Wednesday, March 17, 2010

First Seedlings

We've always had a small vegetable garden except for last summer. This year, I got my act together early enough and was able to buy seeds and a seed starter kit early enough to start some seedlings indoors.

Alexa loved the whole process, from making a little hole, to dropping in the seeds, to pushing the dirt over the seeds. Jared planted a few seeds, but when he realized he couldn't just fling twenty seeds at the container, he lost interest.

We planted three rows of tomatoes, on row each of thyme, basil and rosemary. I just hope I get two plants of each. The summer the kids were one they loved picking the tomatoes off the vine, biting into them right in the garden. It'll feel so good to see a garden again and eat food we've grown ourselves. Hopefully we'll have tomatoes, several herbs, melons, eggplants, and later pumpkins, broccoli, cauliflower and peppers.

I think we live in a perfect spot. We have a big enough backyard for a vegetable garden with plenty grass left to spare for a small pool, sandbox and running round. Yet, we're within 15 minutes of everything downtown Chicago has to offer. The kids are signed up for a program where they get to visit a working farm once a week and help out with the baby animals. They are SO excited for this.

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