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Heidi the Cycling Seamstress

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Worried about Food? get gardening!

Our family has a small, urban yard. We have cultivated a small garden plot next to our shed, that we have been gardening for the better half of 12 years.  I wanted to try something different this year, once I clear out our plot from last years debris, I am going to use grow bags. I have already bought these cavernous bags to grow our  harvest in.  I have the micro watering system in  my spare room ready to be cut and put together for when I set up the garden.

Even though I have the grow bags, one of my first challenges is to figure out how much container soil I need to fill the grow bags.  The bags use gallon measurements, so I will have to convert over to cubic feet. Luckily google makes that easy with their conversion widget that you can use when you search how to convert gallons to cubic feet.

So here is my break down:

  • Black rectangle grow bag- 16 cubic ft
  • Green rectangles x2- 4 cubic feet
  • 6, 25 gallon grow bags- 18 cubic feet
  • Purple 50 gallon grow bags x2 - 13 cubic feet

So I need a total of 51 cubic feet of container soil. If the average container soil bag/raised bed garden soil bag is around 2 cubic feet, I will need approx, 25 bags of container soil to fill the grow bags I have.  Looks like at Home depot, the soil bags I need are around $9 a bag. It looks like it is going to cost me about 225 dollars to get all the container soil I need for this years garden.  I am going to try and make it pretty to so I would like to pick up flag stones to make little walkways in the garden plot.  Only doing a quick search at Home Depot I can only find stone by the pallet, I don't need that much so I probably will have to go in and do pricing on my own.  No biggie, my seedlings are still small so I have got some time before I will have to plant.

That brings me to another great thing to mention, with transplants that you start inside you will have to, "harden them off" which is gardeners speak for acclimating the transplants to outside conditions. You start by putting them outside for little bits at a time then you finally graduate to leaving them outside full time. 

I still need to put some work in clearing out last years garden and getting this years set up fleshed out.  Now for the homeschool tie in.  There is tons of free gardening curriculum out there, and I found some that I should be able to use with kids to get them into growing their food.  I was looking for some curriculum quickly this morning and found the Rodale institute. They have a really nicely set up website about, My first Garden. The curriculum is for little kids, but is adaptable for older kids.  Here is the website. It has been colder a little longer than usual as we are in a bit of a cold/ice snap. But then again, my transplants are little so we have plenty of time.  I am going to dive into this curriculum a little deeper and give my pros and cons about it in another blog post.

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