We planted our veggie garden last weekend. This is the second year we have planted one and even though we don’t really know what we are doing it is a lot of fun. Plus last year we actually got some yummy veggies to grow!
I think gardening is a good way to get back in touch with the cycles of nature. I find it strange and rather appalling that such simple things, such earthy things, can become so distant so fast. Speaking for myself, if I had to use my knowledge and skills of living off the land in order to survive, I would not be around long. Would you? Gardening is also a good lesson about where our food comes from. It allows the boys to see the hard work and time involved in the growing of our food. And there is no comparison between the thick skinned, tasteless tomatoes one buys at the grocery store and the sunshine tasting beauties one can grow in their own patch of dirt.
Our garden is roughly eight feet by four feet, filled with garden quality soil. We use no fertilizer or pesticides and we are big fans of worms.
I pretty much pick out plants we like and that will grow in our area and then make a planting diagram like so:
We buy most of our starters from the local farmer’s market. This year the booth where we bought most of our plants was nice enough to give Cody and Carter free carrot seed packets.
After we get our various gardening tools out, we stand around and visualize what our garden will look like. Cody liked the tomato cages.
Then we get down to the hard work of turning the soil. I used the pitchfork and Carter used a small spade. I think at this point Cody decided to supervise.
Once the soil was all ready to go, Husband came out and kindly offered to limb some of the smaller pine trees that were blocking the garden’s sunlight. We are surrounded by lots of large trees so every little ray of sun is welcome. The boys were quite excited by the limbing process and kept wanting to dash over, pick up the branches, and drag them over to our outdoor firepot to make a woodpile. They always seemed to just avoid having a large branch fall on them despite my constant nagging to stay clear of the cutting area. I finally could not watch any longer so I went around the side of the house to fill the bird feeders. While standing on the deck just a couple feet from one of our three (yes, we have three) humming bird feeders I was able to capture this:
The humming bird took a couple drinks and then, while I was madly trying to take another picture (my silly point and shoot camera takes a couple seconds to do whatever it does between pictures), it flew right in front of my face and looked at me before flying away.
Once the trees were limbed it was time to plant! Cody helped dig the holes and plant the peppers.
Once most of the plants were in the ground, the boys got to plant their carrot seeds. Cody chose the long front row to be where his carrots would grow and Carter wanted the two side rows.
Carter got about half of his carrot seeds planted and then, distracted by a worm or some such, he proceeded to dump the rest of the seeds in a pile outside of the garden. There were tears and he ran off to cry underneath our golden chain tree. Husband coaxed him out with a promise of a fire in our firepot later that night.
Overall it was a fun process and now we have a great little garden to tend. I look forward to seeing what grows and can’t wait for the first of the small sweet tomatoes to arrive.