Many people have fond memories of helping Grandma and Grandpa, or Mom and Dad, plant and weed the vegetable gardens when they were young. It’s very easy to continue this tradition in the 21st century by encouraging your own children to help you plant rows of beans, squash or tomatoes. It’s easy to get started; pick an area in your yard that gets full sun (at least 8 hours of sun each day). Compost and organic matter should be added to the garden to provide the nutrients needed to produce the fruits and vegetables desired. Once the garden area is prepared, small plants can be purchased in the greenhouse that have had a few months to get growing and established.
If you never had much experience starting or tending a vegetable garden, there are some easy veggies you can grow to get your feet wet. Tomatoes, beans and peas are easy to get started and maintain. If you’re a seasoned gardener and are looking for something more unusual, try arugula or kohlrabi. Don’t plant anything you won’t eat, though; there’s no sense in stocking your garden full of carrots if you don’t like the taste of them. Also keep in mind that some vegetables, such as beans and peas, can be picked and frozen for you to eat in the fall and winter months. Fruits and tomatoes can be canned, allowing you to eat your harvest well into the fall months as well.
Herb gardens have gained popularity in the last few years as well. Even if you only have a patio or balcony spot, you can easily grow herbs in a small container. A strawberry pot, such as the one pictured at the left, are great for growing not only strawberries but different types of herbs. Another option is the more “modern” version, which we have in our garden center as well, painted in tones of green.
Start a new family tradition or continue one from your childhood by planting a garden with your kids! Our garden center staff can help you pick out exactly what you’re looking for and help you and your kids get your hands dirty this weekend.