My kids have been begging to start the garden for weeks now. Trouble is, we’ve had a long winter here in Western Washington. In fact, we had a couple snow flurries just yesterday – the first week into March! I figured at the very least, we could make our plans, buy our seeds, and do some clean-up.
We started our raised-bed garden when the kids were very small, so it’s something they’ve grown up with. The kind of things we’ve grown and their involvement has somewhat changed over the years, but many fun memories have been made out there. As they’ve gotten older, I’ve included them more in the selection of what we grow. My daughter always wants flowers and this year my son wanted pumpkins, mini watermelons and chives (he likes it when they turn to fluffy, purple blossoms).
The drawing above is our plan for this year, more or less. We have some additional large pots and containers that we can fill up with flowers like nasturtiums, too.
We decided to splurge and start with all new, fresh seeds this year as many packets I have from prior years are older. I’ve shared this before, but I’m a huge fan of Territorial Seed in Oregon, so that’s where I like to place my order from. You can sometimes find local nurseries carrying a selection of their seeds, too.
While it’s too early to plant most things, we did have a day of no-rain last Saturday, so the kids and I started some general clean-up of our space. I’d left some arugula, kale, and carrots in the ground from last year that needed to be pulled. Honestly, I had a pretty lazy garden last year due to the fact I was training for a marathon. I’m hoping this summer to spend more time out there!
The kids helped pick up some weeds and pinecones, but then quickly shifted to making worm hotels in the dirt with all the worms they were finding. Honestly, I didn’t tell them to “get back to work.” I really do want them to enjoy the garden and I know the time is fleeting for them to be kids and want to play like that together! (So I helped them collect worms as I weeded.)
I did leave a few things that were happily growing, such as this mint. One of my very favorite plants. (I know it gets a bad rap, but I really just love it.)
Looks like we have a couple patches of garlic chives ready to go, too! (You can also see a few small mounds of worm hotels in this picture – the ones with the small sticks coming out of them!)
Finally, I managed to clean up the bed in front of our house. We have some bulbs popping up, so it was good to clear out the dead flowers from last summer (don’t judge!) and leaves.
- I can plant the beets, since the variety I chose requires some frost.
- I’ll start some of my seeds indoors here in the next couple weeks.
- I have some more clean-up to do in the yard as the weather permits.
Are you doing (or thinking about doing!) any gardening yet?