Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It has been a long stretch since I last posted. Life has been very busy and the blog had to go on the back burner for awhile. I wanted to post a quick update on how our garden is doing. We are starting to get a lot of tomatoes, ton and tons of basil and mint herbs, purple hole peas, some green beans, lots of cucumbers and some okra and egg plant. Oh yes, and squash. What we have learned on our second year of gardening is that we do like container or boxed gardening, however, we need something at LEAST twice the size of what we planted this year. The problem is we are not always producing enough in a given day to make for the whole family. We will have a hand full of green beans or three squash, etc. We need a big garden so we are able to pick enough at any given time. I have also learned that some things, such as radishes, have to be planted incrementally. What happens is they all are ready for harvest at a bout the same time and then there are no more. So you have to figure out a system of planting and then replanting ever so often. I don't have that figured out yet. We also purchased a timer so the sprinkler goes on every morning and afternoon at a certain time. That has been a help too. I can see how this gardening thing takes some time to really learn the ins and outs, but we are having fun. The children love to go check the garden and often snack right out of it. I remind them to wash before eating, but they love to bite into cucumbers or snack on raw green beans, etc. I like that it is a healthy and free snack. :)

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