I have some big garden plans for this coming year! I have learned a lot in the past year. Gardening is a lot of trial and error. The size of my garden this year is not a size I would recommend for a beginner. I really went big, and will be going bigger!
These are the crops I had this year!
Cilantro, Thyme, Basil (few types), Oregano, Spearmint (few types), Rosemary, 5 varieties of tomatoes (beefsteak, Roma, cherry, can’t think of the last one), Banana peppers, Bell peppers, Jalapeño peppers,Cayenne peppers, Onions, Lettuces, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Musk melon, Cucumber, Squash, Zucchini, Corn, Sweet potatoes, Red potatoes, Carrots, Eggplant, Pumpkin, Blue berries (haven’t came up yet), Blackberries (haven’t came up yet), Raspberries (haven’t came up yet)
I will be extending my corn, adding cabbage, kale, more lettuce, adding more berries (including strawberries) and FRUIT TREES! This spring I will be adding some dwarf trees! Peach, apple and pear are what I have planned as of right now.
I have been busy scoping out ideas and buying lots of seeds online.
Last year my goals were mostly gardening, learning to can, and adding my clothesline. I love my clothes line so much! We used it all the time and it saved me so much money! You can’t beat the smell of fresh laundry that has been hung to dry.
I recently bought another outdoor table (mine was destroyed in a tornado we had a few years ago) and have started the process of painting the chairs to match.
We rarely spend time in the back yard (other than gardening) and that is going to change! I plan on buying a swing set or building a playhouse.
I will be adding a fire pit in the spring.
Another idea I have been obsessing over for the last year has been beekeeping. I am hoping to learn a lot this winter and start doing this too! Ever since we had 3 swarms at our house I have been intrigued.
The one thing I desperately would like to have are chickens. My town does not allow backyard chickens, but I am a woman on a mission and I might try to push for it! Yes, I have even considered going to some city board meetings. Where there’s a will, there’s a way, right?
Here is a picture of my garden today. Unbelievable that it is still producing.
I think one of the biggest reasons I have had such an awesome year is because I have been living my life more simple. In today’s world, everyone is wanting to buy the bigger house, the nicest vehicle. It’s all about impressing your friends and living out of your means. Decluttering my life from all this nonsense has seriously been life changing.
I have stuck closer to home, and I am not talking about location because we are literally running around everywhere.
I’m talking about my kids. My family. Nothing else matters but the people who sleep under my roof. Everything else is just a bonus. Instead of expensive things I am all about life experiences.
I love watching my kids plant seeds and be astonished at them growing. Collecting seeds and gardening is a lost skill. So many people don’t do it anymore. I want my kids to understand the amount of work it takes from a seed to harvest. We don’t get tomatoes from the store. The store does sell them, but tomatoes come from the ground. We are so disconnected from where our food comes from.
My kids loved our garden. They loved seeding, planting, watering, weeding and picking. Even today they were so excited to run outside and harvest more. I can’t even say that I was that excited. I’m exhausted!
They know the importance of all the food their mama has preserved. When I open peaches or pears their eyes get so big and they get so excited. They take pride in the amount of work and time we have given to our garden and they are so thankful for the rewards from it.
If you can do anything with your kids, I really recommend planting a garden. I don’t care if it’s just tomatoes and nothing else. There are so many learning experiences and life lessons that come along with it. Giving kids chores is great for them. I hate the colder weather being cooped up inside. I limit their Xbox time because there are so many other things I would rather my kids be doing. Today I disconnected it and made them play. We got out costumes, baby dolls and had a tea party. We painted and then went outside and collected leaves and walked our garden (where I realized we would be picking because there was so many veggies ready for us!)
I hope these gardening posts inspire you. Living life at a more simpler pace can really give you a better perspective on what really matters. If you are on board, I am so excited! There are more upcoming posts to help you get started! We are in this together! Anyone can do this and it doesn’t have to be at a large scale. I will be having more posts going over layouts and seeds. Feel free to reach out to me for help. I started my seeds March- April of last year. I am planning on doing an indoor herb garden in the next month- you can join me!
Before I get started with that, I have garlic to plant! Hopefully I will get started on that in the next few days!
Thanks for reading. Xo