5 Things My Grams Taught Me About Gardening

Gardening Tips

When I was a kid, in the 70’s, I never really realized the importance of having a garden.

All I knew was that my Grams grew one, and I had to help her strip the beans of those awful strings, and then snap em into smaller pieces.  ( I didn’t think it would ever end). LOL

Today, I grow my own urban backyard garden, and here’s the 5 things my green thumb Grams taught me.

1. You can grow a garden anywhere!

Gardening isn’t limited to a big yard anymore.  People grow food on their patios, rooftops, apartment banisters, or vertically on walls.  My Grams used flower pots, whiskey barrels, and of course her little patch of land in her front yard.

She also grew grapes on a long, metal fence, and had a couple of cherry trees to boot.  Bottom line is, being creative with what you got, is key.

 

Southern Patio 15.5″ Resin Whiskey Barrel Planter

2. Its hard work, but boy oh boy, the food taste GOOD!

There is nothing better than walking outside your door, and picking the perfect beefsteak tomato, slicing it up, and putting it between two pieces of bread with mayo.

Or, how about picking a couple of cherry tomatoes, and throwing those babies on your freshly made salad, hence, that you grew from the garden too!  It simply taste so GOOD!


3.It’s healthier

If you want control over what’s in your food, then growing your own, is the way to go!  Many people have food intolerances, including me, and I like whole, natural, foods without all the chemicals.  Nuff said.

A Woman’s Garden: Grow Beautiful Plants and Make Useful Things

4. Build your seasonal recipes around your harvest, and then extend it by preserving.

Grams canned, froze, or dehydrated whatever she could get her hands on.  My grandparents ate what was in season, and canned the rest for the winter months.

I have a feeling with the rising costs of produce, that preserving products are going to go sky high, and out of stock.  So, if you’re thinking about the ancient art of preserving, then check out my

Canning Essentials Idea List.

I also HIGHLY recommend that you get this All American Canner.  I have had mine since 2012, and it’s been worth every penny.  It’s a canning machine, that’s solid steel, with excellent results.

All American 921 Canner Pressure Cooker

5. Save money, by stockpiling those gardening goodies

My grandmother grew up in Chicago, Il during the Great Depression, and there were many times that she had to beg for food as a child.  She always told me that she wasn’t too proud to beg, because she was simply hungry.

Fortunately, for all of us, she made it through those difficult times, and learned how grow her own food.

Her canned soups, stews, chili, relishes, and jams were to die for, and oh….how I loved her variety of jams and jellies.

And finally, as you can imagine, it was extremely important to her, to have a stockpile of food on hand in case of an emergency.  It not only gave her a little sense of security, but she loved to tell the stories on her produce savings.  Now you can see where I get it from.

I know that there are a ton of you out there that can relate to these grandparent gardening tips, and I hope it inspires you to take the challenge and grow your own food.  I promise you will get hooked, ecspecially when you know you grew it yourself.  Happy Harvesting All!

 

 

 

Cheap, Cute, Dollar Tree Wedding Ideas!

My son is getting married, and I am so excited.  I love my future daughter-n-law, and they are both super savers, proud of that!

So, now my family and I are on an adventure to have a beautiful wedding with a budget in mind.

First stop is my trusty Dollar Tree!

 

 

These arrow wedding signs above are just the beginning of Dollar Tree wedding finds.

Of course, if you don’t get them quick in store you’re out of luck, but thankfully you can buy in quantity online.

 

 

DIY Centerpieces, table settings, and more can be found by clicking here: DIY Wedding Ideas

 

 

Balloons, Flowers, Candles, Glassware, and for goodness sakes look at this balloon table runner!

I’m not sure if I would use this design for a table runner, but it would go beautifully over an archway.

 

 

Let’s not forget the bridal shower, there’s tons of ideas on their Value Seekers Blog.

 

Super Saving Tip:  Many of us are super busy, and we miss out on the deals in store.

So, sign up for their email list so that you can see what’s new, and get coupon & shipping deals sent straight to your inbox.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and I hope that your wedding day goes without a hitch, and that all of us can stay within our budgets!  WE CAN DO IT SUPER SAVERS!  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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