My sweet celiac and youngest, Izzy

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Garden...Sustainable Living

This year we have tried our hand at gardening.  We've always had herbs in pots but this year we decided to go all out and teach the kids about what healthy organic food is all about.  We live a healthy food lifestyle but growing it ourselves???? I thought no way can I keep anything else alive other than the kids and the dogs;). my surprise, we have had an entire garden all summer, including surviving in the worst heat we've ever seen.  This year we have grown  tomatoes, corn, summer squash, spaghetti squash, mint, sage, rosemary, basil, and now pumpkins and watermelon.  When we started it, it was an easy thought to run out and grab something to deal with aphids on the tomatoes.....I insisted that if we were doing this, doing this and teaching our children that we would use NOTHING that was not safe and healthy for the kids.  So I researched what the best way to treat Aphids naturally was....lets see: there are lady bugs, there is a couple of drops of dawn dish detergent in some water sprayed onto the aphids a few times and there is the 3 TBSP of minced garlic soaked in olive oil for 3 days and added to the same dawn water you have leftover. 

This is just the beginning of our amazing adventure in gardening:).  Stay tuned but how cool is it that we have a pumpkin patch in our back yard?????:)

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