Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Welcome!

Hello everyone, so glad to have you here!
Let me start by telling you a little about myself and this project.

I am a wife to an awesome man of 25 years, a mother to 19 fur babies (13 are rescues). I love animals and all things gardening. I am a jewelry designer, Artist and crafts person.

I was born a city girl but despite living in the city my parents were very avid gardeners.  At our summer property "Up North" in Michigan, they would put in a garden of several acres and planted almost everything imaginable.  They always planted at least 200 tomato plants.  My Mom canned everything.  I didn't realize it then but we were pretty lucky :)
When I was young I never wanted any part of gardening and surely didn't want to get dirt under my nails, lol. Also, after seeing a few garden snakes out there I said no way to gardening. 
Now, much older, out of the city and trying to grow my own produce, I wish that I had listened and learned what they were trying to teach me.

Seeing a great need and feeling a responsibility to start providing our family with healthy, organic veggies and fruit, we built a greenhouse and I started gardening 2 years ago.  I have a true desire to help us become self sustainable and help provide to others in need.  Gardening is one way I can do that.
It's time for humanity to start giving back to the land and not just take from it.
I still have a lot to learn and hope that by sharing in this blog, we can all "grow" together, pun intended :)

The Growing The Seeds Of Love idea came to me when I was trying to figure out what I could do right now to help others in need.  Hunger is a huge problem all over the world and there is something we can ALL do to help.
This projects purpose is to challenge everyone to start growing their own organic food for themselves and grow extra to help at least one person or family in need.  It doesn't matter if you live in a big city or out in the country.  Everyone can grow something.  Container gardens are extremely popular and work well in spots that just don't have much space.

So come on everyone, get those seeds started and start Growing The Seeds Of Love for you and your family and someone in need.

I would love to share your stories and photo's of growing and sharing your bounty over the coming months so please send them to me so I can publish them on this blog.

I hope that all of you are inspired to help others and follow your bliss, your passion for that truly is our life's purpose <3

These photo's are of our first year trying hydroponics.  My husband built a hydroponics table and we were able to grow several kinds of lettuce, spinach, chard and kale on it.



Our first crop of rhubarb red swiss chard from the hydroponics table, Yum!


4 comments:

  1. Thank you for inviting me to read your awesome blog and to take part in some small way! I was born and raised on a vegetable farm where we grew acres of produce and took down to the Eastern Market in Detroit to sell. Plus, us grandkids had our very own "roadside stand" where we sold everything from fresh eggs, produce, canned items, jam and the ever popular lemonade! We learned many "retailing" skills running that stand...some of my happiest childhood memories! We'll be trying our hand at Straw Bale Gardening this year since our Missouri soil is SO poor. I've been doing a lot of reading and planning! Joe and I are also members of our local Lions Club and plan on starting a small garden on the grounds there so we can help the Seniors in our area that are not food secure. We hope to get some of the local kids involved in helping and learning so they can try their hand in their own yards. I look forward to keeping you informed as to our progress with both projects!

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  2. What wonderful memories Mel! I think most of us are longing for simpler times like that again and also the knowing where our food comes from.
    It's a lot of work but so gratifying.
    I love that you are going to be starting a garden to help the Seniors in your area! I think getting the kids involved in that project is a wonderful idea. We need some more generations of farmers, gardeners and guardians/keepers of the earth. Thanks so much for sharing your story and your plans and please do keep us updated <3

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  3. Lisa.... awesome... I am not a gardener either but you are so right how hard can it be to plant a few veggies and share with those in need!! I am sharing you post!

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    1. Thanks so much Mona and it is wonderful to see you! I miss you my friend <3
      My tomatoes that I did in 5 gal. containers outside last year produced so well it was amazing. I am going to be canning this year but we will still have plenty to give away.
      Hugs to you!

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