Friday, April 1, 2011

Homeschool Village's Garden Challenge 1

So since I have some garden plans at the moment, I thought it would be the perfect excuse  time to join in the fun of this Garden Challenge. When you register you get a free preschoolers pack and I thought that sounded like fun for Miss Zip and even Ethi. I am the first to admit that I do not have a green thumb! The gardens have always been Brett's domain BUT I really, really want to learn! My overall goal with the garden this year was to become more invloved. The kids already pitch in whenever Brett is in the garden and help out doing bits and pieces (and they love it!) But I've never really known what to do, how to do it or really where to start. So I thought this would be a great way to educate myself and the munchkins on how to be more involved in our goal of someday moving towards self-sufficiency. Hey, gotta start somewhere right?!?!

Ok so here's the plan. This is what the old herb garden used to look like 18 months ago...neat, weeded, and space there ready for herbs to grow. We did this as a family project one weekend. And we did grow them successfully.

This is what it looks like now...hmmmm.....overgrown, heaps of weeds, things needing a cut back + replanting needed too!

The plan is:

1. To overhaul the herb garden - separating it nicely into sections for various herbs.
2. Have labels so we can all learn which herbs are which. Aldi have these cute terracotta herb labels on special this week for $1.99 each so my plan is to grab a couple.

Gardenline Terracotta Herb Plant Label
3. Brett is currently moving all the raised garden beds in the backyard (changing their direction so they get more sunlight) and my plan is simply for me and the kids to help him with that in anyway we can.

4. He has also been making several frames like this (below) to be the frame for one of the beds which he wants to convert into a greenhouse this winter. The plan with this is for me and the kids to be more involved with the construction of the greenhouse too. 
5. We have some seeds here that need planting; purple carrots, purple beans, butternut pumpkin and my loofas (which will need a trellis) but they can't be planted till Spring (it's autumn here so we need to plant some other winter vegies instead!) We might have another go at Mizuna and pop in some Lettuce, Chinese Cabbage, Leek, Spring Onions, Watercress.

Well, basically that is the plan so far!

Resources to use are:

Isabell Shipard's new book on Self Sufficiency and Survival Foods

A little book my mum had years + years ago and gave me recently called 'The Small Farm Handbook'.

We will also go to the library and get some garden books specifically for the kids to be inspired by.
We'll be reading through this one called 'Gardening - How to Grow things' by Diana Gribble and Hilary McPhee. It's an old fave of ours.

Check out the cute the illustrations and step by step layout for the kids.

It's also time we tried to make a concious effort to finish reading through Farmer Boy - from the Little House on the Prairie Series. We've been having this as our family read aloud for such a long time and while we love it, we just seem to have gotten out of a regular kind of reading time. So we'll try and put that back into place and maybe do some of the Farmer Boy Lapbook activities.

Farmer Boy


The whole idea is that this will be a whole family affair! We will all pitch in where possible (mind you at 19 weeks pregnant, I won't be doing too much heavy lifting that's for sure!) and we'll all learn more together.

If you want to join in, just go across to HERE and link up :)

                                                                  More another time,


Sigalit Chana said...

Yes, learning together, that is the point isn't it =) Shabbat Shalom! May Yah bless the works of your hands, and give you sweet rest on His Shabbat!

Zonnah said...

How exciting to be getting a green house! Can't wait to see your progress.

Dmarie said...

what an exciting plan! best of success!

Layton Family Joy said...

wow - the plan "so far" looks great!

glad to give you an excuse (clearing throat) time to garden with us!!


Michelle said...

Lusi, that is great that your husband gardens ~ and that you are willing to learn! You will do great! =)

Enid said...

Whoo hooo I am loving the green house project,can't wait to see th eprogress//!

Susan said...

Oh, I love those little markers! My son enjoys growing our herbs. I can't wait to see the progress on your greenhouse! Thanks for joining in!
Next link up is April 28th 10am EST
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