I’ve never had what one would call a “green thumb”. Whenever I’ve tried growing anything, it never worked out. This was the first year I decided to try my hand at gardening with the kiddos. I decided they were old enough to start “helping” and thought they might be fascinated to watch things grow. And an extra special bonus, they would be more likely to eat what we grew.
Some things we planted, worked out beautifully! Others….not quite how I had hoped.
Sugar snap peas
We started these suckers in the house from seeds. Once it was warm enough, we moved them outside.
They flourished! The first harvest was delicious! One of my favorite things this summer was sitting outside on the deck while the kiddos helped themselves to the sugar snap peas. They loved it!The second harvest, however, was really dry and gross. I must not have watered them enough when it was really hot outside.
We have four tomato plants and they are gorgeous! There are green tomatoes everywhere. It won’t be long before they’re all red.
Full disclosure, I don’t like fresh tomatoes. I will only eat them in certain dishes and only if the seeds are gone.
Even so, I have big plans to use up every single one of them. I will makes sauces that freeze, and I may even can some of them.
These are my favorite! I bought an unassuming plant at the farmer’s market months ago. One day, they started producing pretty little white flowers. I asked my girl what she thought would happen to them. From the sugar snap peas, she knew the flowers would be replaced by a vegetable.
Now this plant has over 20 peppers, and that’s not counting the ones we’ve already eaten.They are delicious and spicy. And I swear, the smaller I cut them, the less spicy they are. Doesn’t make sense to me either. Honestly, though, there is nothing better than throwing some freshly chopped jalapeño on your nachos. It has been awesome!
Now for the raised garden bed-
Same as the broccoli. It was ready to harvest, but I thought it was supposed to get bigger. Then, it went to flower.
Not a single little guy yet. The plant is big, it looks strong and healthy, but nothing to show for it.
We have a little strawberry plant that has produced three tiny berries.
I guess you could say our raised garden bed has been a giant Fail. However, the potted plants on the deck have been really great! They get sunlight in the morning and in the afternoon. Whereas the raised garden bed gets intermittent sunlight.
For my very first year of gardening, I’m going to say it has been successful. I knew a few plants wouldn’t work out. But the ones that did, have been fantastic! Plus, my kiddos got to learn a thing or two about gardening (right along with me).
Next year we will be better prepared and we’ll probably do a few more potted plants.
How has your garden been growing? Do you have any suggestions for me for next year? I won’t take offense, I promise! I know I’m not an experienced gardener. Also, if you have any recipes for tomatoes or jalapenos, please share them!