Summer Garden Fun

Our garden is in full swing and it is such a joy being able to walk right outside your home and pick some fresh kale to steam or lettuce for a salad. Bear became super excited to eat the things we grew, such as spinach and onion greens.  He loves pulling carrots out, washing them, and packing them in his lunch. One of my favorite things is how Bear gets to eat blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries fresh from our garden. So while I make steel cut oats for breakfast, he collects the berries or picks ripe blueberries before hopping in the car on our way to school. I remember when I was a child, my mom would ask me to pick mint from our garden to use in whatever dish she would be cooking.. and now Bear does the same. It’s so lovely!

The coolest thing that I’m most excited about is that all these fruit trees are fed from our bath and shower water. Greywater rules!!! Greywater saves 40,000 gallons of water per year, water that would otherwise be pumped hundreds of miles from the Colorado or Sacramento rivers at a huge material and ecological cost. If you are in the LA region and interested in greywater, I encourage you to get in touch with Greywater Corps, they are awesome!

Below are some photos from our garden and planting party!

Spring

We planted and harvested these greens; kale, leaf broccoli, mizuma, cabbage, spinach, mustard greens, arugula, bok choy

These herbs; scallions, basil, mint, cilantro, parsley, chives, oregano

These roots; turnips and turnip greens, kohlrabi

plus sweet peas and butter leaf lettuce!

Summer 

We planted; melon savor, carrots, yellow beans, dill, more tomatoes, and persian cucumbers.

P.S. Just recently a squirrel has taken over the garden! One day, Bear said, “I’m going to solve this problem!” and began a project all on his own.. I had no idea what he was up to! He then showed me the scarecrow he made. Not sure where this idea originated, but I was impressed! See the photo below 🙂

Do you have a garden or farm box? What have you been planting or harvesting recently? What’s your little one’s favorite vegetable from it?

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My pal Leisha helping us!

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These greens were picked from the first day of planting!

 

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Bear’s scarecrow

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Blueberries, raspberries, & figs!

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Avocado tree!