It’s been a few months since we’ve moved into our new house and we’ve mainly been updating the outside while the weather is nice. We had a raised garden bed at our old house that my husband built, but I didn’t maintain it like I should have. This go-around, TJ built a tiered garden with stones that were already on our property. We both decided that we like this tiered garden better than the raised garden bed because it was much more quick and simple to make.
I also have a few little helpers that were excited about the idea of gardening which makes it easier to maintain.
In the beginning, all three kids were super excited to pick out their own plants and seeds. That then turned into two kids who were really excited about planting the garden. Then, that turned into one kid who loves helping me weed, water and watch the plants grow. That’s Mr. Manny.
Manny is the type of kid that keeps his room clean and his bed made with no reminders. He even wants to help hammer, sand and stain his own bunk bed, so it should be no surprise that he has claimed this little spot as his own.
He calls this garden his farm.
We planted tomatoes, peppers, corn, onions, watermelon, beans, strawberries, zucchini and several types of lettuce. While we aren’t gardeners, we are learning as we go.
There is such a good feeling when you can actually grow the food you eat and it is valuable to teach children throughout the whole process and they can actually see and taste the fruits of their work.
I eventually want to have a backyard garden full of perennial fruits and vegetables.
I am starting with three apple trees. These little trees cost $45 each and already have baby apples growing. These are trees that are supposed to grow tall and skinny, so they are perfect for container gardening and small spaces.
I’m hoping that one day, we can just go to the backyard and pick apples, strawberries and raspberries!