Growing Our Garden

 

Gardening…

It’s as much a part of me as cooking is. When I wasn’t in the kitchen with my Grandma, we were out in the garden with her and my Grandpa. If you couldn’t find us there, we were on one of the many farms held by various family members all over the southern states in either Florida, Georgia, or Alabama. I loved being outside, and I loved being in the garden or on a farm. Picking the peaches off the peach trees of my Aunt P’s farm right outside of Dothan, Alabama was one of my favorite things to do. She would give me a basket and say to me “Binky!  Go pick them peaches, and if you pick good one’s we’ll have us some cobbler after supper” OH THE COBBLER! I miss that cobbler, but I digress. Shhhhh… Don’t tell my aunt, but I used to eat more peaches than I picked. I’d fill my basket and sit down under one of those trees with a water hose to clean the peaches and eat to my hearts content… Oh, those were the days. Sticky, sweet, juicy peach filled summer days.

Mr. Foodie built this box  and surprised me one day after work. I was so grateful. It was lovely, beautiful and perfect, as I had been wanting to do this for quite some time. It was at the beginning of spring when we started this thing. It was still cold. It was still wet; it was still miserable. But we were determined.

I grew up with a garden, and it is an experience that I want to share with my children no matter where we live; no matter how much or how little space we have… I want them to know how to grow food.

I want them to know how to be able to cultivate the earth, and I’m proud to say that after a few short months of being faithful in their care and keeping of their crops; they are now producing a harvest.

As you can see where there was merely dirt, there is now a robust garden blooming full of items that are soon to be pulled and enjoyed in our kitchen. There are several varieties of fruits and vegetable planted throughout the two squares. We have broccoli, strawberries, radishes, carrots, lettuce, garlic, peppers, tomatoes, and many other items. We’ve started our fall seedlings and are looking forward to turning over the garden for pumpkins, corn, and autumn/winter squash.

 

Ta-Da!  LOL

Don’t fret; I have another post coming up to tell you all about exactly what went into creating the boxes and the mix I used as we had to improvise living abroad for the dirt. However, right now I just want to say how proud I am of the kids for sticking with this and seeing the “fruits” of their labor come to true… They even helped me plant two blueberry bushes.

So stay tuned into our garden series; I have a feeling this will be a part of Foodie Finds Home for years to come.

Until Next Taste,
Love and Peaches,
Binky er… Lori

48 Replies to “Growing Our Garden”

  1. It looks like your garden is coming along nicely! We started a garden this year, too, but yours is growing better than ours 🙂

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  2. That is so cool you have a garden to tend to! I am in college, so I don’t have this luxury. But one day I might have a garden like yours, I am crossing my fingers!!

    Much love,
    Ashley | dearash.com

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  3. Amazing garden! It would be lovely to grow your own fruits and veggies in your backyard. I would love to find out how this all came to be. And I’m definitely looking forward to what you have in the Fall.

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  4. I have been planning to do the same in our yard for the longest time. I’ll probably start once I’m done fixing up the house. This is great! And it’s nice that the kids are involved.

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  5. I have always looked up to those who garden. I have tried, and failed quite a few times. I think that I am just not great with plants lol

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  6. Your garden is flourishing! And love that the kids are getting involved! I can’t wait until we have our own home and can make our own gardens, I really want an awesome veggie patch!

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  7. It’s awesome to share this kind of knowledge with the kids. You get to make memories as you tend to your fruits and veggies as well. I would love to see more of your garden and how you managed to make it flourish!

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  8. Your garden looks really awesome, sadly I live in a block of flats so I don’t have a garden and I do miss having one x

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  9. Oh I love how you set up your garden like that! My kids LOVE gardening and it makes me so happy for them to be involved in the food process!

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  10. So gorgeous! I really wish I had a garden right now, hopefully when we move this summer i can get one started in my backyard!

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  11. Your vegetables look so healthy! I love how you teach your kids to love gardening and growing their own crop. That’s great. They will grow up learning how to fend for themselves.

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  12. We have just moved and I want to plant things in my garden! I love the food box, what a lovely idea, well done Mr. Foodie

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  13. I love square foot gardening – so awesome that your hubby surprised you! I have to agree, gardening is something that is in my blood, and while I don’t always excel at it, I feel off if I am not getting my hands in the dirt to grow something for my family.

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  14. What a lovely garden! I keep wanting to plant one but my lizard phobia has me backing out! I know the first time I see one of those little creatures I will run away and never pick another plant again. 😦

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  15. We have a small garden this year. Need to add more to it. Trying peas and squash for the first time… they are sooo slow.

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  16. Oh yes, girl! Nothing on earth compares to a southern fruit cobbler! The fruit picked fresh that same morning before the dew even has a chance to dry. Bring it in to sweeten up in a bowl of sugar while pawpaw made ice cream to go with. The. Best. Ever.

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  17. We grew a lot of our own veggies a few years ago. We had raised beds, trellis etc. Had a few great years then the ground squirrels found us and ate everything. Literally EVERYTHING, stalks an all 😦

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  18. I like this activity you made with the kids. I am happy that you were able to teach them the value of taking care of nature through gardening. It is also a learning experience for them to see a seed grow into a fruit or a vegetable that they can eat.

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