It seems like everyone with a garden likes to blog about their garden and I’m sure it gets tedious. And yet, I am spending so much time on this little patch of earth – mostly just marvelling at it – that I have to share. Hope y’all don’t mind.
Our teeny tiny garden has just exploded with life in the past few weeks. Witness:
Most of this stuff was grown from seed. Isn’t that crazy? Those of you who garden all the time are like, yes, yes, Lynn, WE KNOW. But I just can’t get over it. Food! From the ground! We grew it!
Doesn’t it just blow your mind?
That huge, huge, dark green plant in the back corner is just one (1) tomato plant. It’s so huge now I think it maybe got some radiation exposure somehow. My mom told me last week that I was supposed to be cutting it back as it grew, but how was I supposed to know that? Now its stems are as thick as the Little Miss’ wrists and I’m afraid I’ll damage it if I cut anything off. So I just replanted some of the smaller plants it was enveloping and now it’s free to run wild, along with the zucchini plant next to it who is its ginormous partner in crime.
So far we have harvested some lettuce, radishes, and peas in the pod. The best thing about having a garden is the way the kids will try anything that comes from the garden because they had a hand in growing it. In fact, I can’t actually get any peas to make it from the garden to our table, because as soon as any pods are remotely close to being big enough to eat, little fingers are in there helping themselves. And I can’t really complain about that.
Next year, more peas.
Here’s a shot of some of the radishes we grew:
I highly recommend radishes to all novice gardeners. They were so easy and they go from seed to table in just three weeks. Within a few days you’ll have a little plant; within a week a recognizable garden; in two weeks you’ll see the red root pushing up at the surface of the ground. It’s very rewarding and the kids loved seeing the plants come up into food so quickly.
The second best thing about having a garden is that when I go to make dinner and find we are short on side veggies, I just go out to the garden and grab some. It’s like having the Farm Boy in my backyard! And that is COOL.
So all this is to say that we’ll definitely garden again. It’s already been so amazing, and surprisingly easy. Other than watering it a lot during the seed phase and a couple of times on really hot days, we haven’t done anything else.
Except enjoy. YUM.