Monday, April 7, 2008

Mary, Mary quite contrary, How does your garden grow?

Well, ours is sprouting with sweet corn, carrots, beans, broccoli, tomatoes, eggplant, sweet peas, basil, pumpkins, peppers, radishes, brussels sprouts, zucchini, and some rapidly growing sunflowers! We put our seeds in the planters about three weeks ago and the kids excitedly check them every morning. At night we are adding a "blanket" of visqueen to keep them warm.

During the day the starts get some wonderful sun through the window, but as you can see in the previous picture the snow is still dusting our deck.....and I thought we were done with that.....guess Old Man winter is not done with us yet....April blizzards are "not uncommon" here in AK.

The kids are hoping to make a sunflower house like the one in our favorite gardening book, Roots Shoots Buckets & Boots, by Sharon Lovejoy. The books is filled with wonderful activities for kids, such as planting in fun containers like old boots, the book also includes information on composting, using herbs from the garden, and my favorite keeping a garden journal. Which Zoe, Ben, and I are making today!


Dave said...

Yahooooooo!!!!! Congrats Mama Sweetie pie! I know you have wanted to do this for a while. Love Ya!

Cynthia said...

I love your posting, m'dear! Happy Belly Commune will have to be my blog site, eh? I hope that you will be able to enjoy some summertime fun in McCarthy in my garden this year. Congrats on your blooming garden and your garden journal! Here's 2 great food books to read...Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. Can't wait to see you at the end of this month! Cynthia