Saturday, May 8, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Yesterday was the final day of class...WAHOO!!!!!!

My youngest and I went by the local Farm and Garden and FINALLY picked up some plants! 
 I know we're late...but late is better than never.

We bought enough tomatoes to take up one entire bed!
We are some serious tomato eaters at our house...we bought several different sizes and varieties and carefully stuck their little "signs," as they youngest called them, into the dirt next to the plants so that we could keep up with what is what.

It was 94 degrees at 3 p.m. in the afternoon Friday so I got to plant all of these by myself.  My youngest bailed on me quickly and joined her big sisters in the pool.

She did come back to help me when it was time to plant the cucumbers, squash, yellow bell peppers, watermelon and strawberries, thank goodness...bc I was pooped!!!
She cut the outside papers off of the little biodegradable pots.



Then, she tore off little bits of the bottoms so that the roots could easily find their way into the dirt.



Once the little plant was securely set in its hole, my youngest prepared to cover the plants with the dark dirt.  She knows the dark dirt is rich with nutrients and fertilizers that the plants need just like people need their healthy foods and vitamins.



She was very careful to make sure the dirt surrounded the plant...



She was also very careful not to "drown" the little plant with too much dirt.  It was fun to watch her be so careful with the little plants.



Like her oldest sister, this one is very particular with the way things are...she wants it to be right...she doesn't want it to be done half way.  Please notice the serious look of concentration on her face.



I haven't been able to find many yellow bell peppers in the grocery store lately...so I'm looking forward to these little babies growing up.




I hadn't planned on buying strawberries.
But, my youngest was determined.



Hopefully we planted them correctly enough that something will grow and she'll be able to experience seeing how her favorite berry comes into the world. :)








Again, the serious attention to detail :)




Please notice how dirty her swimming suit is getting :)



We may have planted this one a little deep...she was very concerned that the strawberry leaves were mostly under the dirt.  We'll cross our fingers and hope that the little plant will burst through the dirt as it grows.


Rest, little strawberries...and build up your strength to break through the dirt.



All three beds are planted.
We watered them...and then jumped into the swimming pool!





3 comments:

  1. Your garden looks just like ours!
    We planted everything April 1st, and the girls picked 2 strawberries Friday! They said that they tasted delicious! I cannot wait for lots and lots of tomatoes!
    Enjoy your summer!

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  2. Isn't the thought of having fresh veggies right at your finger-tips absolutely wonderful? We have watching our raised beds grow and are so excited! I love how your youngest got so involved with you. Moments like these are too precious.

    Hope your week is off to a great start!

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