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Creatives Near You: David Lord [Air House Music Academy & Recording Studio]

Creatives Near You: David Lord [Air House Music Academy & Recording] | Bringing Design Home

Cale and I have had the pleasure of collaborating with David Lord for several years now. Together we branded The Wonder Revolution, designed The DOTS Album Design, and more recently hosted a private show on our own front lawn for his solo project; Francis Moss. David is the kinda of guy that you could talk with for hours about music, creativity, and life’s deeper topics. He’s the kind of old soul and free spirit that you just really want to get to know. One of the most genuine people we’ve ever met, David Lord is truly someone we admire. Trained in classical guitar he launched a music academy from his very own home!

Today Air House Music Academy has expanded into two East and West locations in Wichita, KS. Hosting classes of mixed genres and instruments, Air House also is a recording studio, and a private venue space. Through his love for music David Lord has created a special place where creativity, music, and good technique is truly celebrated.

Q1) What inspired you to open Air House Music Academy?

I had a vision of creating a music academy and recording studio that promotes creativity. The aspect of music that I fell in love with early on was writing my own music. I also studied jazz and classical guitar in college, so I saw the benefit of learning music theory and learning proper technique. So in conceptualizing a music academy in Wichita, I wanted to include both the creative aspects as well as the technical and theoretical aspects. I saw the need in Wichita for a music academy focused on producing proficient, creative musicians. I also had dreamed of building a recording studio, both to record my own music as well as produce quality recordings for the creative music of Wichita.

Q2) How does your casual “go with the flow” attitude towards life influence the way you run your business?

Haha. That is pretty much the way I run the business as well, for better or worse. Air House feels more like a community of music educators, rather than a business with me as the boss. I like the relaxed, friendly atmosphere. I couldn’t really imagine doing it any other way. I try not to make much of a distinction between the way I approach life and the way I approach business.

Q3) What makes Air House Music Academy different than it’s competition?

It’s the only music academy around town that has such a broad scope. Air House is a music academy, a recording studio, a record label and a music venue. We offer private lessons, classes, ensembles, recording engineering training, recording, mixing, mastering, clinics, concerts, recitals, etc. Also, we have a truly exceptional faculty of teachers, including college professors, teachers with their doctorates and masters degrees and teachers specializing in songwriting and creativity. And our recording engineer and instructor recorded two albums with Bob Dylan.

Q4) What has been the most rewarding part when it comes to teaching kids about music?
When a student discovers his or her own sound and own approach to music, that is incredibly rewarding. It is great to provide the students with the tools to play music, but when they take those tools and create something of their own, that is very rewarding. The times that has happened have been highlights of my life. It is a beautiful thing to see someone use music for self discovery and self expression.
Q5) Most artists are great at being creative, but struggle with the structure needed to run their own business. You seem to have found a great balance. What advice do you have for others who might need help in this area?

Yeah, that’s a hard balance. I personally just do what I need to do for the business, then try to spend my free time with music and working in the studio. Everybody has their own way of doing things. Sometimes the business feels like too much and I fantasize about living in a small house in Sweden, spending all my time writing music and exploring the forest.

Q6) What has been the best tool you’ve found to help promote classes and events locally at Air House Music Academy?

Word of mouth has been the best. I try to bring on established, high level teachers that have a good network of their own. That helps a lot. Then I just promote events through social media and brochures and posters. I don’t spend much money on advertising.

Q7) How do you use your business and your creativity to give back to the community around you?

I hope that our efforts in music education are having a positive effect on the community, both for the students and for the teachers. Also, our record label tries to reach out to talented local musicians and give them a chance to record quality albums. In the past 10 years or so, there hasn’t really been a quality recording studio/record label in Wichita with the aim of supporting creative Wichita music. We are hoping to improve the musical culture in Wichita. We also released a  benefit compilation for Muscular Dystrophy and Stem Cell Research that was curated by our friend, Ryan Benton. The compilation included several national bands like Thee Oh Sees, Elf Power and Cave Singers as well as Wichita bands. I also perform around the community frequently with my solo guitar project Francis Moss and my band The Wonder Revolution.

Q8) List three ways you keep creativity fresh in your day to day?

1) I try to work in the recording studio every day. I love making albums and it has become a daily practice. 2) Lately I’ve been writing 15 second micro songs and posting them on Instagram every day. That is a fun way to compose every day. 3) I try to practice or work on my live set every day.

Q9) Between running your own business, producing, and writing and touring yourself you definitely are a busy guy! How do you balance it all, and maintain a happy and healthy home life?

Don’t really know about that! Haha. Don’t have much of a perspective of what is normal in regards to a home life. But my preferred way of spending time with friends or relaxing is to work on music or a creative project. So it’s just a constant part of my life. I think the only time that I get frustrated is when I’m not spending enough time working on my music. As far as the effect on my relationships, I’m not sure. You’d have to ask them. Haha. But I tend to surround myself with other creative people that are also doing their own projects. My fiance  Lindsay is a creative artist and raw food chef. She likes her space and creative time also, so we’re a good match.

Q10) Outside of music what is your favorite leisurely activity you do at home with your family?

Pet the cats.

David is a true musician at heart with a beautiful creative process that is all his own. Air House Music Academy and Recording Studio has given him the flexibility to pursue his own process on his own time and schedule. Although we are sure there are days where he’d love to run away from the “business side” of running a business… we think it’s just wonderful how he has discovered a creative way to make a living while doing what he loves.

Through your music, your creative business, and your heart you inspire us David! We can’t wait to see what is next for you and all your musical endeavors.

From the Farm

Keep up with David via Air House Music Academy, The Wonder Revolution, and/or his solo project; Francis Moss

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This Land is Our Land

This Land Is Our Land | Bringing Design Home

Apparently we’ve been keeping a lot of secrets from you guys! Not only are we expecting baby #2, but we are excited to announce that we are moving forward with building our own Modern Farmhouse! With Grandpa’s help we picked the perfect spot on top of 5 acres right next to Cale’s mom’s house. Some might think it’s crazy to build next to family, but we’re excited to live within walking distance and share in all the responsibilities of a caring for a big garden and future pigs, cows, chickens, bees, etc.

Lots of potential!

Since we have been married it’s been a dream of ours to build our own little homestead. We’ve loved every second we’ve had in our current 1910 farm house, but we are looking forward to having a place we can really call our own. After talking to the bank and doing some serious financial planning, we are aiming to break ground in 2016!

Two years seems like a long ways away, but we’ve got some major designing to do!

In the mean time Cale’s working on getting his architectural license and continuing to gain as much experience as possible in the construction industry. We can’t stop sketching and laying out every nook and cranny. Our ideas are still rough, but we look forward to sharing our design process with you along with picking out furniture, finishes, and flooring!

Any tips for building and/or designing your own home?!

From The Farm

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Our Homebirth Story: 42 weeks + 5 Days

Our Homebirth Story: 42 Weeks + 5 Days

A lot of people are probably wondering why I have waited so long to tell this story. With James turning 1 in September it’s definitely past due! Honestly, I’ve just needed some time to process, and I wanted to really be able to tell the whole story. It’s pretty real (you have been warned), but I wanted to share my full experience. I hope this brings encouragement along with some realistic expectations for any one considering a natural delivery. Enjoy!

We wanted to have our baby boy at home. In a place of peace and love. Through a process that wasn’t rushed. That wasn’t forced. We wanted him to come on his own time, and in his own way.

And, oh how he did.

I have heard, for the first time mom, that being 10 days overdue is nothing out of the ordinary. Our Midwife, Faith Morie, and her assistant at the time, Andrea Chamberlain, had told us to look at our due date as a “due month” so that we wouldn’t get too annoyed if James decided to run a little late. I remember being nearly 2 weeks past his due date and seeing a first time mom on Facebook who delivered her baby nearly three weeks early! I was so jealous! Everyday that passed my longing to hold him in my arms only grew deeper and deeper. I wanted to KNOW him. The alien-looking 3D ultrasound photo was not cutting it anymore! After nine months of waiting, and waiting, and feeling him wiggle throughout the nights It was time to meet our baby!

Or was it?

At 42 weeks we had, had two false labors with both of them holding steady contractions for 8-12 hours. Both times the soon to be Kansas Grandparents jumped in the car and traveled to OKC anxiously awaiting the arrival. We were all ready to get the show on the road, and our patience was wearing thin. It was obvious that my body was showing signs of labor, but having difficulties transitioning into active labor. We proceeded with an ultrasound to get an update on my progress. I thought it would be helpful to see our baby on the screen, but it actually made me more frustrated about the whole process. Especially when the tech told us he was estimated to weigh around 9+ pounds (give or take a few). She did a full stress test on James, checked the aging status of my placenta, and the percentage of amniotic fluid still available. All the tests checked out fine, but the ultrasound did reveal a few things we were unaware of.

It was obvious that our time frame to let “nature take it’s course” was shrinking. Time for the little guy to get moving! But that was just it… he was moving in the wrong direction! My entire pregnancy he had favored my right side. Our Midwife was fully aware of this, but my anterior placenta had caused confusion as to which direction he was facing. The ultrasound revealed that not only was he still favoring my right side, but that he was face up, Right Occiput Posterior (ROP), instead of facedown. The best birthing position for any baby is Occiput Anterior (OA), which is facedown, facing your back. This position is best for many reasons, but mainly it creates the least amount of turns the baby has to make while it travels through the birth canal. Faith reassured us that we could still deliver naturally in the ROP position, but that it was not ideal, and that we should do everything we could to get our baby turned. I could tell she was worried about the amount of additional back pain I would have delivering a posterior baby (a common result of posterior baby’s AND an anterior placenta).

With the revelation of James’ position we realized we needed to get him out of the birth canal to create room and encourage him to flip. Luckily we found a wonderful chiropractor, Dr. Beverly at Advanced Chiropractic, who fit us into her busy schedule, 3 times within 48 hours! Not only does Dr. Beverly specialize in maternity care, but she recently had, had her own home birth just six months prior, and was very supportive of the natural birthing process. Faith reassured us that if James was healthy (which the ultrasound proved), and if we could get him in the optimal birthing position (to apply the best amount of pressure to the cervix), that he would come naturally. In between chiropractic visits Cale and I did exercises to try and drop James out of the birth canal. For 30-40 minutes at a time I sat with my head in a pillow, and my butt in the air, hoping to slide the baby out of the birth canal and encourage him to flip.

Cale was such an awesome supporter throughout this entire process! We decided to go a head and have him take the week off, instead of after James’ arrival. Obviously we were not planning on going this many days past our due date. Now that we were this far along we both needed some extra time to work through our options, prepare for whatever type of delivery we were looking at, and try to jump start labor in whatever “natural” ways we could.

And yes… this means we had SEX, but it didn’t really seem to help at all! :( I can’t tell you how many people asked us about this. Sex at nine months, and 2 weeks is no fun. It’s simply to do the deed.

So now that, that is clear…

Once we passed 42 weeks there were a lot of friends and family who starting to get concerned. Towards the end Cale and I sorta shut everyone out, and went into our little birth hole. It wasn’t out of an us vs. them thing, and it certainly wasn’t us trying to prove anything. Honestly, we just felt like we owed my body the process of trying everything we could, naturally, before we were willing to transfer to the hospital. Faith had been keeping a close watch on our progress; alongside our mental and spiritual state. She had a list of natural inducement methods, and we felt like we had made it this far, so why not try everything we could? If at the end of it all… if baby still didn’t come, then we would transfer. We did ask our Midwife at what point would she recommend we go to the hospital and induce? She said she would wait as long as the baby, and the momma were healthy, and in a good mental state. Both Faith and Andrea did a wonderful job checking in, and supporting us without forcing us to wait it out. Out of all of their previous clients Faith had only had two other women make it to 43 weeks, and both of them were able to deliver naturally. It was obvious that my body was trying to go into labor so we were wiling to continue encouraging the natural labor process a little bit longer. Faith was very particular about making sure we rested between each natural inducement method. A lot of times she would even have us wait till the next day to try the next method so that if I did go into labor, I would not be exhausted from the work of getting into labor. She was very aware of the mental strain this process was putting on the both of us, and did a great job balancing everything so that there was enough energy in reserve to handle the pending labor.

The next step was an aroma therapy treatment using essential oils as a form of natural inducement. We liked to give Faith a hard time about this since she seemed a little secretive, at first, about what kind of “herbs” we were using. ;) I’m not gonna lie I was pretty skeptical about the whole thing. Especially when the first stage included rubbing oils on my belly, and waiting for the the baby to move “rapidly” (whatever that means?). After several hours James actually did respond, and we transitioned into the bathtub for phase two. This included breathing in mint aromas for 45 minutes followed by a foot message with lavender oils. I don’t think Cale had ever massaged me with so much ambition! He was ready for our little man to get here, and was willing to do whatever it took.

At 42 weeks + 4 days I didn’t care how hard labor was, I just wanted to be in labor! Bring it on! We kept standing on our confession from “Supernatural Childbirth”, and spoke to my body, and to my spirit. That God made my body for this. That it can and will go into labor naturally, and that we would have our baby at home just like we were believing for. We also checked our spirits on a moment by moment basis, and made sure we had a peace about the entire process. If we ever felt an uneasiness in our hearts about waiting any longer, we would have transferred, but every time we prayed we had a peace about the process. We just felt that as long as James was healthy, and that our Midwife was ok with our progress, that we owed it to our baby, and to my body, to do all that we could naturally.

When you are closing in on 18 days past your due date you realize what it is like to truly CHOOSE a natural delivery. There were definitely moments where I could understand why a woman would choose to be induced… she wants to meet her baby, and is TIRED of being pregnant dang it! At 42 weeks + 4 days we were running out of time, and decided that if I did not go into labor by the next day that we would transfer. We did a 2nd round of the essential oils, an hour later took an Enema (probably more information that you wanted to know!), another few hours later drank Caster Oil (again, letting you into the ENTIRE process), and then went to sleep with no signs of labor. :(

Sunday morning I woke up at 4am with minor back pain. I had not felt pain like this before, but honestly I was skeptical at this point. With two false-labors under my belt I was pretty set on going to the hospital that day. I got up to go to the bathroom and, noticed that part of my mucus plug had released, but it was very minimal. Regardless, we called Faith and Andrea that morning to let them know about our progress, and they sounded very positive! Both of them were planning on being with us throughout the entire delivery (hospital or not), and decided to go a head and come on over.

By 10am I was having steady contractions (again).

By the afternoon I was STILL having steady contractions, and they were getting stronger AND harder! :)

I don’t know if any woman has ever been so excited to feel true labor pains! Bring it on! Come on Baby James! We had noticed the night before that he had moved to the left side, and actually stayed there the entire night! Not only that, but he had flipped and was in the optimal birthing position, Left Occiput Anterior (LOA). Thanks to all of our exercises James had moved out of the birth canal, and with the chiropractic help, he had flipped, and was finally ready to make his grand entrance!

Once again the soon to be Kansas Grandparents made the trip back to OKC, but this time it WAS the real deal! At first we played Phase 10 and watched Tangled, until I couldn’t focus anymore (keep in mind I was totally winning that hand). I had finally moved into active labor with contractions strong enough that I had to stop and focus on each one. I would put my hands on the wall, and move my hips in circles during each one. Thanks to my sister-in-law I had learned some amazing birth positions from her Dancing for Birth Class! The movements specifically encourage the baby to move down, and they felt wonderful on my lower back. I could feel James getting closer, and was finding my groove. During each contraction Cale and my mom (KS Grandma) took turns applying a hot rice pack to my back. The back labor was terrible! I don’t know how women ever deliver naturally on their backs with back pain! That, for me, was the worst part about my labor. I was so glad that my mom just happened to bring the rice pack “just in case”.

Looking back I would have given a kidney for that rice pack! It was amazing!

During a majority of the labor I was moving around, but after awhile I wanted to lay down to reserve some energy for transition. I had heard it was the hardest stage of labor so I wanted to make sure I was mentally in a good place. The Midwife had to check my progression during a contraction, which was just plain awful! There was a moment where she couldn’t find the baby’s heartbeat, and everyone got concerned. Faith and Andrea were monitoring things really close since James was so overdue. I remember in that moment having total peace. I just knew in my heart that the baby was ok. I quickly moved the heart monitor a few inches over, and there he was, beating stronger than ever. :)

He was FINALLY on his way.

I couldn’t get into the birth pool until I was dilated to a 6 (the warm water can actually stall labor if you get in any earlier). The first time the Midwifes checked my progress I was dilated to 1.5 cm, nearly four hours later I was at 6.5 cm! Only .5 centimeters to go before transition baby!

So close…

Well, kinda! ;)

Everyone was shocked that I had progressed so quickly. I think they had settled in for the evening, and were thinking it would be a while. But Cale and I had been believing for an 8 hour labor, and we knew James would come quickly once he got into the right position.

When I got into the water it felt good, and I liked how it distracted me from the contractions. The rice pack was no longer holding up to the intense back pain so Cale started using both of his fists, and his entire body weight, to apply pressure to the small of my back. I remember knowing that I was in transition when I started shaking uncontrollably. For some this might sound scary, but all the research I had done told me that this was normal, and a great sign that I was truly in transition.

Another step closer little guy!

I remember praying that I would be present and aware during each phase of my labor. I didn’t want to be screaming out of control or even bitchy. :) I wanted every moment to be full of peace and excitement. Even in transition, in between contractions, I was able to joke around and smile. My baby boy was coming, and I could feel him getting closer within the deepest parts of me (literally!).

My mom was caressing my arm as it laid on the rim of the pool. It felt calm and helped me relax, taking some of the edge off of each contraction.

By this time I was focused on getting to the pushing stage! I told myself if I could just get through transition, and into the pushing stage it’s ALL downhill from there (well depends on which position you labor in, but still!). A lot of the natural birth stories I had read said that some women prefer pushing because for the first time they are able to DO something during labor. Before the pushing stage you are just a bystander as your body takes over and labors. Whether you want each contraction to come or not you have to choose to welcome it, and not be overtaken by the pain. I was ready to DO something. I was ready to push!

Faith and Andrea kept reminding me that I would know when it was time to push. I kept thinking how? Is this it? They said, “You’ll know when it is time!”

And then… it came.

That tribal sound deep within my soul. A sound I never knew could come out of me. I know that sounds freaky, but it wasn’t! I seriously had no control on the type of sounds I was making. It was like an overwhelming urge came over me, and I knew that it was time to push!

I pushed for 45 minutes.

Pushing was WAYYY harder than transition. :(

I’m not gonna lie I sobbed like a little girl between a few of the pushes. All the other phases of labor I could “measure” my progress, but this one was very different. Faith and Andrea reassured me that I was “almost there”. Like how much there? How many more pushes? I needed a number! Something I could count down.

Eventually they said reach down and feel the head! At this point, I didn’t really care about feeling the head. All I could think about was the enormous amount of pressure that head was applying to all my lady parts (also known as the dreaded “Ring of Fire”). :)

Cale had wanted to catch the baby, and had practiced doing it with our Midwife. Finally the moment had come. Andrea told him to reach down and grab his son. I didn’t know it till later, but apparently he had been pressing so hard on my back that he literally had to pry open his hands to catch our little man. What a trouper!

And there he was.

In one moment all that pain was gone.

I kept waiting to feel this huge rush of emotions and euphoria, but honestly I was just glad that it was all over, that we did it, and that he was FINALLY here!

42 weeks and 5 days.

We had been standing and believing for a home delivery, an 8 hour labor, an 8 lb or smaller baby, and no tearing. In the end, from active labor until he came out I was in labor for 7.5 hours, James weighed 8.1 and 22 inches long, and I only had a minor tear that didn’t require any stitches. The rush and excitement of getting him here was over. We were finally able to sit back and marvel at the beauty of the entire process; the journey of a natural delivery.

He didn’t really cry like I thought he would. He enjoyed the warmth of the water, looked up at me, and said hello with those deep blue baby eyes (that he still has today!).

I thought, “I’ve been waiting my whole life to meet you, and I never even knew it”. I was excited to see that he had a wee bit of red hair! Just another thing we had been secretly hoping for (a little ginger baby). :)

The next few hours were a bit of blur, but they were quiet and sweet moments. I fed James and he took to the boob like a champ! Both OK Grandma and KS Grandparents were present when Faith and Andrea did a few more post-labor tests. James didn’t like them, but he was a pretty good sport.

I ate some beef stew and homemade blackberry cobbler. Meat never tasted so good!

The Midwives cleaned up and everyone headed home. And then, it was just the three of us. Just like it had been the whole time he was in my belly. We fell asleep with James between us, and we ALL slept through the entire night!

It was a BEAUTIFUL moment. One of my favorites. Ever.

Obviously James was worth the wait, but I’m so glad we had the patience to work with nature, and let my body do what it was intended to do. Once I got into labor I never thought, “I can’t do this!” I can honestly say that the moment James was in my arms it was all worth it, even the battles against fear and doubt. Our Midwife’s name was Faith for a reason! She reminded us to hold onto God’s promises, and to stand on His truths. To rest in His peace and His timing.

Oh, His perfect timing.

People still say that our due date was just way off. But we KNOW the date of James’ conception (I don’t need to share the details of that!). I truly believe he just needed some extra time to bake, to get in optimal position, and possibly teach his parents a few (more) lessons in faith? Either way, it was a process that reminded us of God’s provision. It maybe in that last of the last moments, but we must never give up hope. We must always believe. God has a purpose for our dreams and desires, a plan for good, but their is a birthing process that cannot be skipped. His timing is perfect, and when it is ready, it will come quickly. Before you know it all the waiting, all the pain, all the process will be over, and like a new momma you’ll be thinking; “What is this?! What just happened!?” Before you know it you’ll be holding that thing that has been growing in your heart for months and months.

Some of them are desires you may not even know you have.

For me, that was the desire to be a mom.

From the Farm

It’s important to note that in the future, if for some reason I am late again, we do plan on getting an ultrasound earlier than 42 weeks. If we would have done that, we would have known that the baby was in the wrong position, and could have taken the appropriate measures a lot sooner.

Also, please do not try any of these natural inducement methods without the guidance and supervision of a medical professional. There is a reason and a purpose to their order, and it’s important that you take the process very seriously.

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2013 Garden Checklist: July

A simple July 2013 Garden Checklist

Ok, it’s hot, here in Oklahoma and right when we were getting excited about the 70 and 80 degree weather! This is no longer the case, the hot dry wind of reality has started to blow. It caught me napping, I hope it didn’t catch you, but just in case here are a few pointers, learned the hard way, on how to beat the July heat, and help your garden out a little too.

Click HERE to download our 2013, July Garden Checklist!

I lost our entire batch of squash plants because I didn’t keep the watering as it needed. I’ll be replanting some myself. The pests look to be bad this year, so below I’ve attached a few links to some organic and natural pest fighting tools.

Enjoy, and keep those green thumbs growing!

From the Farm

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2013 Garden Checklist: May


A cool wet spring has given our garden here in Oklahoma a great start. I’ve barely watered yet… I say yet, because I have this gut feeling that mother nature is going to switch on the oven soon. That being said, it’s time to talk gardening again. Most plants have been planted very late this year due to the cool and almost fall type weather this spring so let’s keep the watering and the soil comments on the list. Keep in mind that very soon you will need to add a mid afternoon watering time to give your plants a little relief.

Click HERE to download our FREE 2013 May Garden Checklist!

Good luck and keep up the green thumb practices. Don’t forget to check back with your planting schedule if you’re using Traditional Seed Company’s Online Garden Planner. These plans can be very helpful in organizing your next steps towards a great summer garden.

Also, don’t think that it’s too late to plant… As I mention above many warm weather plants can just now go it. Tomatoes, Okra, melons, and squash can all be planted now for great crops mid-summer.

Happy planting!

From The Farm

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2013 Garden Checklist: April

2013 Basic Garden Checklist: April | Bringing Design Home

It’s spring! Spring is finally here in Oklahoma. After a beautiful Easter weekend I can’t help but get excited about gardening. The sun is out and at least for the last couple of days we’ve seen some rain. Overall a great start to the growing season. If you planted any cool weather, or early season produce, you might be harvesting a few things. Any veggies that you wintered are hopefully showing an early harvest like our carrots in February! Regardless, it’s time to start stretching your green thumbs and getting ready for a great veggie season. You might look back over my post about the awesome new garden layout and scheduling tools from Territorial Seed Company and while you’re at looking into ordering some Heirloom Seeds!

If you’re laying out your garden look closely at your sun angles and shade ratios, keep in mind the prevailing winds in your area, and watch closely for an update from me on garden layouts coming a little later this month.

Now that I’ve got your head spinning with ideas of pretty blooms and juicy produce let’s look at the garden checklist for April.

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That’s a lot, but it’s worth it when you are serving up home grown entree’s that blow the neighbors minds. Keep your garden plan close at hand through this season. April, May, and June can be hectic as it is, but you don’t want to miss a prime planting time due to other distractions. If you haven’t already I would start looking into a compost bin, as we move toward harvest and cleaning out those garden plots. All the old grass and leaves can be placed in a compost bin and the soil used to boost the plants later in the season.

Happy planting and growing, and keep those green thumbs working!

From The Farm

Feel free to share any great garden advice of your own by leaving a comment. Thanks!

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2013 Garden Checklist: March

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Are you seeing little green things poking through the ground? I’ve got spinach and carrots and crazy enough garlic coming up! You usually plant garlic in the fall, but if you are more of a tomato’s and peppers kinda person you’ve got a little time yet before planting season begins. Most veggies, in Oklahoma, will go in around the end of March, first of April. Check your local planting guides to find out proper planting times for your area. Now let’s get down to it!

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2013 Garden Checklist: February

Garden Checklist February 2013

Ok, so it doesn’t feel super warm out yet, at least not consistently, but gardening is in full swing! Many people are starting seeds indoors and waking up their perennials as spring quickly approaches. I’ve already been out, warmed up the raised beds, cleaned up the over winter weeds, and put in my first run at square foot gardening; not to mention digging up an unexpected crop of carrots! So if your green thumb is already itching for green sprouts or if you’re just one of those people that likes to get an early start here are a few February garden tips to get you going…

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2012 Garden Checklist: August

2012 Garden Checklist - August

It’s August and it’s hot! This month for a garden checklist you’ve got some basic rules of thumb, about heat protection, sun protection, and hydration. I know it sounds like I’m talking about working out or the proper summer safety techniques. But honestly, your plants are the same way, they have skin, and need water, and they suffer sun damage just like us. So below you’ll find some basic rules of thumb and techniques to protect your plants and prolong your summer yield.

Click HERE to downolad our 2012, August Garden Checklist!

I hope this helps with your summer gardening. As we move toward the fall, I’ll be talking about planting cover crops and prepping for fall gardens.

Happy August and happy gardening!

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Summertime & the Living is Easy


For us, we know it’s vacation time when:

  • Our home sits on a private lake.
  • Our home has a private dock.
  • The pregnant lady gets to lounge on her stomach… on a raft! :)
  • Old fashion family meals around the dinner table.
  • One word… dishwasher.
  • Two letters… AC! :)
  • No one really knows what time it is.
  • The only laundry to do is your bathing suit, towel, and cover.
  • We have time to dream up life with baby and future vacations as the “3″ of us.
  • Apples to Apples with alcohol (Sassy Water for the pregnant lady) and Twizzlers. :)
  • Backyard games; Bocce Ball.
  • There are moments where no one is doing nothing and nothing is not boring.
  • The only makeup allowed is the natural shine of sun kissed freckles.
  • Watching the water reflection dance across the bedroom walls.
  • Sipping on the latest homemade wine from Meg’s dad (currently on the menu: Current Wine)

It’s summertime and the living is easy! Even if it’s for an extended weekend make sure you take time this summer to “rest” and do the things that refuel your soul.

What does a summer vacation look like to you?

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