Vegetable Gardening

5 Easy to Grow Superfoods

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 in Blog, Eat Green, Grow Green, Square Foot Gardening, Vegetable Gardening

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5 Easy to Grow SUPERFOODS

 

Have you wanted to start a garden, but you’re not sure what plants to start with?   With the right growing foundation,  anyone can have success with these 5 easy to grow superfoods! If you are new to gardening, you can easily grow these 5 SUPERFOODS with harvests from Spring to Fall and the Winter Squash will keep for several months after harvest in the perfect conditions. Leafy greens are easy to grow and a powerhouse superfood full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.

  1. Spinach:  This is a cool weather plant and one of the first to add to the garden. High in Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin K,  Vitamin A and a great source for iron.
  2. Kale: This green powerhouse superfood is easy to grow and is a great cool weather option extending through the Summer and Fall.  Kale is high in Potassium,  Vitamin A, C and B-6 and a great leafy green source of protein.
  3. Swiss Chard: A great source for magnesium, Vitamin A and C.  Beautiful color and so easy to grow.
  4. Winter Squash:  This one requires a bit more space, but worth growing due to the lasting storage.  High in fiber,  potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and B-6. Butternut, Acorn or Spaghetti Squash are the easiest to grow and bumper crops will keep giving back over the winter months.
  5. Romain Lettuce:  Seasonal superstar for spring and fall crops, high in Vitamin K, A and Folate

If you aren’t into growing these 5 easy to grow superfoods, definitely find a local organic source, like a local farmer’s market to add these to your diet for nutrition and to meet the daily requirements of fruits and veggies servings.

See you in the garden,

Lori

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June in the Garden

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 in Blog, Grow Green, Square Foot Gardening, Vegetable Gardening

It’s early June in the garden, with traveling, it’s exciting to come home and see what’s popping in the perennial garden and what’s ready to harvest in the veggie garden!

Of course, there were lots of weeds!  Weeding is therapy, right?

This is the first year I’ve had success growing spinach and it just went crazy and bolted while I was traveling.  Bummer, I missed the harvest and treat of growing my own.  I invited several friends to stop by and pick their own so it didn’t go to waste.  Sharing, hands down, is one of my favorite things about gardening.

The broccoli bloomed and I miss the harvest, but check out the lettuce!

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Aeroponic Tower Garden Lettuce

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Edible front yard garden. Needs a little weeding, ya think?

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Beets.

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Green beans.

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Corn.  This is my first year at attempting corn.  My neighbor was taught by his father who is 93 and still gardening.  Apparently, starting in milk cartons early is the way to go with the short growing season in Colorado.  I’m not having much success.

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Garlic

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Onion blooms.

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Moon and stars watermelon.

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Perennial blooms in the June garden.

Allium past blooms, but still adding texture and color to the garden.

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Clematis.

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Clematis.

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Bellflower.

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Penstemon

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Chocolate Flower.  Smells best in the morning and like Hershey’s Chocolate.

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 Jupiter’s Beard

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 Oriental Poppy. The poppies are my favorite!

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 Dianthus

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What’s in bloom in your garden?

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Lori

 

 

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Tower Garden Safety

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 in Blog, Eat Green, Grow Green, Tower Garden, Vegetable Gardening

Safety?  In the garden? When growing a Tower Garden, keep safety in mind.  The Tower Garden grows with electricity and electricity and water are not a a good mix!! Be sure to have the proper safety measures in place when setting up your Tower Garden.  Have a ground fault electrical plug and keep the extension cord wires off the ground.  I came across this camping idea which is a perfect solution for the Tower Garden.

 

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Photo Credit:  Farm Journal

Supplies Needed:

1 bucket (I picked up a 5 gallon bucket from the big box store)

1 drill bit

1 U clamp (optional)

I decided on a 5 gallon bucket because it’s more sturdy than a sand bucket and I think it will handle the sun better too! This is an easy project to create safety around your Tower Garden!

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Lori

 

 

 

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Introduction to Square Foot Gardening Webcast

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 in Blog, Grow Green, Square Foot Gardening, Vegetable Gardening

www.LiveLifeWhole.comHave you always wanted to learn to grow your own garden but you don’t know where to start?

Let us show you how to SQUARE FOOT GARDEN!!  

Join us for a webcast on April 5 at 9 am MST or April 8 at 7pm MST  to learn about Garden to Table – Square Foot Gardening

Please RSVP on Live Life Whole Gardeners Meetup

SQUARE FOOT GARDENING Webcast

No Weeding, No Digging, No Tilling, No Kidding!

Learn how to garden using this simple, inexpensive, yet very productive method. The ten basics of SFG and how to implement them will be taught.

– Why a home garden – fresh vegetables, preparedness, family values .

– What is Square Foot Gardening? A simple, productive gardening system that adapts to all levels of experience, physical ability and geographical location.

– Saves on time, water, work and money.

– Garden Location – 6-8 hours of sun, away from trees, close to house, no puddling after rain.

We’ll cover these 10 concepts of Square Foot Gardening

1. Layout
2. Boxes
3. Aisles
4. Soil
5. Grid
6. Care
7. Select
8. Planting
9. Watering
10. Harvesting

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Lori

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Beyond Planting a Garden

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 in Blog, Garden Design, Grow Green, Square Foot Gardening, Vegetable Gardening

You spent the time, money, effort and may have a few sore muscles from prepping, creating and building your garden. Ahh! it’s done, right?

As I watched my recently rescued Great Pyrenees, in my garden digging a big hole, for the first time, I have  to consider obstacles beyond planting the garden. I have a digger! A big digger! Thank goodness I happened to be at the window and caught him before too much damage had been done!

To really create garden success, beyond planting, designing and watering, protect your garden and all of the energy put into creating by thinking of what other obstacles can impact your efforts.

Pets: As with my case, a digging pet, or maybe a pet that finds the garden a cool place to lay and crush your newly planted efforts. Or maybe a pet who eats the harvest {hey, veggies are good for them too}.

Squirrels & bunnies: Oh they are so cute, until the devour your lettuce patch or a squirrel takes just one bite out of every peach on your tree and nothing can be harvested.

Hail: In Denver, this is inevitable! I thought I made it through the growing season last year, then late September when most of the garden was close to harvest, we were hit with a hail storm lasting 1/2 hour.

One of the benefits of growing in raised garden oppose to traditional row garden, it’s easier to protect your crop with hoops and shade cloth.

Consider taking you garden preparation one more step, animal and hail protection!

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Lori

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March Gardening

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 in Blog, Grow Green, Vegetable Gardening

With much of the US still under snow and expecting more snow, starting a March gardening is probably not an option. Not to rub it in, but here in Denver, the soil is warm enough to plant.

A few varieties can be grown, it’s a start and an early start for me!   Typically, I start all of my garden planting May 15, the last frost date.   I’m not one to have the whole basement and every windowsill full of seedlings.  Quite honestly,  I just don’t have the patients or time to care for little seedlings nor do I want the disappointment if I forgot to tend to them one day.  Maybe next year will be a different story.  I’m  just delighted I’m getting a start 60 days earlier than my normal planting schedule.  I’m going to be more intentional about this garden season and compare to seasons in the past, especially with harvest and production.  No wonder I never had success with spinach, it was always too hot when I decided to plant on May 15!

Look what popped up from last year!

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It’s  warm enough for spinach and carrots!!

LiveLifeWhole.comThe carrots were planted late Summer and they survived the Winter.   The spinach was just a stray seed in the garden that decided to pop and grow!  When working in the garden this weekend, this was a pleasant surprise and is a perfect indication the soil is warm enough to plant cold hardy plants.

Lettuce, onion and parsnips can all be planted when the soil temperatures reach 35 degrees in your March garden.   In Colorado, we are looking good in zone 5a to get started. Use a soil thermometer if you are not sure if your soil is ready. You can find a soil thermometer at your local garden center, big box retailer or Amazon.

Just a little warmer temperature of 40 degrees,  you are ready to add a few more cold hardy plants.   Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi, Leeks, Spinach, Swiss Chard and Turnips can all be planted in a March garden.

Soil temperature chart source: CSU Master Gardener Program

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A few more things for garden preparation, of course,the key to a successful garden and early planting is prepared soil and creating a nutrient rich growing environment.  Fall soil preparation helps for early plantings. There is also the threat of more snow in March, so I’d recommend investing in hoops.  The are great for snow protection, but also hail protection, it’s definitely worth the investment!

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Lori

 

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