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G A R DEN P. Allen Smith’s


VOLUME 1 2016

SPRING ISSUE Design | Grow | Create| Cook | Marketplace | Travel


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. MOSS MOUNTAIN FARM $90 per person

Spend a day on the farm and discover the simple 1–2–3 of Backyard Homesteading All you need is a little homespun inspiration, comfortable shoes and a love for the outdoors. Space is limited. Visit, email or call Joyce at 501.519.5793 to make your reservation!










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We Made This! Head Cheese


Guard of the Coffers

The Creative Minds

Pam Holden

Katherine Laughlin Katie Hassell

Ideas Man

Mike Mueller

Stylists Extraordinaire

Laura Grimes Mandy Shoptaw Shannon Lloyd

Keeper of the Head Cheese

Laura Leech

Emissary to Our Partners

Brandi Moran

The Internet Artisan

Todd Orr

Task Master

Mary Ellen Pyle

Hucksters of Fine Goods

Laura Grimes Chance Slaughter Shannon Lloyd

Photography Hoarder

Suzanne Selby Social Butterfly

Heaven Mercer Scribes

P. Allen Smith • Amy Gordy Makers of Video Magic Patrick Green • Jeff Cerino • Christie Kratz • Heaven Mercer • Chip Simons • Brent Walker Shutterbugs

Donna Evans • Mark Fonville • Karen Segrave Farm Sentinels Joyce Smith • Chris Smith

Moss Mountain Farm


$90 per person came to Moss Mountain after my mother visited “ Ihere last fall. She told me it was a MUST for my trip

from Colorado to Alabama – she was so right; just beautiful. - Rob Overall, Denver, CO

Grab your friends and come visit us. Tour the opulent gardens and Allen’s private home. Then sit down to a garden-to-table dining experience selected from Allen’s best-selling cookbook. Space is limited. Visit, email or call Joyce at 501.519.5793 to make your reservation!

Allen’s Letter

Working in the garden can offer many educational opportunities for kids. There’s nothing like the satisfaction of seeing a seed you planted and cared for come to fruition. Gardening teaches patience and responsibility—and life doesn’t get better than having permission to get dirty!

Involving kids in the garden duties is a great way to get them out of the house and breathing the fresh air this spring. Kids love learning about the plants sprouting up from the ground, and all that goes into cultivating them. There are so many tasks kids can be involved in, from digging and weeding to planting, watering, building and more. If dirt and water are involved, it shouldn’t take much coaxing to get them away from the television on a sunny day. To help get you started, we’ve compiled a collection of great, hands-on garden projects, recipes for kids and ideas for easy herbs and veggies for a beginner’s garden. Plant with the little ones and once the veggies and herbs are ready to




eat, the lesson becomes one on where our food comes from. Kids will taste the difference and delight in the satisfaction of growing and eating their own foods. The opportunities to teach and grow are endless, and it’s always a treat to have some help and laughter in the garden with you! Cheers, Allen


l o o P e i d d Ki Raised Bed Give that plastic kiddie pool your brood has outgrown a brand new life as a raised bed. This is a fun, earth-friendly project the kids will enjoy, and it’s a great lesson in gardening for young minds. These summertime toys are fun when the kids are small, but cumbersome and tough to get rid of once they are done splashing around in them. If you have one lying around the garage, you can easily transform it into a raised bed for veggies, herbs or flowers. Its size makes it perfect for little ones to pitch in! Encourage your kids to get creative in this raised bed and experiment with some of their favorite plants.


• Plastic pool • Garden soil

• Brightly colored plants and herbs • Acrylic paint • Brushes

• Wood paint stirrers


1. Plants need good, well-drained

soil, so flip the pool upside down and drill drainage holes in the bottom.

2. Find a good sunny spot (if

that’s what your plants call for) in the yard and place the pool there before you fill it.

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3. Turn the pool back over and fill with soil

leaving an inch or two at the top. For nice, nutrient-rich soil use one part garden soil and one part compost, or add a soil conditioner like Good Dirt Soil Conditioner to give your soil the added nutrients it needs.

Raised Bed Checklist Good Dirt

Plants need nutrient-rich soil to really thrive, and sometimes your average garden center soil just won’t cut it. It’s a good idea to amend your soil with organic matter to really give plants the boost they need. Good Dirt Soil Conditioner™ is a unique soil conditioner that includes a mix of peat moss, a nutrient charge from an organic based plant food, and a dose of plant probiotics to help your garden perform to its maximum ability. This soil conditioner is light and airy, and provides added air and drainage to soils using BogBits™, a recycled by-product from North American peat bogs that provides added air space for great root growth. It’s an excellent product to keep soil rich and loose, so plants have all they need to grow. Learn more at

A.M. Leonard Tools

4. Plot out the plants your child has chosen from the garden center, making sure they each have enough room to grow.

5. Let the kids dig, plant and water the plants

making sure to label them with plant makers (see instructions on page 13) so you can watch each plant grow.

Watch the video on Page 13

There is nothing worse than being right in the middle of a garden project only to discover you don’t have a tool you need! Before you get started on any project, take inventory of what you’ll need and grab any of these dependable tools from A.M. Leonard. This company has been creating professional-grade lawn, garden and landscaping tools since 1885, and are some of the best on the market. Here are a few things you’ll need for this project:

The Gardener’s Hollow Leg Jr.

Kid’s Ducky Gloves One Gallon Root Pouch (Recycled, Reusable & Kid Sized!)

It’s important to know what’s growing in your garden so you can learn and understand the plant as it develops. Kids especially need a point of reference when learning about gardening. Plants can look very different, and labeling them can help kids see the differences in size, growth rate and fruit or flower production of their favorite plants. These garden markers are fun, easy and a great guide for a beginner gardener to get a handle on horticulture.


• Wooden paint stirrers • Acrylic paint

• Paintbrushes


1. Talk about all the plants you’ve pur-

chased for your garden and decide which colors to paint their corresponding stirrer sticks. Red markers relate to tomatoes and red peppers, and yellow is great for marigolds and squash.

2. Once you choose your color scheme, let

kids get creative with the paints and help them to write the names of the plants clearly on each marker.

3. Place the markers in the bed so you can know what they are as you watch them grow!


ted PainPlant Markers


Easy Herbs & Veggies For Kids

Building a garden is great fun at any age … especially when you get to taste the fruits of your labor! Creating an herb and veggie garden is a great way for kids to experiment with different, fresh flavors and learn where their food comes from! Some plants are easier to grow than others, and it’s important you pick the right ones when introducing kids to gardening. If the task becomes too difficult, high-maintenance or if a plant fails to produce, then kids can be easily discouraged by their new hobby. There are tons of plants that are perfect for green thumb beginners. Here are a few we suggest you try…

Baby Broccoli ‘Aspabroc’

This delicious, miniature vegetable is known as Broccolini® in the produce section of your grocery store. It has a mild taste with a small broccoli head and thin asparagus-like stalk. It’s easy to grow and requires very little space. Eat them raw with a dip, or steam them for a perfect homegrown side with dinner.

Sweet Pepper ‘Right on Red’

These red peppers produce a fun flattened fruit with high yields. The peppers hang on top of 18 to 24-inch plants and are great for stuffing or pickling.

Melon ‘Lilliput’

Kids love anything personal-sized, and these miniature melons are a crowd-pleaser. The dark orange flesh of the fruit is very sweet and aromatic. The round melon matures to about 5 inches in diameter. It’s the perfect snack-size!

Cherry Tomato ‘Red Robin’ This compact, well-branching plant produces a high yield of delicious cherry tomatoes. The tomatoes are a beautiful bright red and approximately 1 inch in diameter. Perfect for snacking or to use in marinara sauce or on pizza.


This fast-growing herb is great to perk up tea or lemonade. It produces a strong scent, and a little will go a long way with this spreading plant. Plant it in its own container unless you want it to take over your garden. Snip the leaves and wash them when you are ready to use.


This popular herb is easy to grow and great in just about any dish. Serve it up in a Caprese Salad with mozzarella and tomatoes, in your pasta sauce or atop a crispy Margherita Pizza. It is highly fragrant, and a staple in any herb and veggie garden.

Pineapple Sage

Fill your garden with the tropical scent of pineapple with this edible, flowering herb. It is a late bloomer that will grow up to 4 feet tall as it sprouts spires of red blooms in the late summer and fall. It’s scented foliage is best used fresh in cold summer beverages like herbal teas, cocktails, or juices. Chop it and add it to fruit salad for a delicious tropical taste.

Bonnie Mega-Cabbage (OS Cross)

Turn heads in your neighborhood with this fun, oversized cabbage. It produces exhibition-sized heads that can grow 30-50 pounds. Give them at least 3 feet of space on either size and watch them grow. Kids will delight in charting the growth until it’s ready for harvest.

Arugula Plant this high-yield cool season annual in early spring or fall. It produces peppery, mustard-flavored leaves that are great in salads or on pizzas and sandwiches. These leafy plants grow 6 to 12 inches tall in the harvest stage. Younger leaves have a more desirable taste, so start picking leaves as soon as they’re large enough for use.


Every kid loves strawberries! They are great on their own, added to strawberry shortcake, sliced in your morning cereal or frozen for making smoothies. Nothing tastes better than a strawberry harvested right from your garden, and they are easy to grow! The first fruits ripen in spring, and after a short rest in the late summer, you may get a second burst of fruit in the fall. Plant them in beds, hanging baskets or containers.

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ing SteppStones Stepping stones are a great way to guide guests through the lawn while subtly encouraging them to keep off the grass. There are many ways you can create your own stones to add a personal touch to the garden. I like to incorporate colorful stones, shells and tiles in my pathway to add an extra burst of color and interest to the garden that will stay year-round. Making stepping stones is great fun, and a good way to get kids helping in the garden. Here’s an easy way to make your own!


• 10-inch plastic molds

• Ready-to-use concrete mix

• Decorative stones, shells or tile pieces • Water

• 5-gallon bucket

• Protective eye wear • Face mask


1. First, you’ll need to plot your garden path to be sure you make enough stepping stones for guests to reach their destination. Set out a few planters or buckets that are approximately the same size as the stones—about 10 inches in diameter. Once you’ve established how many stones you need, the fun begins! Continued on the next page

2. Grab your 5-gallon bucket and empty your concrete mix into it.

3. Follow the directions on the bag and add the appropriate amount of water.

4. Stir until it’s mixed well and thick. 5.

Pour concrete mixture into the molds.

6. Gently shake the molds to level the concrete mix and remove air pockets.

7. Add tile pieces, stones or shells to the tops of the molds, and press them into the wet cement so the top is flat.

8. Allow to dry for 24 hours before removing the mold.

9. Stepping stones will be fully dry

and ready to place in the garden in 4-5 days.

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ed PaintPlanters Get the whole family involved with a project that encourages creativity in kids of all ages. These painted planters are great, visual garden markers—perfect for little ones who are still learning to read. Talk with your kids and let them choose the fruits and veggies they are most interested in growing (tomatoes, peppers and strawberries work well). Decorate the pots to match the plants and you have works of art to decorate the garden year after year!


• 2 Large terra cotta pots (18-inch) with 2 saucers • 1 small terra cotta pot (10-12-inch) and saucer • 3 small paintbrushes

• Red, green and black exterior paint • Pencil


1. Using a pencil, draw a tomato on one of the large pots and a pepper on the other. Draw a strawberry on the smaller pot.

2. Use a small brush to outline the drawings with black paint.

3. Fill in the inside of the outlines with the

red and green paint. For example, you may use red for the body of the vegetable or fruit and green for the leaves and stem. Allow to dry.

• Potting soil

• Tomato plant • Pepper plant

• Strawberry plant

• Tomato cage or small trellis • Stake (for pepper plants)

4. Fill the pots with potting soil, and plant

each plant in the container designated for it.

5. Water the plants.

6. Add a tomato cage or small trellis for the

tomato plant and a stake for the pepper plants.

7. Place a saucer under each of the planted containers and group them in a sunny spot.

8. Water as needed.


y s a e P y s a E Grilled Pizza Celebrate your harvest by preparing a delicious, savory pizza using your fresh ingredients. Kids will love helping to create this recipe and delight in experiencing all the flavors they helped produce in the garden! Head out to the garden and snip some basil and a handful of cherry tomatoes and let the kitchen fun begin.


1 cup plain Greek yogurt 1 ½ cups self-rising flour 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon sea salt 1 tablespoon chopped oregano 1 ½ cups pizza sauce

1 pint cherry tomatoes, sliced in half 8-ounce package fat-free shredded mozzarella cheese 2 tablespoons chopped basil Cornmeal for dusting pizza stone


1. Fire up the grill, and place pizza stone on the grill to heat.

2. In a bowl, combine yogurt and 1 cup of flour to create dough, sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of flour on the counter and knead the dough for 5 minutes.

3. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out evenly on a floured work surface. Brush the dough with olive oil and sprinkle sea salt. Dust the pizza stone with cornmeal to prevent sticking and slide the dough onto the pizza stone. Grill for 5 minutes.

4. Stir the oregano into the pizza sauce and coat the rolled out dough with the sauce.

5. Next, place sliced cherry tomatoes on the sauce and sprinkle the shredded cheese over the tomatoes. Cook and additional 10 minutes on the grill or until the cheese has melted.

6. Remove the stone from the grill, sprinkle with basil and serve immediately.


y r r e b w a r StLemonade There is something about the combination of sweet strawberries and tart lemons that makes this drink absolutely heavenly. Head to your garden to collect a pint or so of homegrown strawberries and a few sprigs of mint to create this absolutely refreshing combination. It tastes like pure nectar and is a favorite of all age groups.


2 cups water 1 ½ cups sugar 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest 1 cup fresh lemon juice


1 pint fresh strawberries, washed hulled and halved 2 cups chilled sparkling water or club soda Ice Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish Whole strawberries, for garnish

1. Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil.

2. Once the mixture is bubbling, reduce the heat

and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.

3. Add the lemon zest and juice, stir, and then remove the pan from the heat.

4. Let the mixture cool completely, and then pour it through a strainer into a clean pitcher.

5. Puree the pint of hulled, halved strawberries in a blender and add the puree to the lemonade. Stir well to combine, and refrigerate until nice and cold.

6. Just before serving, add the chilled sparkling

water and stir well. Pour into glasses filled with ice, garnish each one with a mint sprig and a strawberry and serve.

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SPRING MEADOW GOAT’S MILK SOAP Freshen up with the crisp, floral scent of a field of fresh flowers after a soft rain with a bar of handmade Spring Meadow Goat’s Milk Soap. This mild, 4-ounce cleansing bar is made with all natural ingredients including coconut, olive, and rice bran oils, vegetable shortening, lye and 25 percent fresh goats milk. It will leave your family smelling flower-fresh, and give your skin a soft, natural glow. Handmade on a small, farm-based business in Arkansas.

FRAMED COW COLLAGE This eclectic mix of bright, colorful patterns converges to create a Framed Cow Collage that’s perfect to add some lively livestock to your decor. This flower crown adorned cow brings earthy browns and rosy pinks together in a perfectly picturesque palette. Hang it over your sofa, dining table or in the kids’ playroom. Art includes a black frame. Constructed of individually cut patterned paper. BULL FROG ULTIMATE SHEER BODY SUNSCREEN, SPF 30 This gentle sunscreen scores a 2 with the Environmental Working Group’s sunscreen safety guide. Download their app or check their website to find out what’s really in the sunscreens on your shelf and how safe they are for your kids. KIDS GARDEN TOOLS Kids will love working in the yard with these hardworking tools that are just their size. This sturdy set comes with a garden rake, hoe, shovel and bamboo leaf rake to take on the tough jobs. They are sized to fit ages 6 and up and come with a lifetime guarantee. (Photo credit:

OLD FASHIONED TREE SWING Let the kids swing from the branches of your favorite tree on this handmade old-fashioned tree swing by Peg & Awl. It’s made from responsibly-sourced Cypress and finished with a beautiful tung oil. Sturdy 25-inch ropes with 4800-pound breaking strength and tied with a five-loop fisherman’s knot are included. (Photo credit: Esty Shop PegandAwl) WESTROCK Fill your cup with a rich, robust, sustainable coffee. This international company is proudly based in Arkansas with origin export facilities in Rwanda and Tanzania. Westrock works with smallholder farmers around the globe to create some of the finest coffees in the world. The company offers complete transparency to consumers and fair, honest trade to their farmer partners. In turn, these partnerships impact the farmers, their families and their entire communities.

CHICK ME OUT KIDS T-SHIRT Help your little ones promote local growers with this P. Allen Smith exclusive Chicken T-Shirt that proudly displays the cute slogan, “Chick Me Out!” This hand-drawn chick is on a slate blue 100 percent cotton shirt. The P. Allen Smith Garden Home logo adorns the sleeve. Available in kids sizes X-Small through X-Large. CHILD’S WHEELBARROW Get your kids involved with this fun, child-sized garden toy. They can rake up the leaves, pile them in and tote them across the lawn. This durable wheelbarrow is just like moms and dad’s with a metal frame, solid wooden handles and rubber tire. It’s crafted to last! (Photo credit:

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Arkansas is full of historical treasures, and one that is dear to my heart is the Johnny Cash boyhood home in the Delta town of Dyess. This unique community was created under Roosevelt’s New Deal as a way to help families suffering in the Great Depression. Cash’s family, along with 500 other families, settled in this colony in 1935, and helped the area to thrive.

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The restoration of Cash’s boyhood home gives a fascinating glimpse of the typical lives of those who lived in this colony along the Mississippi River. The home is full of relics including Mama Cash’s piano, the original floor cloth the Cash children played on and more. Visit the home and the Dyess colony to understand how this tight-knit Delta community shaped the legendary artist known as “The Man in Black.”


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If you want to get your kids involved in backyard poultry, this is a great starter breed. While they aren’t the best egg layers, these chickens are excellent pets. Docile and friendly, they will come to you when called and like to be held.

Be Sure to support your local 4-H/FFA chapters and to visit your county, state and regional livestock and poultry shows to help further the cause.

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