With the help of my three year old daughter I finally got a late start to my 2012 garden. I decided to remain casual about my garden this year. I’m not going to put a ton of effort or money into it and see what happens. This includes letting my daughter help me and trying not to stress out if she doesn’t do it right. She helped me to plant potatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, squash, and beans. We also harvested a small amount of strawberries from my everbearing strawberry plants that we planted last year. It was exciting showing her how to pick strawberries. She got a little frustrated when she would drop seeds or accidentally squish a strawberry, but we mostly had a good time. We tried to time our fun outside time with my newborns’ nap, but I did have to run inside a few times to soothe him back to sleep.

We’ve been struggling with getting enough outside time lately so this was a great for my daughter to have fun, me to feel like I’m getting something done and move our garden plan forward. I plan to add a few more plants such as tomato, pepper, lettuce and a few fruit plants like blueberry, raspberry and blackberry. Then I’ll just ease up and see what happens.