Growing up in Iowa, I was kind of an in-between kid. We didn’t live in the city and we didn’t own a farm. We lived in a ranch home on 10 acres. There was a period of time where we raised chickens and rabbits but that’s as much “farm” stuff as we did. Other than that, we had a beautiful garden filled with all kinds of produce that kids aren’t supposed to like. What kid loves rhubarb cobbler, cauliflower or raw asparagus? How many kids do you know that will gladly pluck a tomato off a vine and eat it right there or stalk the peas and beans to be able to eat them too? The memories of fresh produce always make me smile.
When I moved away from home, I didn’t have a garden. For several years I lived in an apartment and after that, the home we purchased was in a desert area and you can’t grow asparagus, corn and green beans in desert soil. When we relocated to Arcadia, California, I was thrilled to finally have produce in my back yard. While not a garden, we had fruit trees – a plum, Saturn peach, apple and pomegranate just to name a few. The neighbors had avocado, lemon and lime. Alas, it wasn’t until I moved back to Iowa that I had room in the yard to create a small version of the garden I grew up with. Seemed kind of odd to be trying to grow corn in our city back yard but tomatoes, carrots, onions and peppers were fair game. Hubby built some raised beds and we were on our way. I was so happy to finally have a garden to call my own. The newness and excitement of the garden is what encouraged me to blog about it way back then.
Every year since then, we have planted a garden. Not only does it provide fresh produce for our meals but also has been instrumental in teaching the kids the importance of eating well. However, I’ve never really sat down and shared on SahmReviews.com my feelings about gardening. There really hasn’t been anything that ignited the passion to share about it… until I read an article on the P&Geveryday website. It was the most unlikely place for me to find articles on gardening yet there they were: tips on watering (which we struggle with each year as we travel), creating your own DIY seed tape and even why you need a garden in the first place. Yes, yes and yes. Great information! It’s just the inspiration I needed to want to share about my lovely garden!
It kind of surprised me to find gardening information on P&Geveryday. I mean, the brands are all household and cleaners and whatnot. Yet their site is all about everyday stuff (hence the name, I guess) and not only includes the obvious – cleaning – but also some pretty delicious-looking recipes, tips on food preparation, crafts, health/wellness, COUPONS and much, much, MUCH more.