My favorite time of the year has finally arrived! It’s time to plant the garden. I love the smell of all that fresh turned dirt and the feel of it in my hands. It’s tough work but Dad and my 7 year old are both amazing help. Dad does a lot of the back breaking work getting the soil ready and my 7 year old and I plant the seeds and the little plants. So far we are halfway through planting the garden, we are so fortunate to have a lot of space to plant even if it never seems to be enough, every year we add something new, this year we are trying cauliflower for the first time.
I am always in complete awe of how much food will come out of all those seeds and little plants. It blows my mind! Starting near the end of June we will be eating the first few veggies and from then we will be picking veggies daily for lunch and dinner. And everyday I try to squirrel away veggies to freeze or can so we can enjoy them into the winter months. A good garden year will feed us into March!
It’s so amazing to see how excited the kids get watching food grow right before their eyes. They love to eat veggies right out of the garden, in fact they pretty much raid the cherry tomatoes and peas everyday. Can’t find the kids, check the garden, they are probably stuffing their faces! They love to help pick the veggies for our meals too, I think this is one of the reasons I don’t have to hide or trick them into eating their vegetables.
We don’t use any pesticides or chemicals so it’s so great to know what we are feeding our family is good for us. In those few months I have to buy veggies from the store I’m often worried what has been sprayed on them. I never peel anything out of the garden but I peel everything from the store.
This year we are also planting apple trees! I’m so excited I almost can’t contain myself. We already have raspberry bushes and a plum tree and it’ll be wonderful to add more fruit. I think next year we will try a pear tree too.
A garden is a ton of work but worth every bit of it! I best get my butt out to the garden now and get those onions planted.