Today I have the great pleasure of sharing a guest post from Mychal of My Life in Mommy Land. As a long-time gardner myself, I get inspired again when I read stories of newbie gardeners like Mychal. I’m also secretly lusting after her deer fence! If you’d like to get started gardening this year, my Gardening Page has resources and posts for getting started.
Before I talk about The Farm, I should give you a little background on my growing ability, or lack there of. I have the black thumb of death. Just about any living thing I am put in charge of dies a slow and painful death. Thankfully the kids and cat have survived having me as their mother. Without my husband’s help and expertise, there is no way anything would ever survive on The Mommyland Farm. I’m more of the idea girl, and he keeps everything alive.
This is the second year we’re growing our own vegetables. Since it was such a success last year, we have made a few changes for this year. Not only have we expanded the size of the garden, we’ve added more crops, started composting, and made The Mommyland Farm look more attractive.
Last year we grew cucumbers, beefsteak tomatoes, peas, and eggplant. In addition to that, this year we’ve added cherry tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, and strawberries. We’re also growing our own herbs, cilantro, basil, parsley, and chives (are chives an herb?).
We were given a composter for Christmas (I know, not your typical gift) and were very excited to start using it. I did a little research on what I could and couldn’t compost and got started with a countertop composter. I was pleasantly surprised that it’s not nearly as gross as I thought it would be. The composting has also helped us avoid that unsightly pile of yard waste we had in the corner of or property. We now have a nice, earthy smelling mixture ready to feed our crops.
Last year we didn’t have any pest control, and bugs ate a few of the plants. This year we’re using an organic pest control called ladybugs. I am more than skeptical about this one, but the lady at the garden center assured us that they, 1) wouldn’t fly away, 2) wouldn’t eat the plants and 3) would actually be effective in keeping plant eating insects away. I’ll believe it when I see it.
Since we weren’t sure if a vegetable garden was something we were capable of doing, we just had a very basic fence around it last year. Just enough to keep the woodland creatures out, although by the end of the summer the deer had knocked it down and used it as their own personal buffet. This year we wanted something that was both sturdy and attractive so we went with a split rail fence with the deer mesh on the inside to keep the critters out. The decorative gate and trellises add to the overall beauty of the space. This year we actually look like we know what we’re doing.
I’m really excited to spend my summer enjoying all the yummy veggies we’re growing, and the kids can’t wait to get their hands on some peas fresh off the vine. I hope that this year is just as successful as last. Feel free to follow along with my adventures in gardening on The Mommyland Farm over at My Life In Mommyland.
A little about Mychal: Mychal lives the life behind My Life In Mommyland. Her blog about life as the mother of two very active little boys is her only form of therapy and probably the only thing keeping her sane. This girlie girl never knew anything about little boys until she was thrust into the life of boy mom. It’s sometimes gross and usually smelly, but Mychal wouldn’t trade her goo filled world for anything.
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