the first lady and me

Michelle Obama and I have so much in common.  Right?  She was on The Daily Show on Tuesday with her new book:  American Grown.

The Daily Show with Michelle Obama

The Daily Show with Michelle Obama, pt 2

OK, so we don’t have a lot in common, but now we BOTH garden. And she’s totally right. Our kids LOVE fresh fruits and vegetables – I think in part because they help grown them, pick them at a local berry farm, or help pick them out at the grocery store or farmers market. Most of the time, that’s what they eat first off their plates. Both of them chowed down on the green pepper we picked Tuesday night.  And they can put away some blueberries like it’s their job.

I think this gardening thing is going to be much fun.

The raised bed Russ built for our very first garden, filled in with compost and organic gardening soil

A few weeks after we planted…nothing was dead yet:  success!

We purchased plants for the top tier (roma tomatoes, grape tomatoes, green peppers, red peppers, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, and jalapenos) and tried out organic seeds on the lower tier (carrots, green onion, spinach, cantaloupe, and watermelon).  Russ has been faithfully watering the garden, and I have been faithfully weeding.  Caleb tried to sabbatoge the jalapenos and zucchini by pulling them up (because that’s what it looked like I was doing, I suppose).  But we saved them.  Taylor and I check on the vegetables almost every afternoon to see how big they are getting and if they are ready to be picked.  And Tuesday, they finally were!

Taylor grabbed her bucket to collect our loot.   Then we both went inside to wash everything and get it ready for dinner.  She was very excited and wanted to try all of the goodies that came out of our very own garden!

Our first harvest:  Green pepper, Jalapeno peppers, itty bitty carrots, giant grape tomato, and green onions

We had a mighty good salad last night.  Wow, fresh really does taste so much better!  I highly recommend this gardening thing.  Fun for the whole family!