Monday, April 26, 2010

Spring Garden With Kids

This weekend we were busy little bees
building our new raised garden bed
in the front yard
(it gets better sun than our backyard!)

We picked a spot next to the driveway.
I just hope it actually grows and does well 
since I'm the drop off house for our CSA this year
and I don't want the farmer 
(and the other participants)
laughing at my failed gardening attempts.

The girls and I are growing our own
veggies from seed this year
so they can see how our food actually grows.

The girls painted these cute little
 wooden plant markers 
(we got them in a packet from Michaels last year)
with washable acrylic paint.

Then you just seal them with clear acrylic spray.

They look like popsicle sticks with shapes on top.

Then, I put my little first grader, "E" in charge of reading the seed packets
and writing the names on the plant markers.

My sweet hubby got to work
building us this raised "L-shaped" garden bed 
on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday morning, my dad drove out in his truck so we could make
two runs to get a yard of top soil and compost. 

He made it 8 feet long on the two long sides
and 4 feet long on the smaller sides 
of the "L" shape
to make it have easy access for me and the girls on all sides. 

He built it for me with non-pressure treated wood
so we won't have any yucky chemicals leach into our food.
As you can see our side yard slopes so he had to build it accordingly. 

It looks like a Heart from our driveway!
I heart my new garden : )

The finished garden bed,
built by my sweet hubby.

 for my birthday this year from my folks!)

My mini gardener "E" hard at work
labeling her plant markers.

Garden Markers
and seed packets. 

When we finished planting everything, the Frog Princess "E" and I 
sat down and drew a couple of maps
of our new garden bed for our gardening notebook.

We'll know what we planted 
and where we planted it
(since most of our plants are direct-sown seeds this year)

Next year,  we'll have our maps as a guide to see what works and what did not. 

Maybe we'll find buried treasure...(or at least a leftover onion like we did this year!)

We'll grow sunflowers in the backyard
along with our lettuce and radishes that are coming along nicely
in our planter boxes on the deck
(out of bunny reach)
herbs and tomatoes in pots by the playhouse

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