This past weekend was full of everything and nothing all at the same time. Those kinds of weekends are pretty awesome aren’t they? I feel like most weekends are full of plans, outings and errands. This weekend we didn’t really go anywhere far or have any set plans. It was fun to just go with the flow of each day. As I mentioned in yesterdays post there was the carnival, there was also our regular trip to the farmers market, a Mommy daughter date with Rowan, good music, gardening, washing the car, a visit from Kev’s parents, and a bbq with friends.
I planted my first legit vegetable garden this weekend. My tiny container garden did ok last year, but I wanted something bigger. I dug out one of our garden beds on the side of the house that gets the most sun. I reworked all the soil and spent way too much time tilling it all up. Gardening is a lot of work! It really is rewarding though. I am starting to see why people love it so much. I got all organic starter plants from the farmers market. I was so nervous!! Everyone does it so different it seems like and there always seems to be this crazy science between peat moss, manure, soil, etc… It can feel overwhelming to someone who does not garden (me). Finally I decided to get over my fear and just go for it. It won’t grow any better if it isn’t planted. Might as well just plant and see what happens. Rowan and Finley had a lot of fun helping as well. We have crazy little critters in our yard so I had to fence it all and stake the fence to the ground. We ended up planting cucumbers, brussels sprouts, 2 kinds of cherry tomatoes, swiss chard, 2 kinds of kale, zucchini, sugar snap peas and green beans. My fingers are crossed something grows.
Anyone have any tips for a first time gardener like me?
We love unplanned weekends here too, so much fun to just enjoy each other. Congrats on the garden. Plants are lot more resilient than people think, just keep them watered and you’ll be fine.
I had an allotment in the UK to grow vegetables on before we moved to Canada and there were so many wise old gardeners there to give me advice- I do miss that place! They always told me to plant lots, expect losses but more importantly just enjoy it and only ever plant things you enjoy eating- that way you will never mind putting in the work to care for it. Oh and if you have space plant courgette (zucchini), easy to grow, super to look after and you will get so much from one plant- my boys love them as one day they are tiny and the day after they are huge and need picking right away! Good luck and happy growing.
adorable photos! looks like the perfect weekend.
You’ve put effort into it than I ever have, and I’ve never been disappointed! Just be diligent with watering!
This is a total side note, but I feel like I am following in your footsteps. I am a high school art teacher, who just put in her resignation to raise my first baby (due in November). I’ve been following your blog for a long time, and you have made me believe I can do this thing!
I am glad you see you have gone organic and have given up on the chemical filled miricle gro.
Sounds like a great weekend! My husband has created our vege garden, because I have a bit of a black thumb (i.e. plants die when I touch them).
i love this kind of family days..i think spending times together as a family is the most precious moments..your weekend was great!!
xo josephine c.