Wednesday, June 3, 2009

My thumb is greener than I thought....

Last year the kids wanted to grow our very own veggie/fruit garden. I laughed hysterically....until I realized they were serious. But unfortunately (for them, anyway), we just never got around to it. This year, they approached me with big sad eyes and said, "Mommy, please.....can we grow a veggie garden...please, please....". I agreed but I also told them that I had no clue where to even start so I started googling "growing your own veggie garden" and stalking reading the blogs of others who were experienced gardeners, like Jenna and Michelle

Our garden has been through a lot....strong winds, snails, my stepdad spraying weed killer all over the place....and we musn't forget...kids trampling through it. Oh and there was also the one time when Cole and Bella were out in the backyard one day and they came in with a handful of (what used to be beautiful) green bean seedlings in their hands, proudly announcing, "Look, Mommy....we pulled a bunch of weeds from the garden".

Some of it hasn't survived, especially our 5 watermelon plants which had already grown to about 3 inches high and were completely blown away by a strong wind storm we had one day.

Everyday the kids and I go out and check the garden and we giggle with delight (like the dorks that we are) when we discover a flower has bloomed or a tiny vegetable or fruit has started to sprout.

Here's what what we had as of yesterday morning:

The beginnings of tiny little strawberries.....

Our biggest zucchini so far....we call it "The Mama"....


Both zucchini plants.....


One of three tomato plants (one isn't doing so hot....my stepdad came over and pinched off the flowers for some reason, only for me to learn later that he wasn't supposed to...ugh)


Our 3 little surviving cucumber plants....no veggies yet though


The 3 surviving green bean plants....just now starting to flower a tiny bit....


The whole garden....all the empty spots were where some of our seedlings used to be.


So we're off to a good start this season. The kids want to grow pumpkins in the fall...not sure yet if I dare to even try that. We'll see....

35 comments:

Creative Junkie said...

My youngest gave my husband an ultimatum the other day: an 800 square foot tree house with a car port somewhere n our back yard, or a veggie garden.

They're going to the garden store this weekend.

Nikki B. said...

i'm really wanting to grow a garden. if nothing else an herb garden...or a salsa garden with cilantro, onions, tomatoes, and jalapenos!!!

good job...i don't do well with plants...so, i'm scared to try

The Mother said...

I just threw away a plastic plant from the living room that was starting to lose its leaves.

Noah's Mommy said...

yeah what a great garden...I think it's fabulous for kids to get out there and make things grow....thanks so much for coming by on my feature day last week...I'm so happy you did

Tami said...

I can picture the children with sprouts in their hands and huge grins on their faces LOL.

This project makes it fun for everyone. If I didn't have my dog we'd have one! She'd eat everything I planted. =(

Sadia said...

Plants see me coming and promptly commit suicide. The plus side to this is that when I weed, it's very effective. I'm jealous of your success!

Heather said...

How cool! Awesome job!

newlyweds said...

Oh it looks so good. Your zucchini looks beautiful and love the strawberries, how fun!! Glad to be of any help.

Desiree said...

Oh, I'm jealous I want to plant a veggie garden so badly but know nothing about planting food. I've HEARD pumpkins are super easy to grow but you have to plant them now I think... Good luck!!!

Mama Jenn said...

Oh, I am so excited for you! I can't wait until I am able to report progress like that!!!

Kristina P. said...

You probably don't want me even looking at these pictures. I think your plants will die. I kill everything!

Nyx said...

Great job, just a quick suggestion... If your kids want pumpkins, you need to start them now. They take all summer long to grow and mature in the fall. I learned that the hard way and my daughter has never forgotten it.

Sharlene said...

Can I smack your stepdad? Who pinches the flowers off tomato plants?

Jen said...

that is so cool! I totally want a vegetable garden. I wouldn't even know where to begin but I guess that is what the internet is for. So if you guys can do it then maybe we can too. Next year of course.

Kimberly said...

We have huge planter boxes filled with strawberries and potatoes, stuff... They were there when we bought the house and my black thumb has not kept them up. Kudos to you for a great start!

Paula @ Organizing Tips For Moms said...

What are you talking about? You are doing awesome! I have 6 tomato plants that are still in their containers that we have to plant. Poor things.

Michelle Hoad said...

Our garden is doing very well this year. My husband went a little bit overboard with the tomatoes and planted about 30 of them. With seven kids who all eat tomatoes, it takes that many to feed us. We try to garden organically and use only natural pesticides. We are currently battling the dreaded spider mites.

Missy said...

So cool! We love our garden too! For some reason your homegrown veggies always taste better than store bought!

April said...

wow! i'm so impressed! i would love to start a veggie garden, but i just don't have the time or energy. and i'm pretty sure my kids would destroy it. LOL

Rachael said...

wow, wonderful work! i am trying my hand at growing tomatoes this year. i thought i would start small :)

lvlc said...

Congrats! We started our first one last year and it was a success! I got myself informed watching Garden Girl TV (gardengirltv.com) you can find them in youtube! She makes gardening look chic! hahaha The message board is very helpful!

AudreyO said...

We do not have a garden this year. While I love the home grown veggies, the work to take care of the garden is more than I want to tackle.

Michelle said...

Ooh your plants look good!! I can't wait till ours are that big. We have strawberries too that are just starting to get red. Every time we are out Emily wants to check them!!

Shelly said...

Great garden! Following from MBC.

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Hey! Your garden looks fantastic! And your plants are big enough now not to be mistaken for weeds again, so ... you should have some tasty pickins soon.

heather@it'stwinsanity said...

Give yourself some credit! That garden rocks! Mine is a mess of weeds and compost so you are wayyyy ahead of me. Those strawberries are going to taste so great!

2SetsOfTwins4Me said...

nice garden, i am soooo jealous.
we did a garden last year and never got around to doing it this year. its alot of work but so worth it because of all the money you save and they taste sooo much better than store bought. its so hard to eat tomatoes from the store after you eat them from your garden.

WhisperingWriter said...

You're doing a great job. I wish I could do something like this but I think everything would die. I'm awful with plants.

Karen said...

That's so exciting! I really wish I had space to grow a garden. I'm looking forward to that!

And I think it's really cool how into it the kids are. Maybe this will make them excited to eat their veggies too. :-)

HarryJack's Mom said...

I'm living vicariously thru you and yours this year, hoping to be in a new house to start our own veggie odyssey next! I know little, but think you plant the pumpkins in May?? GL with it all, and keep the pix coming!

Michele S said...

Why would he pinch the tomato flowers off? Those turn into tomatoes! Yikes!

Your garden looks as good as mine this year. But even if it isn't world class, the kids are getting a super important lesson in how things grow and where there food come from. That's priceless. Good job Mamma.

AllieProzac the Fluoxetine Witch said...

It won't be long before those empty spaces in your garden get filled up with different kinds of veggies. Ours started out in the same way and now it has turned into a vegetarian's jungle of sorts.

Elle said...

Last time we tried a garden only some of it grew and then the deer ate it. Not so much fun. Your garden looks great!

Design it Chic said...

Oh you guys did great despite all the things that 'tried' to stop you from this victory.. i so envy you people who have yards for veggie gardens.. one day i dream of one of my own:)
Til' then, congrats' on yours!
Happy Thursday!
(fellow SITSta here)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I planted mine too early & everything died! Except the tomatoes. I hate tomatoes!

And strawberries! Okay, Suzy Homemaker. :)

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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