For Mother’s Day, my husband built me a vegetable garden. I had mentioned to him a while back that I wanted a vegetable garden. I thought it was so sweet that he remembered that conversation and did this for me. I am so excited about this new project. Gardening is a stress relief for me, and of course I look forward to teaching my daughter, Ellie, all about it.
I have not done much vegetable gardening, so I wanted to start small. I eventually want to expand my garden, but didn’t want to overwhelm myself in the beginning. I decided to only plant cucumbers, squash, cherry tomatoes, and regular size tomatoes. I also planted some marigolds because they help keep pests out. My father-in-law also recommended using the black felt to prevent weeds from growing.
Ellie is already enjoying helping mama in the garden. We bought her a cute little gardening kit (Kids Gardening Tool Set (pink)), and she loves it. We are a little behind in the planting season, but I can’t wait until we have some fresh veggies for her to pick.
If you have never had a fresh picked tomato, you are missing out on one of life’s simple pleasures. Fresh makes all the difference. I also can’t wait to make my Grandpa Mac’s recipe for marinated cucumbers (I’ll share the recipe in a separate post). It is definitely one of my favorite summer recipes.
If you are new to gardening, I recommend starting small. Gardening is an on-going learning process. It should be enjoyable, and not feel like a burden. Start with a few different kinds of produce and then expand once you get the hang of it and know that you will have the time for it.
I am loving this gardening project so far and look forward to our first harvest of fresh veggies. I still need to get tomato cages. All the plants are flowering so hopefully we will have veggies soon!
Next up on my gardening project list: planting a pumpkin patch! Stay tuned for updates!