This is a great outing for kids, we went to Star Nursery this weekend (go early, it is warming up fast and it gets busy there as well). They have a small fish and turtle pond and you get to pull your kids and purchases around in a red wagon. They love it!
We planted garlic, carrots, tomatoes (better boy, early girl, and cherry varieties – this article suggested some but we had luck with early girl last year), pumpkin, snap pea, strawberries (two varieties), cilantro, basil, dill, parsley, and apple mint. We also planted two flowering plants (cassias) and a nectarine and peach tree. I love fruit trees, we have a pomegranate working along already and a large fig tree. You can see the peach tree blossom in the shot above with the nectarine we bought behind it. I also splurged (ok, it was $3.99 and we had a 20% off coupon off the back of the water authority 2011 calendar) on a kneeling pad so I can kneel on it for weeding. It is awesome! Oh, and a pair of gardening gloves so that I can work with R watching me and grab him with clean hands if he suddenly wants to be picked up.
I put the herbs in a container but if one of them takes over I’ll do some moving around. Won’t it be great if I can just grab a handful when I’m cooking? I had luck with mint last year and basil the year before that. Here’s hoping!
We also took the kids out in the bike trailer to the park and had a great time. R actually fell asleep both ways and we got some good family exercise in. I love my new bike, my husband got it for my birthday and it is a Specialized Ariel (not the same model, mine is blue but maybe bike shops have a different selection?). The shop in boulder city gave us 10% off which really helped and I found a helmet at Costco this past week.
I will take some pictures of the tomatoes, etc. once I am done putting the mulch down around them. The article I linked to above said to pick varieties that mature in 70 days or less because you don’t want to hit the high heat. Then you can encourage fruiting again later in summer for another crop but at above 90 degrees the flowers will fall from the tomatoes so you have to plant now and buy the bigger plants, not the little 6 packs. Of course if I planned better I could have started my own seedlings for cheaper on the porch a while back but I don’t have that much time.
I love spring!