Saturday, April 3, 2010

Sweet, Buttery Corn!

We enjoy having a garden. The whole family loves vegetables, and that’s putting it mildly. All summer long last year, the kids raced to the garden every day to see what they could pick and eat. No produce ever made it into the house. Needless to say, we’re expanding the garden this year. We also decided to start from seeds rather than buying young plants.

The shopping trip alone was an excursion. Jacob ran around the aisle asking to buy everything in sight, and trying to grab each packet to put it into the cart. Since we wouldn’t let Alyssa out of the cart, she bided her time by first taking off her shoes and eventually her socks. Zachary apparently wasn’t impressed because he sat in his seat sucking on his fingers. Leighton and I were a little overwhelmed with all the seed choices. Thirty-minutes later, we decided on a disposable “greenhouse” with individual pellets for the seeds and 50 million seed packets, or so it seemed. Here is everything that we planted: corn, banana peppers, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, pepperocini, 2 different types of green beans, colorful bell peppers, onions, cucumbers, broccoli, carrots, peas, dill, coriander, chives, sunflowers, and marigolds (to keep the rodents away). We still need to buy tomatoes and berry bushes, and we already have strawberries. All of this for our little backyard garden. We’re a little ambitious to say the least.

The kids and I planted the seeds the next day. They had fun watering the pellets and watching them expand. Alyssa helped count out the seeds, and Jake planted them, most of them anyway. Of course, it’s going to take a while until we see the fruits of our labor (no pun intended), but we’re already anticipating it. While licking his lips, Jacob said, “I can’t wait to try that sweet, buttery corn on the cob!”

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