Join MySurvey and get Rewarded for giving your Opinion!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Gardening - My new hobby

As many of my readers know, I have started a backyard garden. Yes, the Grantham family is going "Green". I finally got the family to watch Food, Inc. and encourage you to do so if you haven't already watched it. At the very least it will make you aware of things, and hopefully encourage you to change.
My husband is now on board with buying grass-fed beef and organic milk and eggs!

So, our garden started to see what we could do to be healthier and also allows us to know exactly where our food comes from and what is in it. Sophie really wants to raise chickens now, but we have explained that the two dogs (a golden retriever and a catahoula leopard) enjoy chasing and eating flying feathered creatures.

Here's an update on the garden:
We had our first "infestation" issue. I am posting pictures and would love it if you could help me figure out what it is. I've tried some EcoSmart spray and ladybugs, in the hopes that it is aphids or mites. There's also a "black" powder-like substance on my peppers.

BUT - I have my FIRST tomato!!!! Yes, like a proud mother, I am posting pictures of it's growth! Will it last? Will the birds eat it? I don't know. But I am grateful for the small green orb that is in my garden right now.

This year is a learning experience, and that's just what I am doing.

1 comment:

  1. i'm curious to see how your gardening turns out. we, too, have a golden, but his "special interest" is digging rather than flying creatures. for that reason, i knew it would be fruitless to use my time planting things for him to quickly dig up. i have thought about container gardening, though.

    also, a friend was asking me about beef. i only buy from sprouts but can't remember why their beef is higher quality?? i think you've blogged about this before. if so, can you remind me?