We planted a garden again this year. I decided that I wanted to use heirloom seeds, which are rumored to give better tasting yield. So we picked cantaloupe, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and strawberries. I also was exceptionally lazy and we just put the seeds in the ground and let what was going to grow, grow.
It worked fantastically! Our tomato plants are taking over the side of the house, but we are daily picking yellow, purple, red and pink tomatoes. They all have fantastic flavor and the kids love to spot the ripe ones and then eat them in mass quantities. The carrots have also been a huge success. We planted orange ones and a red variety. They are delicious and the kids love to help pull them out of the ground. Thus far we have gotten three cantaloupe off of our vine, one of which was not ripe yet. But the other two were quite yummy. There are still two more growing and we'll see if we get to enjoy those or not. The strawberries are still going strong, although I didn't give them enough room and so they haven't been prolific. We've had just a few to nibble every now and again. Maybe next gardening season we'll be able to get some good strawberry plants going. The one failure we did have was the pepper plants. They don't seem to be faring very well, though the plant does keep growing. I'm not sure what to make of it. I'm not too worried about it though because everything else was such a smashing success!
I really enjoy gardening with the kids. They are full of questions, observations and excitement. It makes me so happy to see them totally enjoy learning about where our food comes from and how it gets to our table. I'm making a garden a goal of ours, no matter where we are, from here on out. It doesn't get any more satisfying than growing some of your own food!