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:
- 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)
- mixed mesclun greens
- rainbow chard
- sugar snap peas
- sweet peas
- tomatoes, 7 heirloom varieties, and
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.