This isn’t sewing related, but I’m going to guess that some of you are also fans of gardening. I really wanted to have a vegetable garden this year. I love being outside when it’s nice out, love working in the dirt, and I really want my kids to also share in that fun. I also think my daughter is at a great age for learning about gardening and where our food comes from. (She’s 4). Last year we just had a few plants on the deck in pots. That was fun, but I was thinking bigger this year.
Unfortunately, our back yard is north facing and surrounded by woods on one side and houses on the others. Not a lot of sun going on back there. Lucky for me, Chicago and it’s suburbs are full of great park district programs. One of which are Community Garden Plots. I was lucky enough to get a plot this year. It is 19′ x 30′ and has access to water. I’m sure that’s small to some serious gardeners, but to me that is practically a farm. My husband and I were joking about raising chickens on my plot. Kidding of course!!
I found this amazing software online called Grow Veg and did the free trial. You select what you want to grow and basically just drag the cursor around your garden and it automatically tells you how many plants to plan and how to space them.
Then you also get this nice chart about when you plant everything.
I’m probably getting in way over my head, but I will be happy to just grow a bit of food for us and to donate. (There are even donation areas at the garden plot site!) And also I am looking forward to some quality time with my kids at the plot. My daughter is very excited and we already painted a rock that says “Mommy and Avery’s Garden” to mark our space (her idea!)
Keep an eye out for updates throughout the summer. The plot opening was delayed due to all the rain we have been getting but Thursday is now opening day!