Gordon made his first trip to the Dallas Farmer’s Market this weekend when we set out to buy the plants for our garden. We would have like to do some seeds, since that’s when you can actually feel prudent for putting a garden, alas it’s too late for seeds here in Texas what with 100°+ days are right around the corner. We might still try some just to experiment.
As always, the girls had a blast at the market, sampling the vendor’s wares and helping to pick out the plants.
We let pregnant Brookes do all of the heavy lifting.
Find out what we got and see it all planted…
But first pause to admire my friend Brookes’ adorable baby bump.
We started with a list of what we wanted to plant, taking into account; what we like to eat (tomatoes & herbs!), what can grow easily on our climate (okra & zucchini!), and what would be fun for the kids (flowers & carrots!) and a bunch of other goodies like cukes, snap peas, pumpkins, corn, and peppers!
I had picked up a copy of Square Foot Gardening, which we followed loosely to judge how much we could fit and how we would lay out the garden.
Once we got it all home to our raised beds with irrigation in place, we got to work laying out a plan. Brookes is a much more experienced gardener than I so she let me know what worked together (cucumbers and nasturtiums) and what doesn’t get along (tomatoes and beans.)
Notice that I am using washable markers and have an elastic on both my finger and my wrist. Nice.
Quinn is ready to help Brookes plant.
First they plotted everything out according to our plan.
Then they pulled everything out of the pot to prepare for planting.
And then they dug in!
Hey Brookes, ya got a smudge there, let me get that with my filthy gardening glove.
Thanks Ladies! It looks great!