Community-Supported Agriculture. Food Co-op. They seem so cutting edge. But what are they and should you join one? In the CSA model the consumer is directly linked to the food system by becoming a subscriber to a farm or group of farms. Weekly or bi-weekly you get a box of in-season produce. It starts with farm fresh veggies, fruit, flowers and herbs but can also include eggs, milk and meat. More recently, some co-ops have added organic grains like spelt, pastry flour, rye and hard and soft wheat. It's even possible to stumble across raw cane sugar, natural salt, maple syrup, and organic baked goods made with gluten free/vegan ingredients. The greatest advantage of a CSA share is that by eliminating the middle man you are getting the freshest and healthiest food possible. Produce comes from the farm straight to you. No need for transportation, a distributor, grocery store or even farm market. You already know that I have three huge raised beds which I grow my veggies and herbs in. But with two young kids and a needy newborn, this was the first and only year I even considered joining a CSA. In the end, I decided to grow my own as usual which is outlined below. But that doesn't mean partnering up with a farm co-op isn't the right decision for you. Here's what you should think about.
Growing strawberries has always been at the top of my to-do list. Yet somehow the task eludes me each year. Blame it on space. Although I have three raised beds, the space is always accounted for with vegetables and herbs. In fact, the four rows of garlic alone take up half of one of my beds. And sure, we have a 1/2 acre lot which is humongous for the subdivision in which we live, but still feel cramped when planting. With a young family we need to keep some areas grassy for them to run and play. (Not to mention our new bean bag toss set). So vertical gardening it is! With this 5-Level Cedar Plant Pyramid you'll be growing upward and onward in no time at all. Watch your veggies, herbs, fruit and flowers flourish in a relatively small area. Incorporate right in your garden or on a deck or patio for maximum exposure at arms reach. No wonder we are equally thrilled for you and your chance to win your own 5-Level Cedar Plant Pyramid from Eartheasy (ARV $200) today. To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or follow us on Pinterest. For two entries, do both. Earn one entry per day by sharing this post! Let us know that you have entered by telling us what you'd plant in this pyramid in the comment section of this blog post! (Scroll down to the bottom). Contest ends August 23rd!
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When Tom and I got married ten years ago, we received a few...ahem..odd wedding presents to say the least! Some of which we couldn't identify. Not even when googled. Angels without faces? Check. Angels lacking any head whatsoever? Check. Lopsided circular vase that spins like a top but plops on the floor unless it's being propped up? Yup. Got one of those too. DVD player that turned out not to be a DVD player at all but an oddly shaped wood bowl that was just wrapped in the old DVD box? Yep. Tom was so thrilled with the imagined DVD player and nearly cried when he saw that hideous bowl. Heh. But I can't mock him too much because I felt the same way. Some of the weirder knickknacks had to be donated immediately (after very heartfelt thank you notes were written). But who's got the room to store junk they won't use or and morally can't re-gift? So I wanted to show you how I enhanced my garden space with one of my underused wedding presents. It's quickly becoming my pride and joy! And before I forget, would you leave me a comment describing the oddest present you ever got just to make us all laugh?
It's time to cave into the pressure and feed the birds. C'mon, all your cool neighbors are indulging in this charming hobby that helps you de-stress. Bird feeding is no longer a pastime of the bored or geeky, nowadays, most gardeners enjoy nourishing their feathered brained friends. Perhaps most exciting of all? You never know what type of bird you'll be able to attract to your yard and garden. It's kind of like having lots of extra pets without the pricey vet bills. So we are over the moon excited that Desert Steel is back better than ever with two stunning bird feeders up for grabs. Yup...that's right...we have two lucky winners today! First place winner scores the stunning heliconia bird feeder ($60 ARV) shown just above. And keep reading to see what our second place winner will receive! How thrilling! To enter, like the Raise Your Garden Facebook page and share this post or follow us on Pinterest and pin 5 images. For two entries, do both. Let us know that you have entered by telling us what your favorite bird is! Contest ends July 28th.
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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