Another year, another garden!
This summer is getting away from me, I can’t believe it’s already mid-July! I should confess, I actually took these photos several weeks ago and had intended to post then.
We’ve got lots growing this year, although this photo doesn’t show it all very well. After 2 years of so-so strawberries, those did well this year. Yay! The kids were very pleased with that. 🙂
We’ve also got several herbs, lettuce, carrots, beets, cucumber, broccoli, bok choi, pumpkin, zucchini, peas, beans, tomatoes, and corn planted! We’ll see if I can keep up with the harvest when the time comes….
Every year it seems like there’s a new gardening challenge to deal with and learn from. One year, it was blight, another it was bugs, another year it was mold that wiped out nearly all of my strawberries.
This year, it’s a bunny.
He’s cute at least…but man, can he eat!
He especially seems fond of peas and beans. These were several inches taller and full of leaves. I’ve replanted and put the net up. That same night, Louis went to check..and found the bunny trapped inside the net with the plants!
Oh well, it could be worse, right? And at least he’s leaving the rest of the garden alone, even the lettuce and carrots!
This year we also decided to make a small garden plot for the 3 older children. They each have a 3 by 3 foot space, and it’s their responsibility to take care of it. Then they can do whatever they want with the harvest, whether it be eat it, share it, or sell it.
Tobi’s space is at the far end of the plot; he planted sunflowers, a cucumber, and lettuce. Annie planted sunflowers, peas, and marigolds, and Josiah planted peas, a tomato, and carrots.
This year we also added a few berry bushes. We hadn’t wanted to do this yet because we’ve been wanting to save the long-term ideas for when we buy a forever house in the future. But we realized that we don’t know when that time will come, so instead of just doing a half job where we are now, we might as well make the most of the property we have now and take it as it comes.
Next year we should have some blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries! Yum. 🙂
Do you have a garden this year? What do you have growing?