Category Archives: Gardening
I would like to welcome Tommy and Patti Alderman of Alderman Farms to the blog as authors. Tommy and Patti have become great friends of ours via the internet. We have shared information about technology, farming, recipes, and baking with each other. We seek to use all that God has given us through our family heritage and the land that He has entrusted us to provide for our family and help others be confident in their pursuit of self-sufficiency.
As you know, Family Heritage is a topic of passion for me. The Aldermans have a wonderful heritage, and they share that heritage with others. Take time to check it out.
Patti Alderman is a homeschooling mother of four whose knowledge in the areas of budgeting and thriftiness, gardening and small-scale farming (“homesteading”) has been a sought-after resource among her friends and family.
Patti learned at the feet of those whose lives span decades of living off the land the old fashioned way, using simple, time-tested techniques (see Acknowledgments), and it is her desire to pass that information along to a new generation just beginning to feel the need to become as self-sufficient as possible. Patti also strongly believes that budgeting plays an important role in self-sufficiency, in that adherence to a family budget spurs creativity, forcing one to learn how to “make do” rather than whipping out the credit card to purchase the “easy” solution, which is often the “expensive” solution.
Tommy was graduated from LSU in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, which he says explains why his police reports were longer than those of his co-workers. “The Lt.’s hated to see me coming with a folder in my hands,” he jokes.
And though his education was focused on formal English, he’s more likely to speak and write in his native tongue, “Redneck.”
What a privilege we have as parents and grandparents! And what a responsibility! Can you think of a better way to spend two hours on a Sunday afternoon than following behind a 16-month old Farmer-in-Training? I can’t, and there are a few thoughts I’d like to share with you, after the jump.
Click to read more —> Train up a Child…
I have NEVER been able to grow anything in the past. I have tried. I even killed a cactus. Over watering, under watering or just totally forgetting the plant was there would lead to its demise. The joke around my house is that I could kill an artificial plant; however, since I have been expecting my first child, my attention has been focused a lot on growing things. I have been successful so far in growing a very active young man in my tummy, so I am going to turn my attention also to a small garden project this spring as I wait on the arrival of our much anticipated addition.
I am going to start really small. I am going to do what is called “sowing seeds” in make shift greenhouses made of milk jugs. This gives the plant an opportunity to grow in colder temperatures (protecting them as we experience cold snaps approaching spring), and then I will transplant them into a small garden spot. I really enjoyed the post that I found on this project and wanted to share it with you. Perhaps you can try starting your own garden as well.
You can find the step-by-step instructions on making your own make shift greenhouses at A Garden for the House, from Kevin Lee Jacobs.