Spring has Sprung – Continuing the Vegetable Garden!

Spring sure is being true to it’s season this year, bringing us lots of rain and cloudy days.  Even though the past couple of weekends haven’t brought the nicest weather, I was still able to get outside and do a few things in the garden.  Autumn and I have started planting a few things by seed.  We were also able to put up a fence to protect our vegetable garden from the dog and any bunny rabbits that might want to take a nibble!

Here are some pictures of our progress…

Pictured above are our new gardening gloves, a soil pH test and our first batch of seeds – lettuce, spinach and peas! Since these are all things that can be planted multiple times throughout the season we started planting early so we can have an abundance right up until fall time.

Next, is the prep and planting and first growth of our lettuce and spinach seeds…spinach is on the left in the round pot and lettuce is on the right.  That amount of growth only took about 2 weeks.

We also wanted to make some vegetable markers so we bought some wooden spoons and had the kids paint them, then draw and write on them.  These are just a few of the ones we have started!  I can’t wait to see them in the garden!

This past Saturday was a rainy, gloomy day and of course, that’s the day we decided to put up the fence!  Ready with old shoes and hooded jackets, we hammered some 4 ft long stakes into the ground, wrapped some chicken fencing around them and stapled it to the wood to keep everything in place.  So far it’s worked great to keep the dog out and our plants safe!

* Fun fact – We asked what the difference between cow and sheep manure was and were told that sheep manure is great for adding acidity to the soil, which is good for tomatoes and peppers – while cow manure is better for leafy greens and other green vegetables.

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Our pH test showed that the existing soil was quite alkaline so we added some sheep manure to increase the acidity, mostly where we will be planting our tomatoes and peppers.  The one sunny weekend day we had we took advantage of it as much as we could.  This may not seem like that big of a deal but the bags were wet and carrying them from the car to the backyard meant both of us getting covered in wet, leaky manure!  Not exactly my idea of a good time!

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To finish off the weekend we popped into the bookstore and this Farmer’s Almanac magazine just happened to be displayed front and center, so naturally, I had to buy it.  As I’ve said in a previous post, I’m not much of a gardener, but I have to admit, I’m really enjoying the process so far.  I’m learning a lot and I really love having a productive project with my girlfriend and getting the kids involved as much as we can makes it even funner!

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When I first saw our lettuce start to grow I felt like a proud mother!  Weird, I know, but as someone who has never had or cared about gardening before, seeing that something I planted is growing and healthy, I am excited to see the rest of our crops grow and see all the beautiful colours in the garden and on our dinner plates!

Let’s talk!  Leave a comment and tell me what you grow in your vegetable garden and any tips or tricks you’d like to share!

Thank you for following this project with us!

As always,

Stay hungry, stay HAPPY!

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