Friday, May 6, 2011


I decided to participate in KinderGARDENS 2011.  It is sponsored by fellow blogger the inadvertent farmer.  The purpose of KinderGARDEN 2011 "is to get kids into the garden; to ignite the spark in the next generation of gardeners is our goal"... as well as to teach kids where vegetables come from and to get them out into the fresh air. 

All I have to do to participate is to blog about my family's garden project... and I'm ALREADY doing this!  Yay!

The first assignment is to introduce my family.  Here goes.

Tell us about your family. What are your plans for this year?

My family is my husband, my three kids (ages 1, 3, and soon-to-be 13), and myself.  My plan for this year is to grow something that we can eat.  Hopefully my kids will eat the vegetables too.  I'd really like it if the carrots pop up like they should.

In the end, our garden should look somewhat like this.  However, we decided not to plant the cucumbers or watermelons; Dear Husband doesn't want long vine things in the garden. Party pooper!

Are you a first time gardener who needs help and encouragement or are you a veteran gardener that can help others here?

Oh -- I am definitely a first-time gardener.  We have grown tomato plants on the back deck in the past.  I might be able to lay claim to growing some herbs in the past too but that's about it.

Are you gardening with your kids or grandkids or are you doing a school garden or maybe gardening with college kids?

I am gardening with my kids.

Are you going to expand on last year's ideas or are you going a whole different route?

Since we are new, we are totally starting from scratch.  Did I mention that I have no idea what I am doing?

What are your kids dreaming of doing this year...remember to involve them in the planning stage, after all that is why we're here!

I asked everyone what they wanted to plant.  My husband wants tomatoes.  My daughter wants, peas (she says they are pretty).  My son wants carrots (like in the book The Carrot Seed). 

Anyone doing a hobbit house? Ohhhh I hope so!!!

We are not doing a hobbit house.  I am most excited about planting Giant Sunflowers on the side of our house.  A friend of mine suggested that we plant mini-sunflowers in front of them.  I think this will be my Mother's Day project. 

It's not too late to participate in the KinderGARDEN fun.  You can find all of the information at the link below.

p.s.  I just texted Dear Husband and told him that I finally know what I want to do for Mother's Day.  I want to plant the sunflower seeds!!!  I was thinking trip to the zoo, but now I am definitely thinking sunflower seeds.


Kindra said...

oooo, do the cucumbers...they are not "viny" if you use a trellis or posts and twine. plus they are so easy to grow. tell your husband we will help...virtually of course!

SusieQ said...

You NEED cucumbers! Hope you change your mind.. and I know the kids would love a watermelon....

Kirsten said...

we planted sunflowers last year and i LOVED them! they are such a happy, cheerful flower. :)

looking forward to sharing the kindergarden ride with you this summer!

Cathryn said...

Welcome to KinderGardens. We participated last year and loved it. Your plan looks great, I hope the season is successful!
Happy hoeing!

faith buss said...

Looks like a great plan! I grew cucumbers up a trellis last year. Worked like a charm! Maybe if we all suggest it we can convince your hubby. ;) Welcome to the KG fun!!

The author said...

So glad you are gardening with us this summer! When I asked my son what flowers he wanted, he wanted lots of giant sunflowers too. Here's hoping the come up!

Jess said...

Sunflowers off the side of the house sounds wonderful. Your little diagram of the garden looks great, I need to sit down and draw ours out too.