Important Message from Re-Establishing Roots

Important Message from Re-Establishing Roots

Knowing Jamie Oliver is under fire for joining forces with Bill Gates, his message is one that needs to be heard. Maybe he will have the ability to get through to the likes of Bill Gates, along with others, and teach him a thing or two about the direction we need to travel. Here is a video done in 2010…

Please watch…

 

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Re-Establishing Roots, Let’s get Started

My Intention is to turn Re-Establishing Roots, Inc into a Non-Profit. And I am getting tired of waiting! Let’s get Started…The rest will fall into place…

First up is my Donation Page. I just posted yesterday, November 1, Keep checking to see how I am doing. Fingers crossed.

Let's get started Re-Establishing Roots

Click the above image to go to the page. It gives details on our immediate needs. Donate, Share, Explore….

My Followers are few, but Friends are many…I do not know about you, but I am getting tired of waiting.

Let’s get this thing started.

Everything else will fall into place.

This is the first Draft for the first post for Re-Establishing Roots. It will fit nicely into one of our planned projects. We are all about the fix.

In order to find the fix, you need to identify the cause….

We are all about the cause.

Our Cause: Re-Establishing Roots for a Healthful Community through Gardening.

I am currently working on Planting Seeds to Sprout a few Community Gardens for Spring of 2015.

Let's get Started Re-Establishing Roots

This is Betsy & Me, disheveled at best…

Betsy heads up the Patton Project. A Garden Project in Patton Middle School. I had a personal tour, and I was Wowed! With the mission of Community Gardens in Perkiomen Valley, I will be presenting the idea within days of this post. At the very least, I am hoping for permission to start a Community Garden on school property. Hopefully we can rally support.

To view pictures of my visit click my nose, or anywhere else on the image.

I will continue to prepare for the launch of Re-Establishing Roots, asking for your support every now and then. Jump in where you can.

I am so excited!

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

As May ended and June jumped in, The Barefoot Garden is proving to be a success, with a few exceptions.

The Barefoot Garden: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly…

Re-Establishing Roots Barefoot Style The Barefoot Garden

The outside of the Garden is ready to Grow…

Check out the Gate: DIY Garden Gate , The Barefoot Garden How to turn an old door into a gate.

The Barefoot Garden ready to GrowThe outside edge of The Barefoot Garden is done. Cardboard and a thick mat of Newspaper were used to cover the sod. I then layered straw on top. It creates a buffer for the Garden.

The Barefoot Garden

Need more planting space? Here are a few things we did @ The Barefoot Garden.

*Update* The Barefoot Garden...Come watch us grow.

Container Gardening at its finest…wait until you see what I did with

A Bathtub,  A Wagon & Buckets….Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

Straw Bale Gardening, Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

The Straw Bales are sprouting: Straw Bale Gardening, Barefoot Style 

Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

Potato Towers are doing well: Potato Tower @ The Barefoot Garden

The Barefoot Garden

Things are starting to Bloom

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

The Tomatoes are starting to flower

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Borage, an Herb beneficial to Bees…

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Nasturtium is Blooming. Wouldn’t that look pretty in your salad bowl?

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Zucchini is doing well

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Lots of Blueberries…Hopefully we will get them before the birds do…

The Barefoot Garden

And now for the not so good….*Update* The Barefoot Garden

I planted 7 rows of Peas. I placed them at the foot of the beds against the fence. Well this is the only one intact. Some little critter got them.

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

I am planting Marigolds along the edge to deter them. Mint would work better, but it is way to invasive to plant in a veggie garden. Next year the marigolds will be planted sooner.

Next up we have the Cabbage Patch @ The Barefoot Garden

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

Along with all of the veggies in the cabbage family comes Cabbage Whites.

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

One day while working in the Garden, I watched a Cabbage White. It flew over The Cabbage Patch.

*Cabbage White are the only Butterfly considered a pest.

Let me show you why…*Update* The Barefoot Garden

 This is what they do. They lay their eggs on anything in the Cabbage Family. The eggs hatch, and the caterpillars eat your cabbage! I pulled off the ones I could find, fed them to the birds, and they dusted with Diatomaceous Earth.

I planted Onions, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme. Apparently they don’t work as well as you are led to believe…

diatomaceous

One of the Broccoli plants bolted…maybe I should collect seeds and try again in August.

Last but not least…

*Update* The Barefoot Garden

This is the Eggplant. Not much hope here.

The Barefoot Garden: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly…

Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

Container Gardening at its finest…wait until you see what I did with

A Bathtub,  A Wagon & Buckets….

Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

The original plan for  The Barefoot Garden allowed for containers. The 36″ pot became…Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

A 4′ long Clawfoot tub…planted with Carrots & Radishes…

The 12″ pots became…

Check out my post Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

Tomatoes in Containers

Check out Potting & Planting Tomatoes, Barefoot Style

The Potato Towers were in the plan as well.

Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

Another Container: Barefoot Style, The Potato Towers

And look how they have grown. Click here:  Potato Towers @ The Barefoot Garden

The Barefoot Garden

Before long The Barefoot Garden over-flow-ith…We ran out of room…So…

Straw Bale Gardening, Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

We added Straw Bales to the garden. The Beets & Potatoes are sprouting…

Check out how I did them: Straw Bale Gardening, Barefoot Style

Another solution

Container Gardening, Barefoot StyleA “raised” garden bed, Beets, Lettuce, as well as Red, White, & Black Radishes…can’t wait to see them!

I also added a pot of Chives…

And what to do with Sunflowers in the walkway?

Container Gardening, Barefoot Style...What to do with Sunflowers thet sprout in the oddest places...

First I planted them in a box

Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

Sunflowers in a box. A great transition until you are ready to plant. Containers can be just about anything.

Container Gardening, Barefoot StyleWhat to do with too many Sunflowers? Put them in a Galvanized Bucket…

And there you have it! Container Gardening, Barefoot Style.

Bathtubs, Wagons & Buckets….

 

DIY Garden Gate, The Barefoot Garden

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

 

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate The Barefoot Garden

 

First you would need an old door…Cut to height

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

No more moving a bale of peat to enter The Barefoot Garden

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

Help is here…Say Hi to Stephen…

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

Had to run to Delphi Supply to pick up hardware…

Strap Hinges (which we opted not to use these), Stainless Steel Screws, and a Latch

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

First we needed to adjust the opening. We achieved this by adding a 2X4 to the hinge side post.

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

We used scrap wood to lift the gate from the ground, and used pickets to ensure spacing while attaching the hinges.

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

While digging for screws I came across these antique hinges in the shed…We opted to use them instead…Fitting. They are probably as old as the door…

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

We then attached the latch.

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

The Gate is hung…

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

Thank you Stephen. Job well done!

Turning an old door into a DIY Garden Gate at The Barefoot Garden

And these are my Boys…

They stood at the gate and barked while we were installing the Garden Gate in  The Barefoot Garden…

They are so lucky they are cute…

Potting & Planting Tomatoes, Barefoot Style

There are many reasons to pot Tomatoes.

No room? No more excuses. Learn how to pot Tomatoes Barefoot Style.

Ran out of room? Have no room? Potted Tomatoes...Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Make sure the pot has a drainage hole, and keep them watered. You will be glad you did. For extra added sweetness, plant a Nasturtium in the pot as well. Companion planting does not need to be limited to a “real” Garden. Always use Compost for planting food. I mix it with 1/3 Peat Moss for aeration and moisture control. I do not recommend using Potting Soil.

Next up, Planting Tomatoes in the Garden.

Planting Tomatoes Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Gather your supplies and tools. You will need Tomato plants and Epsom Salts (not pictured.) Tomato cages for support, and to mark your holes. Trough Shovel, to dig deep, and a Trowel. I use my trusted Landscape Knife.

For more on Hori-Hori, my favorite Gardening tool, check out my post Magic Touch & Her Tools.

  Planting Tomatoes Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Choose your location. My amending was already done. More on that @ The Barefoot Garden, Amending the Soil

I turned the Tomato Cages upside-down to mark placement.

Planting Tomatoes Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Using a Trough Shovel, I dug 12′ deep narrow hole for the plants. Sprinkle Epsom Salts in the hole.

Planting Tomatoes Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

Place the Tomato Plant as deep as possible. Roots will sprout from the stem, making a stronger plant.

Water and you are good to go. I always try to do my Planting and Transplanting just before it is due to rain.

Check out my post Container Gardening, Barefoot Style

For more Container Gardening check out: Container Garden, Barefoot Style

*Update*

Ran out of room? Have no room? Potted Tomatoes...Barefoot Style. The Barefoot Garden

The above picture was captured May 25…just 3 weeks later…

**Follow-up**

Potting and Planting Tomatoes The Barefoot Garden

September 12, 2014

I must have done this one right. My potted tomatoes did incredibly well. Overall, the tomatoes did the best. The potted tomato above, was the most successful of all. Large pot, caged, and got the most consistent water. Next year I will be using an even bigger pot.

As far as the other tomatoes, changes will include:

Do not tie Cherry Tomatoes to the fence. They got way too heavy and it made harvesting harder. I will be staking them.

 The Romas will be caged.

Large Tomatoes will be staked instead of caged. They grew well and the yield proved to be too heavy for the cages to hold.

All in all, it was a very successful Garden. Impressive for my first one. I am so looking forward to next year.

I have been experimenting with different ways to preserve the tomatoes. So far the Dehydrated Cherries, and Grape Tomatoes were  easy, and taste good.  I squeezed out the insides and layed them flat on a tray. I placed them in the oven @ 250º for 2 hours, lowered the temperature to 150º for about 10 hours. I had intentions of making Tomato Powder, but I keep eating them…LOL…

I did pull off my first pot of Sauce. It is amazing. The only ingredient I did not grow was the clove of Garlic. I skinned 5 different kinds of Tomatoes put in a sprig of Basil, 1/2 Bell Pepper, and an Onion. I then simmered for hours and hours. I chose to leave the seeds in and the consistency is  chunky. The taste is phenomenal! Next year there will be some major preserving going on. This year was a test! And I passed….