Roots, Fruits and Shoots Business

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Hello, my name is Blake and I’m nine years old.  We are a homeschooling family and I have just started an organic produce business.  I named it Roots, Fruits and Shoots. We have been busy planting a garden this spring.  It is our first time to use wood mulch.  My mom has been posting about it until now.  I’ll be posting about the garden now.

We were not sure about the wood mulch at first, but once we saw the weeds flourishing under the mulch we thought our plants might do well.  We have been weeding the garden and the roots were big, but most were so easy to pull up.  I have only watered the garden once this year.  The wood mulch stores the moisture for the plants.  

We have quite a lot of things coming up like nasturtium, strawberries, potatoes, blueberries, carrots, and radish.  And we also have horseradish and blackberries in our front yard.  Our first crop is starting to come in, guess what it is?  Strawberries!!!  We harvested our first strawberries today!!!  


We have a green house where we planted tomatoes and peppers in pots.  We will move them out when they have matured and its warm enough.  I will be planting beans, corn, zucchini, squash, watermelon, pumpkins, cantaloupe, honey dew, Okra, and cucumbers very soon.  

Four years ago we planted blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, apples, grapes, peaches, and pears.  They are really starting to flourish and produce lots of fruit now.  Especially our blackberries and strawberries.



About Blake

Blake is an eleven year old homeschooled boy who lives on Live and Learn Farm and blogs about his experiences. He loves to cook, play soccer, read classics, play minecraft and hang out with his cats. He is in the fifth grade and he is studying: Algebra 1 (Teaching Textbooks), Science in the Beginning, Exercises in English and Vocabulary in Action (Loyola Press), All About Spelling, IEW, TRISMS History Masterminds and One Year Adventure Novel.


  1. Wow Blake! I am so very impressed with the expertise you have gained so far. I dont have a garden yet, but know who to contact when I start one, hopefeully next year! Oh, and I love the name of your business! Profe

  2. great project, a bit of advice with blueberries, they like to grow in cool moist acidic places, if not they will just limp along, as they do in our garden in the okanagan of western BC Canada, better feed them with some azalea food i have dumped coffee grounds over the deep mulch, but they are not happy in our climate with alkaline irrigation water..

  3. Hi Blake, so proud of you for starting your own produce business. I’m glad to learn you have had success w/the mulching. I spoke to your mom about it. I live in Jacksonville, FL and I should have planted my garden in March, but I worked part of the month and was away the other half of it. I purchased mulch last yr and it sits in my front yard. I think I might still try to plant some seeds and see what happens. It is getting hot here so it just might now work. I look forward to hearing more about your adventures.

  4. Thank you Miss Lisa, hope the mulch will work for you too!!

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