Sunday, March 18, 2012


I am back in the yard with our garden! The garden was neglected last year so I could not be more excited to start it up again this year, being able to give it all the attention it deserves. We are expanding the space, adding a sandbox for the kids, and attempting to grow some pretty fun vegetables.  Think knee high by the fourth of July and Idaho Spuds.  I have found a great website via Pinterest that give instructions for when and where to plant based on your exact climate via your zipcode.  It told us that around the week of March 12, we could start tomatoes indoors.  Falling on spring break, we took advantage of the extra time and planted a variety of tomatoes and peppers as well as marigolds (they supposedly keep bugs from invading tomato plants).   The girls each had a tray, I briefly told them what to do and then let them do it their own way.  Mikayla’s tray took far longer to fill with dirt than Mallory’s.  When it came to dropping the actual teeny tiny seeds in each spot, Mallory needed and wanted zero help.  Mikayla wanted zero help, but in order to ensure we have a somewhat productive second tray, I had to hand her each seed for her to drop in the holes. 

The whole process took about 30 minutes from start to finish.  Within that time frame I hiked my patience pants on as far as they would go and held my breath.  Dirt flew, seeds dumped, water sprayed, brooms swept dirt around in circles and the kids enjoyed it.  I, on the other hand, needed a few minutes debriefing (and a big *deep breath*) when it was all said and done. 

The seeds are currently sitting on a warming mat in front of a big window downstairs, and as we are telling our toddler over and over again, they need their privacy to grow into big strong plants.

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