The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
This Spring we’ve been talking a lot about gardens and green things growing. Last week I ran a post about creating garden spaces for your children by contributor Catherine Way. This week I’d like to ask what are you and your kids are growing in your garden spaces this year?
A Few Green Resources
Gardeners, like knitters, are eager to share what they know. Luckily for me, I happen to know a few people who are more successful gardeners than I am so I have smart folks to bounce ideas off of and ask questions. Between my Dad, my uncles, my brother Nate, and my sister HanaJean I’ve got a lot of living green resources to help me in this gardening adventure.
The good people here at Simple Living Media are a good gardening resource, as well. Did you see Danny Bourque’s raised bed tutorial on Simple Bites? And definitely don’t miss Simple Homemade’s (formerly Simple Organic) Gardening 101 series.
We have a simple raised bed system in our backyard and a few containers on our patio. We keep things pretty simple around here, in no small part because, while I have an adventurous gardening spirit, my thumbs are pretty black.
This year our plans include:
- Growing as many different colors of heirloom tomatoes as we can
- Expanding our raised bed system
- Start more plants from seed – I love Christen’s egg carton idea for seed starting
- Growing the ingredients for salsa, a family favorite
- Growing a morning glory fort for the kids, a la’ Sunflower Houses
- Our neighborhood has been hit pretty hard by the economy, we’ve got empty lots and abandoned houses that could use some cheer, so Jillian and I are hatching some sort of Miss Rumphius-style gurrilla flowering gardening plan. Exactly what we’ll do, I’m not quit sure yet, but we’re in agreement we want to do something for the little neighborhood we love so much (stay tuned!)
Let’s Talk: What are you and your kids growing this year?
Whether a small container garden in a sunny windowsill or acres of land, let’s talk: I’d love to hear what you are growing in your gardens this year.
Do you have any suggestions for our neighborhood Miss Rumphius-style flower project?
Have you ever participated in a neighborhood or community gardening project?
What is your garden space like?
How old are your kids and what kinds of things do they like to grow?
Is this your first year having a garden, or are you and your family old hats at this?
Let’s talk! The comments are open for discussion.