I hated our family garden as a child. The pear and apple trees shed their fruit and left a minefield of rot and buzzing bees. Instead of climbing trees, I was tasked with gathering the fallen apples and pears. Weeding was even worse. Our straight rows of carrots and peas endured a constant invasion of unforgiving weeds. Saturday mornings we were banished to the backyard to care for our garden. If we even wanted a chance at pizza and a Saturday night movie, the gardening chores had to be completed.
Things have changed over the years and now as spring blossoms I can hardly wait to break ground on my garden. I’ve been starting to study the options of what I can grow this summer. I had eggplants coming out of my ears last year and you can only eat so much eggplant parmasen. Tomatoes are a garden staples but I’m not so sure if I have the heirloom touch. It’s time to start planning people! Get your little munchkins, grab your shovel and get ready to get dirty. Here are few gardening sites and ideas for the spring!
I love Rachel Turiel‘s suggestion for involving kids in gardening. Some great ideas include planting a grazing garden with items like snap peas and cherry tomatoes that kids can harvest and eat on their own.
It’s always a good idea to get fun tools. I love this watering can with a happy floral print.
Kid size shovels and rakes also make the job easier for your little helpers.
I’ve also learned to ask the experts when it comes to planting. There are so many things to think about from planting schedules to soil types. Here are a few of my favorite places to look for ideas. If you are in the West, Sunset magazine is not only a great resource for gardening but also has amazing recipes! The Vegetable Garden has planting schedules, companion plant tips and great gardening articles. My Square Foot Garden has easy tips on getting your garden started. Finally Johnny’s Seeds has a great collection of seeds to get you growing. Spring is coming! Get your green thumb ready.