Gardening

It’s ecology, gastronomy, sociology, and antropology all rolled up into one, wonderful activity.

This year we planted our first ever vegetable garden. We’re using the Square Foot Gardening method, and we built two boxes. Daughter has been involved from the beginning. Here she is helping me break up peat moss before mixing the soil (the SFG method calls for a mix of 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 compost), and then planting radish seeds:

She’s watched with me as the seeds sprouted:

And she was there to pick our very first harvest:

One of the things I am learning about gardening is, especially in the early unpredictable days of Spring, to seize the day. When the sun comes out you never know how long it will stay out, so you need to be able to drop everything and run happily out into the garden. When you are an unschooling family, you can do that!

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  1. Congratulations on your first harvest! Isn’t it fun?

    We are gradually converting our overgrown row-style garden with depleted soil to a modified Mel Bartholemew-style set of raised beds. Our growing season is a good bit behind yours as we have only been able to plant this past week (we had a serious snowstorm two weeks ago). Looking forward to our own radishes in about 5 weeks!

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