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How does your Garden Grow?

As you may recall from this previous post, I’ve had some issues with our vegetable garden and was trying out a new spot. The larger raised beds are under a tree and get dappled sunlight most of the day. So our vegetables weren’t thriving as well as I would have liked. So this year we cleared out an area on the super sunny side yard to plant. This side of our house gets sun all day, which is the reason the previous owners put in a Sunroom! It must have been a weight loss method because when it is 90 degrees outside and 100 degrees inside we are all dripping sweat! I digress. Anywho, after putting in new soil, fertilizer and planting, we have a thriving garden, almost too thriving. Lesson learned, when it says plant 18 inches apart they’re pretty serious. We have lettuce, chard, basil, tomatoes and eggplant growing quite nicely. Next plantings though will be more spread out and less lettuce, how many salads can one family eat?!  ...

Planting a Vegetable Garden

The last few weeks we’ve been doing a lot of gardening. I am an amateur gardener at best. I try lots of stuff and see what works. A few years ago we took out our kids play structure and replaced it with garden boxes, a bench and a fire pit. We were totally excited to start planting. What we didn’t realize is the big beautiful tree that shaded our kids area also made growing veggies more difficult. Live and learn! What I have found is that some veggies like the half shaded area. We grow cauliflower, strawberries, broccoli, leeks and a few other veggies here. Tomatoes didn’t do so well so we plan to set up another box on our super sunny side yard. I’ve also recently started tucking veggies into pots with flowers. On my front porch I am growing jalapenos and rosemary. I have a separate flower box that I’ve planted mint. Make sure to plant mint separately otherwise it takes over the whole garden. I have seedlings for basil, cilantro and chives that I plan on adding amongst flowers. I hope this year I finally figure it out and have a very bountiful season! If you have any gardening tips I’d love to hear...

designer kids: little green thumb

I am not even close to a green thumb. Give me a plant and I can kill it by just standing next to it for too long. I am glad that my kid did not get the black thumb gene passed down to him. He just finished some preschool projects where they got to plant seeds in little cups and take care of them until they sprouted. He really enjoyed it. I thought it was very cute that he was bringing home cups of plants until a few sat on my counter next to my sink looking a bit like they needed to be dressed up. In other words, I am trying to get the plants out of the ugly plastic cups and into the ground before the decorating police arrive. I felt bad about “messing with” his preschool masterpieces until I found these on Etsy from Plaid Pigeon. “Roger” the dinosaur was made from a repurposed plastic toy! I love that. Perfect to put in the window of his room, play area, or backyard. After the plant is done (dies) then it can be a toy again. Re-useable just in time for Earth Day! Other Earth Day type things I found to do with kids and dirt (because they are going to get dirty anyway) are: Plant Pals “Plant a seed and watch a sprout appear in just 3 days! Lots of sprouts, actually. You’ll get to grow Mung Bean, Alfalfa and Wheat Grass Pals. Mung Bean Pals grow fast – how fast? Build a measurer and find out. The best part is that once you’re done experimenting,...