Ok, I know I am really late in the season but I just got our summer garden planted. With two small children and a full time job I had a really hard time carving out an afternoon to get planting. As you can see from the pictures, I cheated and bought all my plants at the Home Depot this year. They were having a huge sale and had a great selection, so I may have bought a few too many plants- I’m treating this growing season like a science experiment!
I’m not a natural gardener, but with kids I think it’s really important to grow things. I love that my kids are learning where food comes from. It’s also a lesson in patience as we wait for strawberries and tomatoes to ripen. Additionally, I would like to think it teaches us all some responsibility as the garden really does need to be taken care of. It’s also a great excuse to just go outside! There are so many days when I get caught up in laundry, dishes and making endless snacks for my kids and I completely forget to get some fresh air. My daughter and I go outside at least twice a day to check on the garden, she loves telling me which plants need more water!
I live in Southern California (zone 10 in gardener speak) and I don’t have a huge yard. My husband was kind enough to get these great garden boxes for me, but really most of these fruits and veggies can be grown on a patio in pots. The first thing we planted were the strawberries and hula berries (also known as pine berries). I think hula berries are a new thing, and we are trying them out! Apparently they are white berries that taste like pineapple. We will see if they give us any fruit!
Next, we planted two types of tomatoes along with red, green and yellow bell peppers. I love bell peppers and cook with them constantly! I am really hoping they give us some great veggies! I planted marigolds around some of the plants to help with bug control. My grandmother had a wonderful garden when I was growing up and she always swore that marigolds kept the bugs away. It sounds like a nice alternative to bug spray, so we will see if it works!
And because Home Depot was having a huge plant sale we also have watermelon, pumpkins and cucumbers. I’ve had great luck with watermelon and cucumbers in the past, but always struggle with pumpkins. I’m really hoping we get at least one pumpkin by the time fall rolls around!
This might just be a random assortment of fruits and veggies, but they are (mostly) easy to grow and I know my family will eat them! I’ll post an update in a month- I’m hoping all the plants will still be alive by then!