|"Soogar nap peas" fresh from the garden. Photo credit: LJR Images.|
We don't have any particularly green thumbs in our house, but the fantasy of what our garden could be is so strong that we have been attempting to garden for years -- in pots, plots, the yard, and window sill. Through trial and error, we have discovered five super simple things that our kids love to cultivate with us.
|Step right up! Photo credit: LJR Images.|
|Our favorite way to enjoy our tomatoes and basil. Photo credit: LJR Images.|
|Finally harvesting the pumpkins in September. Photo credit: LJR Images.|
Plant late May or seed inside 2-4 weeks before last spring frost.
A few other things we do? We love to grow scallions, herbs of all kinds, and jalapenos. We attribute a good deal of our success to the compost we work into the garden each year. We have a bin, and we buy worms. Freaked out? Then just buy some good dirt at the garden store.
|Hard-Bargaining Gardeners. Photo credit: LJR Images.|
Worried about not having enough space to garden? We have several different areas in our backyard that we use for veggies. We mix in flowers, especially marigolds, because they are attractive to pollinators while allegedly deterring some garden pests. As long as you have some good sun, you can plant anywhere. You don't need to section off a giant rectangle with perfect 90 degree angles. But, in case you're wondering, we do have a cool planter and we also had a raised bed with paver edges put in a couple of years ago. Still, much of our garden grows along our back fence without anything fancy. Okay - maybe a little bit fancy -- we picked up two of these trellises for our sugar snap peas. And our tomatoes grow so high that we are always on the lookout for new ways to manage/stake them. Give us your suggestions.
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