It’s now late May and it looks like some of my greens, like the swiss chard, spinach and arugula did not do so well.  I’m not sure why they didn’t take off.  In any case I decided to use those spots to plant other things like strawberries, eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, and peppers. I also planted some extra basil to supplement what I have in my container garden. The lettuce and flat-leaf parsley seems to be doing well.

While our garden is getting established, our dear neighborhood swan Matilda and her new friend Henry (a.k.a. Monroe) have been busy with their 4 new cygnets!!  These new babies are so ridiculously cute, and we are marveling at Matilda’s skills as a mommy. While we check on our garden every evening, this adorable new family comes to greet us.  How cute are they?!?!

Gardening is such a valuable experience for children, and I wanted to show some of my friends gardening with their kids.  What a great lesson this can be to learn where food comes from from an early age.  Kids are more willing to try foods that they have grown and prepared themselves, too!

This is my friend Catherine’s raised garden which she and her girls have been growing in Texas.  This is a great example of a beautiful raised bed garden that can be enjoyed for years.

My little friend Hannah is checking on her basil and tomatoes that she and her mom Victoria have started in containers.  You can tell that Hannah is very anxious to see her garden grow!!

If you have pictures that you want to share of gardening with your kids, send them in to [email protected]  I hope to do a few more posts as our garden progresses, and share recipes using our harvest!!

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