Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sunday's Best Linkup - #4



Welcome to Week 2 of  Mother 2 Mother's Sunday's Best LinkupI'm happy to be the host of this fun and new linkup. Each month we will feature a theme, this month the theme is Baby It's Cold Outside. Brrr! Please share your favorite winter posts old or new, cold weather recipes, crafts, winter scrapbook layouts, Christmas photos, anything that has a winter/cold weather flavor. 

                                                           I'm  Rhonda -  Your Host


Don't have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. Anything goes here. You may link as many posts as you would like. Each week I will select my favorite post(s) and feature the blog on the link-up the following week.  The Blogger(s) of the Week will be notified via the email on your link.  An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog.  




February's theme is Love Is In the Air.  We're looking for loving memories of you and family, love stories, Valentine crafts, DIY, recipes, anything that you love and would like to share. 

I would love to connect with you on social media if we're not following each other.  Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+,  PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



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One last thing, please grab the Sunday's Best button above and place it on your sidebar or Tweet the linkup using the hashtag #SundaysBest. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares.  



The Sunday's Best Post is:


Of Mice and Ramen - Year of the sheep.


All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up.  Take a minute to visit this great blog and connect with Veronica.  Her cookies alone are worth the visit. 

Now, lets link up those posts and be sure to visit a few other bloggers who have posted while you're here. This is a great way to meet and connect on social media.  Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love.     



Kitchen Garden Questions - #1




I've had several questions sent to The Mail Box on kitchen gardening and thought you may find the information useful:

Question - I plan to plant Kentucky Wonders this year in a raised bed, and I don't know how many to plant for canning purposes. Will one teepee produce enough beans to can, or do I need to have more? (Check out my post building a bean teepee). 

Response - If you're going to pressure can your green beans, I would suggest that you plant bush beans instead of pole beans in your raised bed.  If you plant bush beans you will be able to harvest enough from the bushes to fill your canner with 6 - 7 quart jars per load. Planting pole beans gives you a gradual harvest throughout the planting season. I'm sure you don't want to spend time canning 1 or 2 quarts of beans. I use pole beans because I freeze my harvest and can put them away a quart at a time. 
 
You didn't mention the size of your raised bed. A 4 x 4 raised bed should hold about 32 plants if you space the seed about 6 inches apart. You may be able to plant about 4 inches apart and get a few more plants in the bed. Using a gallon bucket for your harvest is a good way to determine how many quarts you will be canning.  Five gallons will yield around 18 quarts. 
 
There is a disadvantage to bush beans, you have to bend over to harvest them. 

Question - I am tired of procrastinating with this container garden! I am ready to get started! My plan is to purchase organic, nonGMO seeds from SeedsNow. I've been doing research but I feel like I'm overthinking things and I need to just jump in and give it a try. I think container gardening is the best start. I'm concerned about planting a garden in my yard because my hubby uses a lot of pesticide to control fleas and other pests. I plan to buy the following seeds: lettuce, spinach, bell peppers, collard greens, and tomatoes. I would appreciate any advice you can give me. I also have a few questions.
1. Should I use organic potting soil so that my veggies are truly organic?
2. What should I plant that can grow year round?
3. Can I start planting now?

Response - Glad to hear that you're ready to jump into container gardening. I think you're wise to use containers if pesticides are being used in your yard. They'll grow just as big and delicious in a container. Lettuce, spinach, peppers and tomatoes grow well in containers. I'm not sure about the collard greens, but give it a try.  I've been gardening for years, and I'm not always successful with everything that I plant. Here's a few tips: 
 
  • Use deep plastic containers for your tomatoes and peppers, and make sure your container is large enough for a stake. Paint buckets from Home Depot or Lowes work well for tomatoes and peppers. Remember you will have to drill holes in the bottom for drainage and come up with a staking system. If you can find a large, plastic flower pot with good drainage that's even better. 
  • While choosing your tomato seeds, select the Indeterminate tomato variety.  
  • Old wash tubs, basins, flower pots, window boxes, whatever you can locate, will be great for lettuce and spinach.  These are cool weather crops, but can grown from spring until a hard frost hits in shady areas. If you have a cold frame, you can extend your growing season.    
  • Using organic soil in your containers is a good idea.  Do you plan to start you seeds inside under grow lights?  If so, I use Miracle Grow Seed Starting Mix.  You don't want to use regular potting soil for this step.
  • Plant according to the zone that you live in. I'm in zone 6B, so I plant what will grow in this region and the planting times states for that region.  
Have questions?  Send an email to The Mail Box using rhonda@mother2motherblog.com.  I will respond.  


How To Make Newspaper Seedling Pots





Last week I posted a seed sowing schedule that I use to help organize and keep me on track with sowing my kitchen garden seeds and suggested that you use it to help organize your kitchen garden too.  I hope you found it beneficial. I had also mentioned taking inventory of your peat pots, you will need them to sow your seeds indoors if you want to get a jump on the growing season.  

Friday, January 23, 2015

Sunday's Best Linkup - #3



Welcome to Week 2 of  Mother 2 Mother's Sunday's Best LinkupI'm happy to be the host of this fun and new linkup. Each month we will feature a theme, this month the theme is Baby It's Cold Outside. Brrr! Please share your favorite winter posts old or new, cold weather recipes, crafts, winter scrapbook layouts, Christmas photos, anything that has a winter/cold weather flavor. 

                                                           I'm  Rhonda -  Your Host


Don't have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. Anything goes here. You may link as many posts as you would like. Each week I will select my favorite post(s) and feature the blog on the link-up the following week.  The Blogger(s) of the Week will be notified via the email on your link.  An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog.  




February's theme is Love Is In the Air.  We're looking for loving memories of you and family, love stories, Valentine crafts, DIY, recipes, anything that you love and would like to share. 

I would love to connect with you on social media if we're not following each other.  Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+,  PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



Mother 2 Mother


One last thing, please grab the Sunday's Best button above and place it on your sidebar or Tweet the linkup using the hashtag #SundaysBest. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares.  



The Sunday's Best Post is:


Penny Wise School Set

All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up.  Take a minute to visit this great blogs and connect with J. 

Now, lets link up those posts and be sure to visit a few other bloggers who have posted while you're here. This is a great way to meet and connect on social media.  Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love.     



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Why You Should RSVP

Do you RSVP?  It seems to be a lost art these days.  I'm sure you heard the story of the parents who were billed for a portion of a party several days ago because they failed to attend a party they were invited to. Apparently they sent an RSVP, but didn't show up for the party and failed to contact the hosting parents to let them know their change of plans. The host parents paid for accommodations for their child, and wanted to be reimbursed for their expense. So they sent the parents a bill and threaten to take them to small claims court if they didn't pay up. You can read the details here

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