We’ve turned over a new leaf and are proud new gardeners. “Gardener” might be a little premature. But (fingers crossed) it looks like our new DIY raised garden bed is working out great and we’ve got vegetables-I see tiny peppers, eggplants and tomatillos! The radish needs to be tamed – we planted WAY too many seeds and we were supposed to weed some out once they sprouted, which happened weeks ago. Oops. I’m sure it won’t be the first gardening mishap. I’m just happy we’ve got growth and can introduce our city dwelling kids to nature in a most delicious and fun way. Our new favorite after dinner fun is to take out the compost and “check” on the plants, which for the kids means to stuff as many raspberries as you can find into your mouth and then squish the peppers (toddler) or try to eat dirt (baby). I bought some cute gardening tools for the kiddos and they’ve helped us with the dirty work- their favorite kind of fun.
The Twin Cities has a lot of cool programs for garden newbies like us. The Riverview library offers free lectures on gardening throughout the season and they have a seed library (cool idea). We went to a lecture on growing in confined spaces and picked up some pumpkin seeds from the seed library. They also have a Beans on the Boulevard program for residents who live in the area. We picked up some plants at a plant sale they hosted. The sale was a bit early in the season and most of our plants died before we could transplant them, but we’ll see how well the two survivors do (and what they are). We bought most of our plants from the Friends School Plant Sale and supplemented with some store-bought plants. I loved the variety of plants they had and it’s my new Mother’s Day tradition.
We’re still rather new to our home. We’re fortunate to have previous owners who thoughtfully planted perennials, raspberry bushes, and various other trees and shrubs. It’s a fun surprise to see what sprouts up (lots!). Bonus: most of the beautiful flowers compliment the new exterior paint job. How did they know? #becausethatmatters