Written on April 9, 2011 at 1:00 am , by Annie M.
Spring time! The new buds are forming on my redbud trees and the baby birds are chirping in nests outside my window. I look outside and get excited about digging into the earth growing my very own organic produce. Today, April 12th, is Home Farming Day so it’s the perfect time to get started on this year’s home farm.
I am joining Triscuit and Better Homes & Gardens’ Home Farming Challenge with two other bloggers. Together, we will show you 3 different ways to make your home farm grow – in containers, on a raised bed, and me – in a ground plot. I’ll be showing in video and photographs my joys and challenges of working the ground here in Kansas and in the end I’ll show you all the food I was able to harvest!
Growing your own food has so many benefits. It can save you money, provide hands on education for your children, give stress relief and provide a boost of self-confidence as you see at the end how much you were able to grow!
Living on 20 acres, you might think I am a regular farmer. But we live in the woods. Woods means lots of trees and roots and lots of shelter for the precious (hungry) deer. This has brought challenges and last year was a huge learning experience (read: disappointment). We discovered what grows easily (peppers) and what takes more care and protection from deer (tomatoes and watermelons).
This year we are going to construct a strong fence to keep Bambi’s relatives out of our home farm and I invite you to join me on my journey to grow baskets of veggies. And I have great news for you! There is an awesome sweepstakes going on at HomeFarming.com where you will have the chance to win $1,000 for the ultimate home farm! This is going on from April 12th-25th, so hurry on over and enter. As you are entering that sweepstakes, I hope you will join me in planting your own home farm. So good for you and so much fun!
-Annie Mama Dweeb
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