I’m insanely excited about starting our garden this year. Since the winter wasn’t especially cold, a couple of our herbs from last year stayed fairly well. But this Spring and Summer I’m looking forward to creating an even better garden than last! There’s nothing so wonderful to me than creating and nurturing a vegetable and herb garden – it’s so much fun to run out barefoot to go get the things you need for a meal you’re creating, and to know that YOU grew them is just so fulfilling. And I swear the stuff tastes better, but maybe I’m deliciously biased 😉
My mom gave me this book, Rodale is supposed to be amazing, and so far, his book has been so practical and useful. It’s also organic, so everything that he suggests is healthy, natural, inexpensive, and easy to do for the most part. Here is a site I found connected with his family name, called Rodale’s Organic Life. He was a fascinating man, born in 1898 to Jewish family who immigrated to New York City. He was a playright, editor, and author who basically was the first person to even use the term “organic” to mean grown without pesticides. He founded an institute to study the link between “healthy soil, to healthy food, to healthy people.” It’s great that his legacy is still going so strong today through his *son and that we can still learn from his books!
The one really big tree we have in our yard was the home to 6 bird nests last year… yes, six!! I’m looking forward to more birds, their singing, their babies chirping 😀 and just being in the gorgeous sunlight every day working outside. Just this morning my boys and I spotted two red birds (a male and a female) both in the tree lol… possibly looking at what the nests have to offer! One thing is for sure, the cats can’t ever get that high, and the birds are always happy there each year.
Here’s out garden plot, yes, it’s empty and nothing like last year when I had to clear the entire thing from overgrown and very thickly packed weeds. This year’s clearing will be very easy, and my older son has already started helping me using the shovel himself (tear! he’s getting so big).
Working in dirt is SO much fun… seriously, gardening is amazing.
Our handsome male cat looking outside, I thought it was an intriguing picture with the reflection!
Like… OMG it feels like Spring already! lol 😀
This was when I was working in the garden and saw he had such a peaceful look on his face. Babies love being outside. Our kids have been sick this week, the oldest with an ear infection and the youngest with a cold that turned into a double ear infection. But this morning was much warmer than it has been, so we bundled up (even though it didn’t really need it) and went outside to get some fresh air after being cooped up the whole week inside.
My gorgeous boy loved it ❤
The beautiful day did me good as well, felt all flushed and filled with happiness.
So if you’re interested in some great gardening tips and getting outside, order your seedlings NOW before the spring rush and so that you can get a head start in your garden work and play. That’s what we’ve been doing 😉
*Robert Rodale is the author of the book pictured, Garden Answers, and J.I. Rodale (his father) was the founder of the Rodale Institute.