How We Start Our Backyard Home Garden

May 31, 2017

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Our hands put love into everything they touch, whether it’s gardening, crafting, cooking or offering a hand to friends and family. Today we are using our hands to make delicious memories.  We are replanting our fruit and vegetable garden we started last year.  Well I can’t really say “we” because that would include me, and honestly the kids and hubby had everything to do with it so let me correct myself.  Join us as we replant our fruit and vegetable garden that they started last year.

My husband takes gardening very seriously it was interesting to see him love on the plants every day.  His overall excitement as they began to grow was heartwarming. I contemplated changing our kids’ names to “pepper” and “onion” to trick him into being just as attentive. Gardening is truly a labor of love.  It takes a lot of time and you don’t always yield what you expected.  Oh and the garden pests can really have you feeling down but planting a garden is believing in tomorrow and anything you do with your hands gives you a sense of pride.  Read to the very end for a special giveaway to show your hands some much needed love after you garden with us.


Small Garden Rake
Small Garden Shovel
Seeds, we are planting Peas!
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Hubby instructed us to rake the earth to soften it in preparation for our seeds.  While we were raking we removed any large roots, sticks and weeds.

Here’s a up close look of what pea seeds look like. Joel kept asking if he could eat them. In a few months buddy.

Next hubby helped us make lines in the soft dirt with the shovel where we would lay our seeds.

Now we cover our seeds and pat the earth gently.

And while we’re here why not play in the dirt a little?


After using our hands to tend the earth and plant our seeds they were very dirty. Softsoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™ liquid hand soap can help give your hands back the extra love they deserve.

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When you grow your own food, you savor it more because of the effort it took to get to the table.  Growing your own food has many health benefits, It helps you eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. You decide what kinds of fertilizers and pesticides come in contact with your food.  If you’re thinking of starting your own backyard garden I suggest you start off really small and only plant foods you know you will eat.  And to restore the love back to your hands I’m giving away a set of Softsoap® Hand Wash Plus Lotion™ liquid hand soap.


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  • Reply Cathy May 31, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    What perfect timing with this reading this post. We are hoping to plant our first (very small) garden this year and I need all the help/tips I can get, so thank you! Also, your kids and their cuteness is totally distracting. 😉

  • Reply Heather Lawrence May 31, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Love that you got the kids involved in gardening!
    We have already finished cleaning out the front flower bed and we have a lot of plants almost ready to bloom. Now we are working on the bigger tasks. Like making a bridge and planning trees! LOL!!

  • Reply Ashley May 31, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    I wish I had the space and green thumb to garden. Unfortunately, this girl is not good with plants!

  • Reply Liz Mays May 31, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    What a fun project! This is going to be super rewarding when you have some fresh produce to use! Those new SoftSoaps sound nice!

  • Reply Rebecca Bryant May 31, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    My son is working in a backyard garden. He loves to grow all kinds of plants.

  • Reply Jennifer May 31, 2017 at 9:53 pm

    Look at your perfect little garden! Man that’s so inspiring. I want to try one! You guys did a great job!

  • Reply reesa May 31, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    My kids love getting dirty and playing outside! Thank goodness for soft soap!

  • Reply Ashley S May 31, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    This is awesome! I always wanted a garden, but we live in an urban atmosphere. I think I may need to build a garden box!

  • Reply Emily May 31, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Love your little helpers! My kids love to garden with me, we do not have a vegetable garden but the flowers in my yard get a lot of love and attention at my house.

  • Reply Kimberly C. May 31, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    What a great start! There are so many benefits to gardening for everyone, specially kids. Dirt is good for us! 🙂 Next maybe have the kids find rocks to put around your garden spot so it is easy to weed and mow around!

  • Reply Carol Bryant June 1, 2017 at 1:22 am

    We have a deck instead of a garden area and I love that you are doing this. Your kids look like they are having fun, and I remember the anticipation of waiting for things to grow. Enjoy!

  • Reply Milena June 1, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Oh, I didn’t know they had one with lotion! I love liquid soap especially when we are doing something super dirty like gardening!

  • Reply Jasmine June 1, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    How fun I would love to have a garden for my kids! We’ve used Soft Soap for year but I didn’t realize they had a version with lotion, will have to pick some up on my next shopping trip.

  • Reply Kristin June 1, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    We’re selling our house, but I can’t wait to do this at our next home. My daughter has been begging for a garden!

  • Reply Kristin June 1, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    My kids want to start a garden so badly but I never really knew where to start. This post is so helpful!

  • Reply Lisa Carey June 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    That looks like so much fun! We used to do that when the kids were younger and now I have no flower beds left to plant in. Maybe it’s time to redo!

  • Reply Alicia Taylor June 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I love that you included your kids in the gardening. It is so important for people to learn these skills

  • Reply Lois Alter Mark June 2, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    How fun for kids to get dirty in the garden and actually see the fruits of their labor when everything starts growing. My husband is the gardener in our family. My thumb is not very green!

  • Reply Louise June 2, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    I LOVE gardening with my two 🙂 It looks like you guys had so much fun together too

    Louise x

  • Reply Dawn Nieves June 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    They did a great job on the garden! We plant a garden every year and the kids love it!

  • Reply Rose Siders June 2, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    This is so awesome! I wish more families would get into gardening. We had a small one as kids and as soon as I own a home again I will be planting one too!

  • Reply sathwika June 3, 2017 at 7:01 am

    They did a great job .

  • Reply liz Cleland June 3, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    My so just loves helping out with the garden in our backyard. I have done it ever since he was little. Each year he gets more hands on and more excited once things start to grow and produce!!

  • Reply Seyma Shabbir June 7, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    My favorite moment was planting strawberries and blueberries in our garden. Now my sons get to pick them every spring and summer!

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