Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Yessirree, we are planting our first vegetable garden. I am a complete novice at this so it will definitely be a learning experience to see what will thrive and what won't. The idea first came to me last summer when the kids and I went along with The Child Whisperer as she needed to water a community garden she was part of. It seemed like such a neat idea for the kids to see where food came from that I thought it might be nice to do it in our own yard.
There isn't much space left to put in planters for veggies so we are giving it a go in the side yard, it is a bit shady on one side due to the angle of the sun, but as the season progresses it will be less shady. So Mister Vonkysmeed purchased a set of raised garden planters for us to start up our new garden in. I requested assistance via Facebook from my friends and got the most responses (21) to a status update ever I think! Everyone seemed to think squash, zucchini, various beans, and tomatoes were good bets. I also had a few suggestions to check out Square Foot Gardening to make the most produce out of the least amount of space.
We ended up choosing broccoli, radishes, zucchini, carrots, green onion, cabbage, lettuce, mesclun (a variety of lettuces), chives, and green peppers for our garden. the radishes had already been started from seed by Lil' Miss following her school field trip to a farm, but everything else we are trying to start directly from seed. Since we don't have to worry about frost here is a Southern California beach city I am hoping they will be okay and we will see them sprouting in a few days, hopefully.
We are currently using white plastic knives for our plant markers (aren't they quite snazzy looking?) but will be upgrading to some kid painted cuter ones soon. Mister Vonkysmeed will be making a few trips by the paint department of Home Depot to pick up paint stirrers, they should work perfectly! Wish us luck as we start our own Victory Garden!