This weekend we spent time working our gardens, planting this vegetable and that annual, and cultivating our green thumb.
In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.
– Margaret Atwood
As a child, I would pull cucumbers or peas from the large vegetable garden my parents tended each year, sit on the lawn with my siblings and gobble these seasonal treats up with abandon. Summer, to me, means lazy days reading Goosebumps, Nancy Drew or Betty and Veronica comics under the shade of a tree beside our riotously fruitful garden. Now an adult, success in the garden is not easily met at our house as we’re amateurs at best – but we give it a good go.
Into our raised bed garden this year went an assortment of seeds. We planted heirloom carrots, parsnips, zucchini, acorn squash, beets, radishes and a few beans. The tomato plant seeds we planted a few months ago didn’t take off as we hoped they would, so we purchased a few plants to get us started. These we put in planters that we’ll keep on our deck, because last year raccoons made off with too many of our tomatoes.
Between planting the garden and a few annuals, Joel played around with a fishing rod and managed to catch a few fish. Finn tried touching one, but he wasn’t too sure about making friends with these slimy, floppy characters, even though one of his favourite books depicts various types of fish.
As for gardening, Finn was interested in the whole process of planting, but nothing interested him more than his watering can. Using it to soak only the soil proved challenging for him, so an outfit change or two happened throughout the gardening process.
Now we get to sit back and watch the sprouts shoot up, and with any luck bring fresh, homegrown veggies to our table.
What have you planted this year? Have any gardening tips for amateurs like us?