Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Our garden

Spring has finally arrived in our corner of the world and we have started the garden. My lovely husband amended the soil with compost and mushroom manure, I scrubbed and refilled pots and then the boys and I set about planning this year's crops.

A trip to the nursery later and we were set with a mix of seeds and plants. The boys selected their vegetable and flower options (marigolds for Bunny, cosmos for Boomer) and we set about getting things going. Of course, the boys didn't last quite as long as me, but they were earnest and helpful.

So, between what was left from last year and what we added, here's what we're growing so far this year:
  • beets
  • blueberries
  • bush beans
  • carrots, dragon and mignon
  • herbs (3 kinds of basil, chives, cilantro, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, 2 kinds of sage, and 2 kinds of thyme)
  • kale
  • mixed mesclun greens
  • radishes
  • rainbow chard
  • sorrel
  • spinach
  • strawberries
  • sugar snap peas
  • sweet peas
  • tomatoes, 7 heirloom varieties, and
  • zucchini
I love the garden. I love the rewarding feeling you get when the harvest begins. I love taking pictures of the beautiful bowls of vegetables I bring in from the yard - yellow, green, purple and red tomatoes glistening alongside purple and orange carrots, ruffled spring greens and Easter egg-coloured radishes. I love knowing there are no pesticides on my vegetables even if it means picking the occasional bug off my plate. And I love what my garden teaches me, like how to be more productive with less, and how to let go of things that aren't working.

The boys are loving the garden, too, more and more every year. They love sowing the seeds and waiting for the first sprouts to show. They love watering, especially when the big fat earthworms ooze out of the soil to roll in the water. They love running out to the garden and bringing food back for the table. They love sneaking cherry tomatoes, warm from the sun (so does the dog). And they love repeating back for their dad or grandparents the things they are learning about plants and nutrition. They are learning other things too, like how to be responsible and how to be patient.

Gardens are amazing, aren't they? You plant a few seeds and, with a little work, you can harvest for years.


  1. love this post!! thanks for inspiration!

  2. Hey, Sasha! How are you doing?!

    You are so welcome - I bet your two are born gardeners! Hope you're all well.

  3. I love gardens, or more accurately, I love the stuff you get from gardens! My yard has too many trees, but I am planting two tomato plants! I do plan to make many trips to my local farmer's market this year though! Enjoy the time gardening. It sounds like a family affair! I do have lots of flower gardens though.

  4. Hi Nancy - I wish I had lots of flower gardens! Somme day. :-)

    Good luck with your tomatoes! Let me know how they do and what type they are - I am always on the lookout for good tips on getting the best harvest and cutting back on blight.

    Happy watering!