A little digging in the dirt.

A couple of weekends ago we planted our veggie garden. We had fun as a family going to the garden centre to pick out our vegetable plants and seeds, and then going home to plant them. We went with the intention to start small this year to make sure that we didn’t get in over our heads with more weeding and maintenance than we have time for (this has happened in the past…). Even with the best intentions it was really hard to choose and before we knew it we had loaded up on a whole bunch of different yummy things to try.

When all was said and done we ended up planting corn, carrots, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli, green beans, peas, cucumbers, green peppers, cherry tomatoes and beefsteak tomatoes. This is in addition to the raspberry plants, strawberry plants and green onions that we already had. We also planted some chives, parsley, oregano, and rosemary in a planter on the deck for easy access for cooking!

Along the side of the garage we planted some more perennial flowers from seed, as well as some sunflowers in the back row. I didn’t even realize that you could plant perennials from seed (of course when I think about it it makes sense, but I have only planted these from a more mature plant before, so I am excited to see the results of this super inexpensive way to add new varieties of flowers to the mix)!

The girls had a great time getting their hands dirty and getting the seeds and plants planted, and we have really been enjoying going out every day and doing a little garden tour to see how the plants are doing. Most of the seeds have sprouted into little seedlings by now, and the plants are getting taller (except for the ones that the kids took out of the containers and ripped most of the roots off of…. they didn’t make it). My highlight of the day was when Zoey was SO excited to find a centipede. I loved to see her pick it up in her dirty hands to take a good look at it, and share her excitement with all of us. It just made my day to see my girls comfortable and happy digging in the dirt with the worms, and gardening alongside me.

Gardening Fun

This beautiful spring weather has inspired me to get out in the garden for the past couple of days. I LOVE to garden. Granted, I am not a very good gardener and I have so much to learn, but I just love digging around in the garden, getting dirty, and working hard outside. So far, we have a large perennial flower garden in the backyard. Last fall we added some smaller beds along the edges of the garage and the deck, and we (me and the girls) are really excited to fill up those spots and plant some veggies this summer!
Both Zoey (almost 5) and Sophia (3 ½) are going to choose two vegetables that they are going to plant and be in charge of this summer. It will be their job to weed them, and to harvest them. I am so looking forward to involving them in this fun and tasty adventure! I am also going to plant two herb container gardens on the deck so that we can cook with fresh herbs all summer, and hopefully make our own dried herbs to last through the winter. Yum, yum, and more yum.
Karis has been enjoying crawling around on the grass. She likes to feel the grass, and to pick up all of the little interesting things that she finds – acorns, woodchips, leaves, sticks….. She is still in the stage where she is putting many things into her mouth, which makes my gardening not very productive, but Karis is discovering so many neat things as she explores and I love to watch her as she does this.