worms. Well, I have been wanting to try vermicomposting for years, but I just didn't have the opportunity to get around to it. But when I happened to find a worm factory on Craigslist for 45.00, I quickly snatched it up. That's the square orange containers you see stacked on the left there. (I also made a visit to my local co-op and picked up some broccoli seedlings, seed starter mix to start my seeds, and those buckets were less than a dollar a piece!)

I'm not the best at turning my compost, so I figured this is the second best way to make use of my food scraps. I'll let the worms do all the work. I love that the lid has instructions on how and what to feed the wo…