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Garden 2016 – Getting Ready!

We’re back! We had to skip gardening in 2015 because we had some major weed problems to take care of on our property. But, we have them mostly under control (as well as you can on a farm in the country) and we’re ready to jump back into gardening! The boys and I missed it so much last year.

We’re moving garden locations so we can expand a little and plant more this year. We are also doing a lot of other outdoor projects all over the property so I’ll throw those in here and there as well.

Here is what we have done so far to get the garden beds ready:

Started Seeds of course!

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So far we have started all tomatoes, kale, spinach, swiss chard, broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, eggplant and all the herbs.

Tilled up new garden beds and weed clean out (the un-fun part)

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We will be putting up the garden fence today  to keep out Rabbit, Deer and our farm dog Josie who thinks new tilled dirt makes the best nap spot.

We also planted 2 new climbing rosebushes that I hope will take off and make our fence line pretty again!

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Of course, juice breaks are necessary.

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We will also be putting in a Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden in the front flower bed (where our garden was in 2014) and herbs and plants in another bed. I’ll do a post on those as soon as I get them cleaned out and planted.

What are you planting this year?

 

What Did Our Garden Do?

Earlier in the year I wrote a post about gardening with your children. I hope it inspired you to plant some seeds of your own! Here is what our garden did this year:

We grew 5 varieties of tomatoes, 2 varieties of cumber, squash and zucchini. Baby watermelons, cantaloupe, eggplant, bell pepper and jalapenos. We also grew Curly Kale and Dinosaur Kale and Basil.

Our garden did really well! We did have a problem with Tomato Horn Worms and grasshoppers but other than that pests weren’t too bad. I think it helped that we had an army of little spiders helping us out.

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The boys also got to enter their produce in the local county fair and won several 1st and 2nd place ribbons as well as Best of Show. I was super proud of them!

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We are still getting a ton of tomatoes, which I love because I can eat tomatoes until I’m sick! It’s a problem. But not really because they’re healthy. Right?

The best part of our garden this year was how much the boys loved every aspect of it, from planting to tending to picking and eating the vegetables. We made a lot of good memories together amongst the plants and dirt.

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See you later, I’ve got to go eat some tomatoes. 🙂

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