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Although we aren’t the backyard homesteaders that some of my friends are, our little raised bed garden is a source of joy and fun for our family, and we like to consider our thumbs to be at least green-ish.
It seems that every year we get a bit more adventurous, learning from our mistakes, growing new things, and enjoying more of our harvest (though “harvest” does seem like a generous term some years).
Personally, I am excited to garden this year as this will be the first spring in quite some time when I haven’t been pregnant or had a brand new baby, so I’m ready to get out there and see what we can do with this little back yard space of ours.
My littlest kids love digging in the dirt and my oldest is deep in botany study this year, so we are a family eager to get out there and get our hands dirty.
Here is what has been happening in our little garden lately …
May in the garden
The days are warmer, including the mornings. I’ve enjoyed going outside, before the rest of the family is awake, and walking around the yard, coffee cup in hand, imagining what our green spaces will be as they grow.
There still isn’t much to see just yet, as our seedlings just haven’t been as successful as we hoped, but now that warmer days are here and danger of frost has passed, the plans we have been dreaming about since Winter’s dark days are slowly being implemented, and it is okay if that means a trip to the nursery is in our future to purchase some plants.
A Pizza Garden
My kids are hoping to grow a pizza garden this year, with tomatoes, oregano, basil, and peppers. I would love to add some zucchini and eggplant into that mix and it would be fun to grow some quick growing veggies we can direct sow from seed, like radishes, lettuce, and spinach. Some kale for our smoothies and salads is must try for me, too.
Our June bearing strawberry plants are already covered in white flowers, a sign that berries will be abundant. Hopefully enough for us and for the bunny I’ve seen patrolling our yard recently.
We’re going to be doing some of the activities from the Edible Garden section of the At-Home Summer Nature Camp this week. I think a trip to the garden center will provide us with what we need to fill in the blanks our seed starting didn’t and we will be on our way to pizza sauce and toppings later this year. Ha ha! We can’t wait!
In the meantime, I’m pinning ideas and inspiration to my Dirt Pinterest board, waiting to see what will happen next in our garden.
Are you and your kids growing a garden this year? Windowsill or back forty, I’d love to hear what you’ve got planned and what green things are already growing for you.
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