Perhaps my favorite summertime activity with the kids is working in our garden — and just generally mucking around in the yard. I’ve loved growing fruits and veggies since I was a kid, tending our family garden with my mom, walking through Grandma’s garden in the summers, and I imagine I’ll be THAT old lady mucking about in her garden when I’m 80.
Lucky for me, the kids (and by kids, I mean Widget) love it too. So far this year, we’ve planted cherry tomatoes, minature yellow pear tomatoes, basil, oregano, parsley, garlic chives, bell peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers, and zucchini. And when I say, zucchini, I mean, like one plant. Because who really needs more than one zucchini plant?
But my new favorite plants in the garden are the blackberry and blueberry bushes over against the wall. They produce FABULOUS fruit, and they’re so very easy to tend. Really, all you have to do is prune them at the end of each season, make sure they don’t die of thirst, and they produce yummy yummy snacks all summer long. Starting in late June, we’ll have a dozen or two blueberries every day, and then in July there will be at least as many blackberries.
Widget loves his fruit, and now, in the garden, he’s learning where it comes from.
Now that I’m home, I prefer THIS kind of blackberry….