Summer is quite possibly my favorite season for many reasons. In early summer we plant a fresh herb and vegetable garden and the girls and I spend countless hours observing and cultivating our seeds and plants. There is nothing more rewarding than eating the “fruits of your labor” and I take such pride in watching my girls learn how to use our small bit of land to grow and then eat their own fruits, herbs, and vegetables.
I think gardening in general can seem quite daunting – but I can assure you that if I can do it you can too! It isn’t too late to get your garden going for this year. I just planted mine 2 weeks ago. If all this rain persists you too can have your own little jungle soon! Herbs are the least intimidating things to plant and enjoy immediately so we always start with our potted herb garden in early June. So far John and I have had three tomato, basil, and mozzarella salads with fresh basil from the herb garden. They were delicious!
Once the potted herbs have been planted (details below) you just have to water them every few days and they will bloom and regrow all summer long. The Vegetable Garden also needs to be watered every other day during the hot summer months. Aside from that we just weed the ground around our plants, give them time to grow, and then we enjoy the veggies. We expect to be eating Lettuce (planted from seeds), Green Beans (planted from seeds) and Cucumbers (planted from small plants) by mid-July. Tomatoes, Squash, Peppers, and Eggplants will be ready by early August. Its our first time with Watermelon so I can’t guess when they will be ready… Oh, and the herbs are ready to use and eat as soon as they are planted!
And the Afters… these photos were taken just a week after the first batch!