In today’s podcast episode, I’m talking to Lacey from The Rab Farm about growing and raising your own food.
Lacey shares what we should think about before planting the first seed, the tangible steps we can take to get started with growing our food, her advice for people who want to grow their own food but don’t have a green thumb (hello, that’s me!), the easiest food to grow, and she also talks about raising backyard chickens. This episode is packed full of practical advice that will help you take the first steps toward growing and maybe even raising your own food.
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- Lacey’s Website: Lacey Rabalais
- Lacey’s Instagram: TheRabFarm and lacerab
- LSU Ag Center Soil Testing
- Book: Cut Flower Garden
- Lacey’s blogposts about Getting Started with a Garden
- Five Questions to Ask Before Starting Your Garden
- The Timber Press Guide to Vegetable Gardening in the Southeast
- Episode 021 with Trailbale Farm: What to Look For When Purchasing Meat and Eggs
- Egg-ucation about Eggs: What Those Key Words Mean About Your Eggs
- Neem oil
- Diatomaceous Earth
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Q1: When it comes to growing your own food, you share on your blog about knowing your why before you know your what. Can you tell us more about this?
Q2: There are so many things to think about when starting to grow your own food. It can feel overwhelming. What do we need to think before ever planting a single seed that will help us create the foundation for future gardening success?
Q3: Once we’ve asked these questions, what are the next tangible steps we need to take to get us closer to growing and harvesting our own food?
Q4: What’s your advice for someone who doesn’t feel like that they have a green thumb (raises hand) and maybe has even tried growing a few things in the past, but really wants to take part in growing food.
Q5: What, in your opinion, are the the easiest plants to grow that will also give you the most bang for your buck and time?
Q6: If you had to choose one or two of the best resources for someone just getting started with growing food at home, what would you recommend?
Q7: Tell us about raising your own chickens. Why did you choose to raise chickens, what does raising chickens look like for you?
Q8: What do you love about raising chickens?
Q9: What are the greatest challenges you’ve faced with owning and raising your own chickens?
Q10: Backyard chickens are gaining in popularity, what’s your advice for someone who is interested in getting their own chickens particularly for eggs? Just like with gardening, what questions should we be asking before purchasing a chick?
Q11: What does someone need, material and time wise, to raise and maintain egg-laying chickens?
Q12: One of the things you’re passionate about, as both an agriculture major and someone who raises chickens, is egg-ucation about eggs: helping people see past marketing and advertising words and understand what popular labels mean. Can you explain more about this…
Q13: How do you know when you’re ready to pick?
Q14: What to look for when buying seeds?
Q15: Where to start when you have a small space?
Q16: Where on earth does a tired mama with a weedy yard start?
Q17: What to feed chickens?