I’m behind on my garden updates, but I’m just going to start at the very beginning…afterall that’s a very good place to start.
I’m back to gardening after what feels like a very long wait. It’s been hard waiting to get my garden going while we’ve been so busy and spring has been springing with out me. This year I have all three of my raised beds all ready to go. A dear friend offered to add the soil to them for me as a housewarming gift. I took her up on that.
I started planting cooler weather seeds on April 3rd out in my first box and got it halfway planted. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before, but I do the square foot gardening method. It’s so simple, and I can get a great yield out of my tiny 4×4 beds.
Things that were planted on 4/3
A square of red lettuce Lolla Rossa
kale (Russian…I hope it’s not too warm for this already)
Alyssum (tiny white flowers)
Dragon carrots (these are short purplish red carrots)
Sweet pea flowers
In mid April, I had a friend over, and even though it was laundry day, we decided to head of to the community garden center. She is a member there, and I’d never been. I couldn’t help myself, and I bought some lettuce, broccoli and collard green plants. And a fistful of seed packets (for 10 cents each). I had no idea that the community garden had such affordable plants and seeds. Also, the varieties of plants and seeds that they have available are specially chosen because they do well in our area.
At home that afternoon, I immediately got out my trowel and dug into the four squares in the third row of my bed. I planted two broccoli plants and two lettuce plants. I was delighted to see some spinach poking it’s two little pointy leaves up as well. A couple of other squares have tiny little sprouts in them, but I’m not sure if they are veggies or weeds. A few more days will let me know.
Finally, in the back row of that bed, I planted more seeds: carrots, zinnias, four o’clocks, and one more kale.
Gracie and Ava are interested in helping to water the garden at this point. They are pretty much over the planting of seeds…but hopefully they will come back around to it. Granger and Finn are a little more interested than I’d like. Two year olds may be my most dangerous garden pests this year…but I’m up for it anyway.
The following day, I started planting the second bed. I planted two squares of collard plants, and 2 squares of marigold seeds (one dwarf, and one large), two squares of snow peas, and a square of lettuce (plants).
That evening while I gardened, the girls decided to take us up on our offer to pay them for cleaning up the yard of dog…erm…droppings. I taught them how to walk through the yard systematically and how to pick up the poop on the shovel…picking up crap really is a life skill.
I’m really proud of how they worked together.
I’m also proud of how the boys worked together. They found a shady spot in the yard that doesn’t grow grass and threw dirt all over themselves…including in their hair and down into Granger’s diaper. Finn was somehow completely naked for this escapade. And then all four children had a bath.
In other spring news we have an azalea bush behind our deck, and it’s bright pink blooms are plumping up and starting to burst open. I’d forgotten that right after Ava was born, my father in law sent me an azalea with blooms that exact same color. I’m so grateful. This bush will always remind me of that wondrous time.
What are you planting this year?