One of 3 squares in our garden.

Anna and I have a new hobby….well, mostly it is my new hobby but she enjoys helping. We are trying to eat healthier but with the cost of produce it is difficult so we decided to do some gardening. Anna and I have had fun planning what we would plant and planting the seeds. We have built our garden based on the book “All New Square Foot Gardening” by Mel Bartholomew. It is a raised bed with Mel’s mix for the soil. So far we have planted: peas, beans, pumpkins, butternut squash, onions, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, strawberries, spinach, carrots and herbs. This year is more of trial and error to see what we can get to grow. 

Anna looking for cabbage worms to destroy.

Jack made us 3 four-foot by four-foot boxes. Then Anna and I put Mel’s mix into the boxes. Mel’s mix is a combination of vermiculite, peat moss and compost. Anna had great fun mixing the soil and thought it fun to mix the cow and chicken manure. Then we made a grid out of string that each make a square foot so I have 16 squares in each box. Then Jack made vertical supports for the vine vegetables such as peas, squash, beans and tomatoes. 

So far the garden has grown beautifully except for the dreaded cabbage butterfly. They keep laying eggs on the cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli plants. We have managed to keep the damage minimal but Anna likes to use her magnify glass to look for Cabbage Worms. 

We had our first harvest today….lettuce. It was yummy! Anna really enjoyed eating a salad made with the lettuce she picked. She goes out to the garden everyday to see if the corn is ready. I keep reminding her it has a long way to go but she still checks.