This has to be my favorite time of year. As soon as we get finished with our school day we head out doors to enjoy the beautiful weather. Most of our days are spent enjoying the outdoors as a family doing various activities such as gardening, riding bikes, playing in the sandbox, etc.
Yep, I said gardening and if you asked my mother she would never have dreamed in a million years that I would garden or even hang clothes on the clothesline. Growing up we lived very close to our immediate family. I was always surrounded by aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents, and gardening.
There’s that “G” word again…
Oh how I hated having to work the garden. It was part of what I was asked to do growing up (like hanging clothes on the line and push mowing the lawn) and I complained every second that I was doing it. I swore that I would NEVER EVER garden, mow with a push mower or hang clothes on the line. It was too hot and there was just too many bugs… Fast forward many years and now I actually find all those things I hated as a child relaxing.
Over the years our garden has changed in sizes depending on how much time we had to spend in it. It’s went from really small, to medium and this year we have went bigger than ever since I have two little boys that are big enough to help out. I’m not an expert on it since I wasn’t raised doing organic gardening. Some years it goes great and some the entire season is spent fighting either the garden bugs or our little furry friends. I even had a squirrel nice enough to plant a walnut tree right smack dab in the middle of my garden. I’m sure he felt the 60+ walnut trees that surrounds us was just not enough for him and his family. That or he hates that my garden takes up “his” yard space and wanted to kill it out by using Walnut trees since they wreak havoc on veggies and fruits trees. I did have to pull up his tree..walnut and all, but that’s ok. I did plant him some sunflowers to enjoy.
We have three different garden spaces and are just wrapping up getting everything in the 3rd one. In case you’re wondering why three spaces, it’s because of the layout of our yard. Remember I mentioned all the walnut trees? Well a lot of veggies won’t grow great around them and we really do have 60+ in our yard and we also have a pond. So in order to get the best spots with full sun and limited walnut trees I have to space them out.
Curious what veggies we have planted? We have
✼ Peppers (variety)
✼ Variety of squash (patty pan, delicata, spaghetti, butternut, zucchini, yellow)
✼ Green Beans (variety)
✼ Snap peas
Most of these were planted from seed and we like using the heirloom seeds when possible. I find that I get the best results with those. This is the first year I have done butternut, spaghetti and delicata so I’m not sure how they’ll do. Peppers never seem to grow that great for me, but I’m determined. I plant them every year and do things a little different. Like I said, it’s a learning process and I’m determined to figure it all out!