Growing up, my dad always had a huge garden and I loved having fresh produce. There is nothing like going to your backyard and picking ingredients for dinner that night! When Troy and I got married, we started our own garden right away. We lived in a mobile home and had a huge lot and had the biggest garden. The problem is that the soil was very sandy so most things did not grow very well.
We have never had success with growing spinach so far but this year, Troy took special care when planting to make sure that they had the best sun and planted them perfectly according to directions. He even made a special tool to make sure that they were the right distance apart as well as the perfect depth in the ground. If this spinach does not come up, we are DONE growing spinach haha!
In previous years, we were so blessed with excessive amounts of tomatoes. Two years ago, I made 3 gigantic batches of homemade salsa and canned it. Last year, we still had a lot of salsa left over from the year before so I made homemade pasta sauce. They both turned out great and I loved having fresh tomato products all year long. We just finished the last of our salsa from two years ago and have maybe 6-8 jars of pasta sauce left. We enjoyed throwing both of these in soups as a healthy base.
This year, if our tomatoes grow well like they have in the past, I will plan on making some salsa and some pasta sauce. The key is letting it simmer as long as possible so that the water will cook off. Our salsa was a little watery but by the next year, I learned that the sauce needed to be cooked longer.
I am partnering with EcoScraps which is a company that sells a variety of soils, plant food and liquid fertilizers. The products are made from food that was being wasted and clogging up landfills and hurting the air that we breathe and is turned into products that can benefit us. In the US, 40% of food is being wasted. Ecoscraps recycles these food scraps into lawn and garden products that can be used.
They have recycled 75 million pounds of food waste so far over the last 4 years and plan to recycle that much just this year. I love it! Their mission is perfect: grow gardens, not landfills.
I got to use a variety of EcoScraps products for our garden this year. I picked them up at my local Walmart. I chose three different kinds of products to try: EcoScraps Natural and Organic Tomato, Herb and Vegetable Plant Food, Moist Garden Soil and Rose and Flower. We plant flowers in our front yard (starting last year) and love being able to give the soil a boost.
As you can see, Adalyn helped with the whole planting process. I was so proud of her. She watered all of the plants (look at the water flying in the collage of pictures- lol). She sprinkled the Tomato, Herb and Vegetable Plant Food (and then we washed her hands right away).
When these pictures were taken, we were waiting to plant because there was a cold day coming a few days later so we just took care of the plants outside until then and then brought them in for a day. We then planted them which went well. We used the EcoScraps soil then.
There is nothing like a garden fresh tomato so I will do whatever it takes to have awesome tomatoes in the garden. My little buddy helped me plant which was very fun for her first time gardening. The plant food for the tomatoes has added calcium to prevent blossom-end rot on tomatoes, peppers and squash which has happened to us before.
The EcoScraps garden soil is made from fruits and vegetables and can be used for all kinds of plants and gardening. We added this to our soil for a boost of nutritous soil to help our plants. Check out this YouTube video to see why EcoScraps is awesome!
Good luck to all you gardeners this year! Hope it is a plentiful year.
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