It’s become somewhat of a tradition. Every Mother’s Day, we take our family to the nursery to pick out a few perennials to fill out our garden. We planted my favorites, peonies, hydrangeas, dahlias and roses. Each one beautiful, requiring just a little bit of attention. Perfect plants for someone who is known to have a ‘black thumb’.
In time we wanted to try our hands and thumbs at growing vegetables. So last year, my husband built us a planter box. We ended up planting zucchini and asparagus. Little did we know that when you grow asparagus, your first season will yield nothing. You will only get these pretty fern-y shoots. I was hoping that we would get at least a few baby ones this year – but no such luck. The zucchini were rock stars! To say we had a plentiful bounty would be a slight understatement. We enjoyed our share. We have some to neighbors and friends. AND we still had a ton of zucchini! So much so that we decided to just go with one plant this season.
When planning our little planter box garden, I wanted to plant vegetables that I know are going to be successful, as well as, try some new ones. New to our garden this year is lettuce. We picked two different varieties – red leaf and romaine. The kids and I are enjoying the process of growing these. From planting, to watering, to harvesting! It is all so much fun!
But if you ask any of us, the very best part is harvesting! It’s so awesome to be able to say, hey I feel like eating a salad for lunch today, and then going out back to pick a few leaves and enjoy a super fresh lunch! Awesome, I tell you!
Yesterday, we enjoyed a delicious garden fresh salad for lunch and some good ole’ burgers for dinner.
We can’t wait to eat what else our garden grows this summer!