I basically took 2016 off from gardening – busy summer teaching multiple, multi-week field courses away from home, excuses, excuses, I just didn’t plant much of a garden. In 2017, I’m not delusional enough to think a well-maintained summer garden is realistic, but I intend to make the best of the early spring season to plant what are many of my favorite vegetable crops – namely root crops, radishes, beets, carrots, potatoes, etc, but also the leafy types of spring veggies. Raelyn, now 5, is a great helper and really enjoyed packing dirt into the growth cells, sorting seeds, patting soil down, watering, and then…waiting!

Day 1 sprouts

Week 1 growth

She has her own shell peas in another contained and I’m watching the calendar to start a Round 2 of spring seeds – eyeing mid-March for transplant into the outside garden space.