Have you noticed the increase in the amount of news articles being written about food safety? It is actually quite concerning. So, in an effort to know where our food comes from, and how it is handled, my family and I decided to try our hand at growing a vegetable garden. Not only would this be a good teaching opportunity, but if the garden was a success then we might just be able to enjoy the fruits of our labor.
I started my research on Pinterest, of course. I wanted to know how to do an efficient raised bed garden. Being that we live in California, in the middle of the worst drought in years, it would also have to be drought friendly. Oh, and I also wanted to use recycled wood or containers. My husband, Captain Awesome, was able to score some scrap wood and built a couple of raised boxes.
On a trip to Costco, I happend upon an Organic Garden Seed Variety Pack. I have never had experience growing anything from seed, but a package of 16 organic seed packets for under $20, I thought it was worth a try. This package also appealed to me because it had seeds for veggies, fruit, & a salsa garden! It mapped out which plants could grow together, and how much you could yield from a 4 foot by 4 foot container. It was all set up like "Gardening for Dummies".
So, I had my girls start planting the seeds in seed pots, the ones that are biodegradable, so that we could put them directly into the soil. Cucumbers popped up first! We were so excited! Then the others followed. This little garden has turned into quite a project.
Well now a nice little crop has come in! We had a couple heads of butter lettuce, and lots of sugar snap peas, beets, and bush beans.
The zucchini, squash, strawberries and melons are coming along nicely, but the peppers are taking their sweet time. Now it is a constant struggle to keep the pests away. We found diatomaceous earth to be helpful for keeping the snails and slugs out, and a host of other benefits, (more to come on diatomaceous earth in a different post).
So that is a small glimpse into our little garden. More adventures to come, I am sure!