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Meet Lacey- Mom of 2, Blogger, and Homesteader Extraordinaire! 

Lacey and I have been Instagram friends for awhile now and I knew she was going to be my go to gal when it came to a gardening themed episode! For the life of me, I cannot figure out gardening. I have no idea why I’m so bad at it. I have dreams of creating bountiful gardens with my kids where we go pick out fruits and vegetables to munch on and cook dinner with. I’m also convinced gardening is how I’ll actually get one of them to stick a vegetable in their mouth also, but that’s another story. One can dream, right? Let’s just say that if Lacey’s tips can help me grow at least one small salad (like enough for one person) I’ll be more than thrilled! The bar is set, Lacey! ?

Lacey Rabalais is a Louisiana mom of two boys. She is a blogger, book lover, chicken raiser, and has experienced enough trial and error with her garden on the Rab Farm to feel like she’s got a pretty good grasp on things! In this episode, Lacey is sharing her tips on how to get started with your Spring gardens to set them up for a successful season, ways to involve your kids in the gardening process, and some no fail (let’s hope) plant ideas to try this year!

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I know party planning can be super overwhelming. It’s time consuming, expensive, and can lead to a lot of insecurities…not to mention the HOURS it takes to plan and prep it all! I’m here to help a sister out. In addition to hosting the Memories in Moments podcast, I also create party planning guides and checklists for themed parties. These are designed with one goal in mind: help a busy mom save time, stress, and money so she actually enjoys the party she’s hosting. I’ve thought (and found!) every little detail you need to bring your themed party to life, given you links to purchase it all, and put it all in one convenient download you can access anywhere. No more Pinterest and no more wandering the aisles of Target. Now you’ve got a clear plan of attack that’ll result in a beautiful party ending in tons of cherished memories with your loved ones. It’s that easy! Shop party plans and let’s get celebrating!

 

Gardening 101

Know Your Growth Zone

You can find your growth zone on the USDA Grow Zone. This tells you when you should be planting the flowers, fruits, and vegetables you’d like to plant. Once you know your grow zone, you can look at the back of a seed packet and it’ll tell you which things grow great in your grow zone number, and won’t do well in other areas.

Starting Seeds

Some seeds do great going right in the ground, whereas others may need to be planted in cups and grow to be seedlings in there. This way you are able to care for them a little better, control their climate and give them a better chance at life. I had zero idea about any of this, so I am definitely going to try some cups for our seeds this year! Lacey said red solo cups with a whole at the bottom and some seeds in a shed work great! Sounds easy enough! Look at the seed packet or do some research online to see which seeds may need a little extra help and attention as they grow to seedlings.

Get the Kid’s Involved!

Get any type of seed, a green bean works great, and plant it in a glass jar with no lid. The kids can put the seeds in a damp paper towel, then the jar, and have your kids track the growth and development of the seed. It’s a fun way to watch the growth process and talk about how our fruits and vegetables take a journey from seed to plant! Once the seed becomes a seedling, take it out and plant it in your garden. I thought it was super cool that you didn’t even need dirt to go in the jar! My kids would love having their own jars to watch and cheer on, so I’m definitely doing this fun activity this Spring! Lacey has a printable resource for this activity in her resource library also! Print it out and add some science to your day!

Check Your Soil

You can send a soil sample to your local university or agricultural center and they can check it to see what you can do to make it work for you the best. Lacey said this was a big game changer when it came to seeing growth in her garden!

Seeds vs. Seedlings

Seedlings can be a good time saver. If you aren’t able to give the attention and care for growing the seeds and helping them along, go right to seedlings. Seedlings also offer a bit more instant gratification, which might be better for kids in some cases. They can be stronger and give a better head start to your garden also. Or maybe you don’t have the space to plant tons of seeds to grow into plants, so you just want 2-3 seedlings to get your started. This also may be a trial and error type of thing. Make it a fun game for your kids and plant a seedling next to a seed and observe what happens! But let’s be real…we will probably be doing seedlings in the Carter garden this year!

 Gardening with Kids Advice

Set your expectations low…and then go lower. It’s going to be messy, plants are going to get trampled and ruined…but they are outside, digging in the dirt and having fun. Get them involved with some fun plastic tools, let them choose which kinds of plants they want to plant and give them a job. Then once they are inside or you have some alone time, plant the majority if you really want to! Keep having conversations about the creation of food and how things grow in the process. You can also talk about colors in the garden, shapes, how things taste before they’re ripe vs. when they’re ripe and why theres a difference. Lots of fun ways to get them learning, questioning, and observing in the garden! Lacey also claims her kids are more willing to eat what they grow so fingers crossed for us on that front!

Best Chances of Success

Green Onions

Get them at the grocery store, plant the root part in a jar of water, and watch it grow! Lacey’s kids think anything green is a green onion they grew and they’re down to eat it!

Herbs

Okra (warm weather people)

Cucumbers 

Blueberry Bushes 

Pests

Try Neem oil, which is a natural oil pesticide! 

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SHOW SPONSOR

I know party planning can be super overwhelming. It’s time consuming, expensive, and can lead to a lot of insecurities…not to mention the HOURS it takes to plan and prep it all! I’m here to help a sister out. In addition to hosting the Memories in Moments podcast, I also create party planning guides and checklists for themed parties. These are designed with one goal in mind: help a busy mom save time, stress, and money so she actually enjoys the party she’s hosting. I’ve thought (and found!) every little detail you need to bring your themed party to life, given you links to purchase it all, and put it all in one convenient download you can access anywhere. No more Pinterest and no more wandering the aisles of Target. Now you’ve got a clear plan of attack that’ll result in a beautiful party ending in tons of cherished memories with your loved ones. It’s that easy! Shop party plans and let’s get celebrating!

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