New Hampshire has a pretty short gardening season compared to other areas. It’s only about 5 months (roughly June – September.) Things that get planted direct from seed can’t go in much earlier than June as we are still at risk for overnight frost. This year, winter has decided to make a second round, but regardless it was time to start our veggie seeds for those plants that need an early start! We spent a couple hours yesterday getting them all planted in their starter pots out on the sun porch. Unfortunately, the porch isn’t heated so until spring decides to show up for real I’ll be carting them into the house at night so the little guys don’t freeze!
Gardening has become such a passion of mine, and one I am so happy to share with my daughter. We started when she was an infant with a little container garden. Since then, the hubs and I have built three raised beds in the backyard and this year I am growing us more food than I ever have before! Here’s the full list:
- Green Beans
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Snap Peas
- Lettuce (multiple varieties)
- Purple Carrots
- Purple Cauliflower
- Pumpkin (Large)
- Pumpkin (Small)
- Also catnip for the kitty boys, and marigolds from seed for the garden beds!
My kiddo loves gardening as much as I do. She loves the dirt and bugs, which is always a bonus when gardening, but she loves actually watching the food grow. When the plants get flowers she loves to spot bees making their rounds, and checking as the food starts to grow. And of course, harvest time! There is nothing like seeing a little kiddo’s face light up as they yank a carrot out of the ground. Last year, her cousins came over to help harvest carrots and then asked for a bowl of them raw to much on because they were so fresh, sweet, and delicious. It’s reasons like that I love gardening.
I hope you enjoy my posts as the season continues! I plan to share updates every few weeks. If there any tips/tricks/or things you’re curious about don’t hesitate to ask!