My garden is now growing.
Planting is definitely pretty easy. The hardest part is deciding what to plant where. There are so many choices, so many combinations. Some plants are good companions, some are not. Some plants grow big and create shade for the others. Some plants like hot sun, others prefer cool temperatures. Some will tolerate some shade, some will not.
So I planted a mixture of heat lovers, such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers in my hot spots. I planted my cool weather friends, such as peas, in my cooler spots. I planted some lettuce and carrots and onions in a less sunny spot, where they will still grow, just not as big. I planted two large self-watering bins of summer salad fixin’s right out my back door – carrots, lettuce, peppers, basil, parsley beets and a tomato. I also found spots for potatoes, pole beans (to climb an archway vine!), bush beans, cilantro and dill.
Let it grow.
Here is a peak into what we were doing on May 1st.
Covering our onions up with dirt:
A couple weeks passed, and this is how things looked on May 17th:
Sugar peas popping up:
Onions showing their stalks:
Pretty shelling peas showing their leaves:
Carrots peaking up:
Lettuce and beets on the way (love the red stalks!):
My backdoor bins in the sunroom showing their shoots (clockwise from left: peas, peppers, carrots, lettuce, beets, basil, and tomato):
There you have it. All the seeds and seedlings are planted; everyone is safely tucked into their garden beds. In the next post I will show you how they look now!
I loved this process. I felt like a builder, creating goodness in my yard. I felt like a novice farmer, planning crops and setting seeds. It felt good to show my children how to plant food. I felt inspired by nature – putting a tiny inert speck of a carrot seed in the ground and then watching it actually push through the dirt and reach up for the sun.
Life. It is amazing, isn’t it?
I loved the time spent outside with the kids, in the sunshine and fresh spring breezes – building, digging, exercising, creating, planting.
Now we wait. Now we watch it grow.
What is your garden growing?