I Dream of Gardening

At my house we’re beginning to plan our vegetable garden. Last year was our first time having a garden and we loved it. We had a lot of fun being outside and working the earth. Canning time was fun too.

This year Wyatt wants to go bigger and better. We found a three tiered planter for our strawberries that we’re excited to try. Last year we only got to eat about 4 strawberries off of our plants, the birds got the rest. I have tulle set aside to cover our plants just in case we can’t find any netting in the stores again this year. Last year’s most successful part of our garden was the tomatoes. The peppers were small and we didn’t have much. The cucumbers, carrots, pumpkins, and peas were all planted too late. We went by the dates on the back of the package and it didn’t turn out well at all. We were trying for a Fall harvest with them.

This year our plan is to plant early and every week or two plant a little more. We’ll have our strawberries of course. There’s nothing like fresh strawberries, plus any extras I can turn into jam. There will be several tomato plants, Wyatt wants to spend a few days coming up with our own sauce recipe. So we really do need more plants than we had last year. He loves that episode of Curious George where Chef Pisghetti has sauce day. For a few years now Wyatt has been telling me that we need to have a day set aside to create our own new sauce every year.

Peas are a major one I want to make sure we plant in time this year. My kids have never snapped peas. I think they should get the chance to sit around talking while snapping peas. Carrots and potatoes are a must have this year as well. We still have some little pumpkin seeds to plant this year as well. Wyatt really wants to try watermelon; his great-great-grandpa was a watermelon farmer and he loves hearing the stories that my mom likes to tell from her childhood on the farm.

We’ll end up getting our sweet corn from the stand. We’ll probably buy two gunny sacks. Then spend the morning shucking corn and the early part of the afternoon preparing it to freeze. Our apples will come from the orchard, until we have a place to plant our own apple trees.

I love winter but I am really looking forward to spring and our garden this year. We still have some corn from last year, one jar of strawberry spread, and we just used our last jar of apple butter. (My favorite thing to do with the apple butter is to slather it on a pork roast before I pop it in the crockpot. It tastes amazing!)

Do you garden? If you did what would you want to plant?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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10 Responses to I Dream of Gardening

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    My kids and I attempted to garden a few times, but we just weren’t motivated to take care of it. We do love to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, though. Sounds like a wonderful family project.

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  2. I did a lot of vegetable container gardening quite successfully when I lived in Colorado. When I moved here, I and had a nice, big yard, I tried, but I had nowhere near the success. I gave up, and even tried to container-garden here, but it was not at all worth it. FLowers grow pretty well, thought. And I still have blackberries, although they have migrated.
    Plant basil and marigolds around your plants, especially the tomatoes.I never had a problem with bugs when I did so and you have the benefits of both plants. (The marigolds can be used as garnish, on cakes and desserts and you can even use them for yellow coloring in foods.)
    MULCH! I like pine bark mulch.Beware of cedar; it can harbor pests.
    I expect to see pictures!

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    I’m also looking forward to spring weather.
    Wonderful that you and your kids are willing and able to connect with the land and create / grow some of your own food. When I was a kid, my parents briefly had a garden. Corn, mostly, as I recall. We had to weed it and I’m sure we helped pick. One of my uncles drove over from about 80 miles away and brought a hand-plow to start the furrows.
    I don’t remember how many years we had it, but must’ve been at least a couple. It’s a lot of work, but the main thing is to keep out the weeds, keep away the critters, and treat the area for the insects / blights / etc.
    It’ll be a great memory for the kids.

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    • The kids keep asking me when we can get a farm. They want to be farm kids, I don’t think they realize how much work it will be.

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      • Jeff Salter says:

        LOL. we (as kids) always had to do chores at home, like yard work, washing cars, etc.
        But one time when we were traveling, we stopped at a roadside hovel that had a wood stove. So we were sent outside to get wood from the shed. My brother and I thought it was cool to be doing “western” chores, like we’d see the kids doing on TV and movies.

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  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I know you’re excited for spring to come so you can get started. I know you and the kids will have fun.

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  5. J.Q. Rose says:

    Yes, my husband is an avid gardener. In fact, since we winter in FL, he gardens 12 months a year. Gardens are very special places for kids. Our grandkids are pretty savvy now about veggies and love eating them right out of the garden, dirt and all!
    Enjoy getting ready for spring gardening and getting your hands dirty!

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  6. Most of my gardening is with landscaping and flowers. But last year I tried a pot garden with cherry tomatoes, green peppers, parsley, and chives. We had about 8 tomatoes before the plant died (a bird got one of them). We harvested a couple of green peppers before that was gone, but the parsley and chives did well. We live in Houston and I think it’s mostly the weather here. It’s too hot for the plants, and when you move the pots into a less sunny area, they don’t get enough sun. I’m trying again this year with radishes too.

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