Grow Things You Can Eat

Gardening with kids: Grow food TomatoesGrow Things You Can Eat.

Fruits, Veggies, and Herbs!

Ahhh, my favorite! I love to plant things in my garden that my family can eat.  Food from the garden tastes better and is more nutritious.

In the Vegetable garden; we plant tomatoes, squash, beans, peas, onions, leeks, corn, cabbage, peppers, pumpkins, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and more.

In our herb garden; we have chamomile, basil, thyme, dill, tarragon, marjoram, sage, lavender, cilantro, parsley, chives, rosemary, oregano, and more.

Of course, we also have a berry patch and orchard that we enjoy food from.

Plus, throughout our property, we have many other edible plants such as; Hickory Trees, Sassafras Trees, Beech Nut Trees, Black Walnut Trees, Stinging Nettles, Wild Onions, Wild Mint, Wild Blackberries, Wild Elderberries, Wild Roses (rose hips), Dandelion, Viburnum, and many more.

Build a library of books and articles and learn the culinary and medicinal uses of edible foods, and grow some.

My kids go in to the garden and eat the vegetables or herbs fresh right off the plants.  They help me freeze, dry, can, preserve, etc. the food we grow each year.    They enjoy helping with these processes and working with their hands.  It’s great family time together!

11. Add Fun Structure to the Garden

About Nelle

I am Nelle. I grew up in rural, small town, Ohio. When I was young, I learned a lot about homesteading from my parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, 4-H, FFA, and others around me.
Now, I’m all grown up, have 6 children of my own, and plan to teach them everything I know.

Here on Mama’s Homestead, we talk and write about homesteading, homeschooling, and kidsteading (homesteading with kids). We teach our kids about survival, self-sufficiency, gardening (vegetable, herb, flower), orchard, beekeeping, home keeping, soap making, harvesting, cooking, food preservation, livestock, nature, crafts, homesteading tools and wares, and more…

Welcome to my homestead…come and learn with us!


  1. What a wonderful way to live. I loved those home made cookies! We are going to try a garden this year. We only have a 12×20 space. I love tomatoes. Is it to late to start seedlings?

    • Thank you!! Tomatoes are my favorite. They’re just not the same when you buy them from the grocery store. It is a little too late to start tomato seedlings here in Ohio. They need to be started 6-8 weeks before being planted outside. They should be planted in the garden just after the last spring freeze (about May 5-110). Pick some up at the garden center. It’s more expensive, but still worth it. You can grow quite a bit of food in a 12×20 space.

  2. Michelle W says:

    I just came across your site through your link at on the freezer cooking series. We live in NC and started our in ground vegetable garden last month. I am excited to see what we planted go from the “field” to the table. I will be looking around your site, I know I will learn something wonderful. Thank you.

    • Thanks Michelle! Great to have you stop by; hope you find Mama’s Homestead useful. We love the satisfaction of growing our own food too. Let me know how your garden grows! Plenty more homesteading information to come. Hope you check us out again!

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