Last Friday, we headed up to Glick’s Greenhouse in Oley Pa after we finished our farm tour to pick up plants for the kids’ vegetable gardens. Please note the sad faces are because they ALL wanted to push the cart around. We ended up with a smaller cart and the oldest boys sharing cart duty.
Since we have lots of seeds at home, I focused the kids’ attention on plants like tomatoes and peppers. I didn’t mind if they want lettuce, though I didn’t encourage them either. We also stayed away from vining plants like pumpkins and watermelon since I wanted to still see the vegetable beds at the end of the summer. Two of my kids wanted to grow celery for some reason, a vegetable they don’t normally eat.
Glick’s Greenhouse is huge which is very helpful when you have 4 kids who want to buy plants and see everything. I spent about $80 on the plants, and easily could have spent more if I had gone with the double-decker cart. We also picked up a few flowering plants to encourage beneficial insects.
Yesterday, the 5 year old and I planted his bed, starting with the onions. Having helped me in previous years with planting beans and snap peas, he understood the technique of spacing out the onion starts. I dug the trench for him while he put the onions in. We also planted 2 tomatoes and 2 peppers. His bean plants from 2 weeks ago are up and starting to sprout a 2nd set of leaves.
When finished planting, my 5 year old watered the new plants with water from our rain barrel. Now to work with the other 3 kids! I’m hoping we’ll have time in the next few days.