Saturday, September 05, 2009

A Garden Kind of Morning

Loaded up the whole family this morning and headed to Producer's Coop. Aaron, Hudson and I took a class on fall gardening. Anson, Hayden and Ashton went to a kid-friendly class to learn some gardening skills as well.

Hayden took his spiral and drew everything in sight.

While we were in the grown up class, the speaker said something like..."If you're new at gardening, grow cherry tomatoes. If you can't grow cherry tomatoes...we can't help you."

Oh crap.

I leaned over to Aaron and said, "Well...might as well load up the kids, honey."

We planted multiple packs of cherry tomatoes this summer and got like...six tomatoes?

We came home and finished planting our rows of fall garden plants into our newly tilled garden spot.

Try, try again...we have about worn out that motto.

But I don't care.

We're going to keep at it.

In the class today the speaker mentioned how good gardening is for kids. How rewarding.

I love that they are learning about hard work. Delayed gratification. The joy of feeling like you took care of something and were rewarded by the fruit of your labor.

Here we go again...on yet another garden adventure.

Speaking of gardening...we're learning to compost on September 19. Thomas Supercinski is offering a free class. Our family and several others are joining together to learn how to turn garbage into soil!

If you want to come, let Thomas know. We'd love to learn with you!


Anyone else growing a fall garden? If so...what cha plantin'?


Bob & Judy said...

"But, Aaron and I were talking this morning about how we really want our boys to also learn things they will always be able to do...skills they will use for a lifetime."

So, what are you saying? You think Poppi and I don't still hip-hop dance?

Amy said...

It's really fun growing tomatoes, mine depending on the variety you get, have always self seeded so more grow. I recently just harvested lots of yummy silverbeet.

Hendrick Family said...

Ha! I think if you do hip hop dance and we don't know about it and have never seen this...we're mad.

Kirby said...

I was JUST talking to my mom this morning about wanting my kids to learn and love to do things that they can continue to do their whole lives! I was just an athlete...other than academics, I didn't know how to do anything other than run and kick a ball. Sewing and reading (or...learning to love to read) are the two I am working on this year...I've LOVED both of them!

Diane said...

Is it true that a fall garden pretty much consists of the same stuff as an early spring garden? Things that grow in cooler weather/soil like peas, lettuce, spinach, onions?

Also, is it possible that your garden spot is too shady and that's why it doesn't ever do the greatest? I noticed the shadow of the tree in the pic and happen to wonder.

Hendrick Family said...

Yes...we're growing those things, plus carrots.

Our other garden spot was definitely too shady. We planted during spring break and it was fine...then when the trees around the house filled out we noticed the area was too shady.

This one is better though. The picture for this post was taken during a time closer to sundown. We tilled it and got the ground ready last weekend. In the morning and early afternoon it's bright and sunny.

But yes...sun is a big deal for vegetables and we totally suffered for not having enough this year in our summer garden.

Kaycee Bevers said...

The Bevers are planting cucumbers, cantaloupe, lettuce, greens, broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes. Its are first garden so we'll see what we get, but I feel like we've already learned things that we'll do differently next time.


Will and Kate said...

We're planting tomatoes, broccoli, zucchini, spinach, romaine, carrots, cauliflower, yellow squash, acorn squash, and spaghetti squash...and maybe some green beans. YUM!