It is time to for the second link-up for The Homeschool Village Garden Challenge link-up. While I was hoping for more of an update, I really don’t have much of one. The weather has been teasing us and giving us warm temps. I was so ready to get out and get seeds planted! However, my hubby said we needed to wait because we could still get some temps below freezing. Sure enough, we have had some freezing temps along with snow flurries! Thankfully, the only plants I think we lost was the pickling cucumbers that I had bought. I had bought some strawberry roots/plants and asparagus roots (not for sure what they are called) and they never came up. I am thinking that perhaps they were already dead in the packages that I bought them in. I know it is too late to plant strawberries, but will check to see about getting more asparagus to plant.
The rest of the plants that we bought are slowly growing. We still need to plant some in containers and in the planter box, but will get to that as it warms up a little more.
The oregano, thyme, spearmint, chives and onions have taken off! The oregano is starting to grow outside of our box!
I got a little carried away with the sunflower seeds! I am hoping to get enough to roast some this year. Last year’s seeds went to the birds through the winter.
My strawberry plants have come back from last year. I don’t think I will get any berries from the plants this year, but I am hoping to keep adding more plants to make a small strawberry bed. We will be adding a couple more planter boxes, so I will be planting them in one of those.
The squash plants survived the last freeze and I really need to get them in the ground or a container soon. We also have brussels sprouts that need to get in the ground soon, too!
Our broccoli is growing great! We have tried growing broccoli before and have never had success with it. Looks like we might finally have done something right with it this year. Our rosemary bush has continued to grow since we bought it last year. It is amazing that the cold hasn’t touched it any this year.
My bell pepper plants also survived the cold weather. They are looking a little yellow, but are actually healthy and have grown since we bought them.
This past week, my husband started some of our tomato seeds. We have three different types of tomatoes planted below. We do plan on plating more, but haven’t picked up the seeds yet. Our goal is to do some canning this year. We would like to make some spaghetti sauce, soups and just have plan on tomatoes canned.
Now that I have written this all out, it looks like we do have a bit going on with the garden, but still so far to go! I am excited, as the weather is warming up and we are spending more time outside. The kids and I are still using the Apologia Botany book for science and have looked through the section on how the seeds grow. It is so fun seeing the kids see the seeds sprout and grow. Especially when the plants will start bearing fruits and veggies!