Enjoy Gardening With Family for Lifelong Benefits

Gardening is one of those things I’ve always WANTED to do, and appreciated the time others in my life put into it, but it wasn’t until we moved out into the country that I decided we would be down right sorry if we didn’t take advantage of everything around us. We’ve thrown ourselves into it, and while it hasn’t been perfect the benefits of gardening with family are worth their weight in gold. My father has cultivated an amazing garden for the past few years at our family farm (which is a fascinating place in its own right). The kids and I thoroughly enjoyed helping him pick the bounty and weed those long rows last summer, as long as it wasn’t too late in the day, because that’s never enjoyable in the Southern heat. We decided that the kids should be part of the gardening experience from the very beginning with soil preparation to the end where the spent plants will be plowed under. They’ve also been a part of creating our very own family garden on our land so they can do the daily tending and reap the benefits of watching it grow. I’m realizing more and more, however,…

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How to Find the Best Southern Flower Festivals

Southern Flower Festivals are a big deal, y’all. The American South is known for many things, but the beauty that springs from every corner of our region is one of the most notable. Our Azaleas are vibrant, our Live Oaks majestic, and the Bluebonnets in Texas are always stunning, but knowing WHEN to catch certain flowers in bloom is key to fully enjoying all Creation has to offer. Our ties to to the land and agriculture are epic, so discovering the existence of massive Southern festivals that are organized to celebrate the region’s natural beauty shouldn’t be a huge surprise. The biggest question we then must overcome is how to go about finding the best Southern flower festivals! Read about the very best Flower Festivals in the South in this piece I’ve written for The Southern Weekend, and tell me what you think. Is there an amazing festival I missed or a Southern flower that deserves more attention? I want to know! Come hang out over on the Herd Management Facebook Page and talk Southern floral beauty with us… or the weather… or how bad your kids are acting on Spring Break. Just come visit and get to know everyone!

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Starting a Garden: The Raised Beds are Installed and the Mega Cabbage is Here

Starting a garden has been something I’ve been wanting to do do for years and now we have the space to truly enjoy one. I’ve been meaning to do this post for awhile, but things like kids, school, feeding people, writing and sleeping have gotten in the way. Last month I pleaded begged nagged asked my husband to build my raised beds so that we could get ready to plant our garden in them, and he finally did! We decided on Concrete Block Raised beds after considering the different types of raised beds available to us for several reasons. Wooden beds were out this time because my husband doesn’t like to build things and I don’t know how to use a saw (yet!) and we wanted to make sure that our current garden location would be the most favorable one before investing time, energy, and money into building something more permanent. Before placing the concrete blocks we laid out a plastic tarp on the ground under where the garden will go to keep critters from tunneling in and weeds from growing up through the underside of the crops. We laid out the concrete blocks in the formation we decided would…

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