There’s something about going out to your garden and picking fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs for dinner. Maybe it’s all the work you put into preparing the earth, pulling out the weeds around your tender little plants to help them thrive, and the excitement as you see the first ripening tomato on the vine. The big boys even insist that they only like peas if they come from mommy’s garden. Whatever the reason, I really enjoy working side by side with my kids as we grow some of our own food.
This has been an ongoing learning experience for my kids for many years now. We went through and started doing some serious taming of our front garden last week. Over the course of three days, we cleared out several of the beds getting them ready for fall. My garden could have easily been the inspiration for “Where the Wild Things Are”.
After we cleared out 5 of our 12 beds, we planted three beds of garlic. Two years ago, we planted one bed of garlic without knowing how much we’d realistically use. Um, one bed of garlic lasted us about 5 months. Not enough.
I love growing garlic. It is quite possibly the easiest plant I’ve ever grown. After planting each clove of garlic in the soil in the fall – ignore it until it starts to dry out and droop over! (which is around the end of June) Then harvest it, rinse it off, let it dry for about a week, and then braid them to hang in your kitchen.
My kids love to help me in the garden.
I was pointing to where I wanted Zach to plant the next clove of garlic.
Covering the garlic with soil
We also started an indoor, herb garden for the winter months. I absolutely love using fresh herbs in my winter soups so I have several pots in the bay window hoping to use these herbs over the coming months.
I’ve been gardening big and small for several years now. By far, my most successful seasons were when I used the Square Foot Gardening method so we’ll see how I do with a potted, indoor garden this winter.
I have some thyme poking out today!