Today we will be discussing fun activities for spring that is being held in the Gannon home!
Painting, landscaping, patio decor, and gardening is going to be in our daily schedules for the next months.
Evelyn and I are officially a week behind on our preparation for gardening. Though this is the first year that we are actually preparing for gardening. Last year we had two, square, above ground garden beds. It was our first garden in our new home. It was beautiful! But a little cluttered and not as well organized as I would like it to be.
If there’s one thing I have learned since owning our own home, is that each year I find myself improving on our yard work, decorating our home, and maintaining our home. So this year, we planned on being extra prepared.
We are pre-planting our seeds in containers 8 weeks( now 7 weeks) before we insert them into the soil. It is a little known fact that the region we live in is best known for planting on May 1st. So last year on May first, we went out and planted/poured our little seeds into the ground to see what would happen. A jungle is what happened, with lots of veggies to reap from it. A beautiful disaster!
This year, though, we would like to preplant our plants inside and then on May 1st plant our 7 week old plants into the ground.
Your plant is more mature when inserted into the ground and therefore reap fruits/veggies sooner.
You can take control of your garden by planting in uniform rather than it being cluttered when planting seeds into ground (this happened to us but doesn’t to everyone…just trying to see what works best for our family!).
Evelyn and I extended our garden this year to be one big rectangle garden. More plant space….yay! We have a hideous chain link fence to contain our animals in the back yard. But turning this hideous chain link fence into a positive….you can grow vertically! Therefore leaving more ground space for other plants if you would like too or just having a more uniformed garden in general.
I am also having a kale/spinach/lettuce garden separate from the above ground garden. I designated this spot in the back yard up against our house. I have fenced it in for protection of my dogs paws and it should be safe from rabbits this year! They got me time and time and time again last year. Not today I say!
So yeah, Evelyn and I are very excited about planting ahead this year. She thought it would be nice to put grass in one of the pots. Ahem.
Another fun advantage with gardening…is making it a fun activity with your child (or friend or yourself), connecting with your child and the earth. In today’s society, we are very much so in the technology field. A lot of our free slots of time are used up to watch our favorite tv shows or browse the internet. Well I try to be above the norm and make sure that my child is understanding of the earth and how it works. It’s like I am teaching her ecology at the age of three and she is extremely perceptive and intelligent when it comes to growing plants.
I have always had her help me landscape and tend to our flowers from the time she could walk and she always watched before then in the sling against my chest. When I told her about her fun activity she had today I was so amazed at how she remembered about planting her seeds last year when she was a very new two year old. And how the plant needs good soil, fresh air, water and sunlight to grow up to be big and strong. So proud of her and she amazes me every day!
We purchased 15 soil cups from lowe’s. Added soil from our back yard. And used seeds that we purchased last year that were left over. The seeds included; cucumber, tomatoes, spaghetti squash, carrots, and more!
Herbs; we also wanted to add to our herb collection on the inside of the house. This included rosemary, green basil, purple basil, cilantro and rosemary. We have thyme that grows all year long outside. My favorite herbs to use are thyme and rosemary. I most frequently use basil and cilantro in cooking.
Tip: To stay organized with your garden and flower seeds; store them in a picture booklet. Instead of storing pictures, use it to insert seed packets and your are left with a more organized way to store your seeds and you can flip each page to see the front runner seed group!
I am very excited to see what our garden holds for us this year.
Evelyn and I just made these this morning to add to our magical garden. A sweet bird house and chimes. Lots of more fun spring activities to come!