June 02, 2009

Family Farm - Guest post by Dad

We have had a great time learning to grow food together. Cole likes the shovel, Aviana likes the bugs, and Alidia pretty much likes it all. We have been experimenting with maximizing the limited space we have. So far it is working well. The broccoli is about 12 inches apart, instead of 18. You will notice onions in the foreground, and a few leaves from the spinach on the left.

Our peas are forming nicely. I sampled one just the other day, and it was sweet and crisp. The tomatoes are also growing tall, and all six plants are a different variety. There is some cantaloupe or watermelon, from the original seeds we started that got mixed up and dumped out.

Emily requested some back yard beds, so this is what we came up with. The fence is to keep the chickens out until the plants are a little bigger. There is some sweet corn in here for Emily, as well as edible soybeans, spaghetti squash and a yellow zucchini. On the left are some barely alive plants procured from a neighbor at a vegetable swap (thanks Marsh). I think these are eggplant, watermelon, and okra. The rest of this bed will be planted a little later on.

I even added a little bed in the corner and planted the kids a random assortment of flowers to tend to. All in all it has been a lot of fun and a great learning experience.

1 comment:

danc said...

All this from a boy who used to hate yard work:) Glad to see it wasn't a total waste:) Keep up the great work!
Love MOM