My hubby is not the handy type, but he has his moments. He whipped up these 2 raised garden beds for me, right up next to the house.
I am not the perfect gardener and that is not my focus on this year's garden. It may have been the tomatoes that had priority in the beginning but the focus quickly changed to be far more important - my children. This year I am making a giant effort in teaching my kids about gardening, eco-systems, bugs and all that goes with seeing live things and their purposes.
The morning my four year old discovered earthworms, touched my heart. Yes, he has seen worms, bugs, spiders, et al., but this was far different. It was a REAL earthworm, like the ones I remember growing up in the midwest in large numbers. I cannot remember the last time I saw one here in Texas. I had cleared my bamboo forest (long story best for another time) which at one time was my salsa garden. My hubby had brought home some mint from work (yanked up by the roots) so I took baby doll out to pop them in the ground of the old garden. As I dug the holes I found two very healthy and beautiful earthworms. I called my son over and he let me place it in his hand without any squeemy-ness (sp?) he was just fascinated. He carried both to our new garden and let them go, he watched them bury themselves as he talked the into the new garden.
The kids have been a great help, each checks on the plants everyday. Their wonderment has been the best about the whole project. I just pull that to the forefront of my mind whenever they want to HELP a little too much. ;-)
When we were planting, I finally was able to let go and just say, go for it, scatter them where they land. Mostly they were the marigold seeds which are now scattered patchwork style through out the garden. We now have a few baby tomatoes peeking out, radishes that the kids fret over, 'cause something is eating at their leaves. Funny, since my kids won't eat radishes but....they are their radishes. We go out every several days and make a game of trying to identify the plants coming up. Finding this fun and educational, it is amazing what a child picks up, and remembers.
Tomatoes (5), 2-types of Carrots, French Breakfast Radishes, Cucumbers, Jalepeno, Anaheim, Rosemary, Parsley, Basil, Coriander, Snow peas, Sugar Snap Peas, Ky Green Beans, Garlic, Celery, Oregano, and of course Marigolds.