Gardening Season Begins!

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 seeds

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
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Snap Peas
  • Lettuce (multiple varieties)
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Purple Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Purple Cauliflower
  • Pumpkin (Large)
  • Pumpkin (Small)
  • Strawberries
  • Basil
  • Lavender
  • Oregano
  • Also catnip for the kitty boys, and marigolds from seed for the garden beds!

gardening - dirt hands

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.

gardening - planting seeds

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!

gardening - all seeds planted

  • I always kill plants, I’m horrible at gardening, but I love them!!! Can’t wait to see yours growing 🙂

    • Kay

      Thanks! Apparently I inherited my grandmother’s green thumb as I seem to pretty good at gardening!

  • This is so cool! How awesome that your kiddo loves gardening so much! I’ve always wanted to try my hand at gardening but I’m definitely afraid that I’ll just end up killing everything. Plus, I’m super lazy=P I can’t wait to see your veggies as they grow!

    • Kay

      Thanks! Gardening is always a bit of a gamble haha. The growing season is short in NH that if a seed doesn’t germinate and grow, then better luck next year!

  • gamerwife

    Oh wow, that sounds like quite the crop for this year. Can’t wait to see more pictures as things progress.

    • Kay

      Thanks! Trying out a few new things – hopefully they grow well!

  • christine

    Yay, beginning of gardening season!! Can’t wait to see how the purple cauliflower turns out. I bought some plants that were unable to establish before an unexpected frost and died 🙁

    • Kay

      Aw, that stinks! I’m starting a couple at different times – at the moment I have one of each type. They don’t do super well in heat, so I’m starting more at the end of June which should be ready for harvest by the end of September – those are the ones I’m expecting to do best!

  • Emma

    Oh wow, that is some list. I always loved gardening as a kid, but as an adult I’ve never had a decent sized back yard for anything

    • Kay

      If you’d like to give it a go again, container gardening is a great option if you’ve got little to no yard space. That’s how we started, and it worked great. It’s amazing what you can grow in some five gallon buckets or plastic totes!

  • Danielle Knapp

    So fun! I actually picked up some gardening supplies for my son so he can grow his own plants 🙂

    • Kay

      That’s awesome! Were you thinking of any specific kinds of plants?