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We live on a pretty large plot of land- almost an acre. While most of it is full of bushes and grass, I have been DYING to put in some garden beds. Up until this point, I have been planting my summer vegetables wherever there is a little open space. Some things have grown quite well, but others not at all. I am SO excited because this week we put in some raised garden beds in our back yard. I love growing a garden full of yummy fruits and vegetables. I have an apricot tree and an apple tree as well as strawberries and blackberries growing in our yard already. This summer I am planting more than I ever have. I am planting a RAINBOW vegetable garden full of a huge variety of fruits and vegetables.
You know the book, Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert? I love this book and have always wanted to actually plant a rainbow flower garden with my kids. Maybe sometime. But, I love planting vegetables more than flowers. I love flowers, but vegetable plants feed my family all summer long- and I LOVE that! So this is a combination of planting a rainbow and eating a rainbow. We are planting an edible rainbow at our house this Spring!
This is the Rainbow Vegetable (& Fruit) Garden We Are Planting:
Red- Tomatoes, Red Lettuce, Radishes, Watermelon, Red Bell Peppers, Strawberries
Orange- Carrots, Pumpkin, Butternut Squash, Acorn Squash, Orange Peppers, Apricots
Yellow- Summer Squash, Spaghetti Squash, Yellow Pear Tomatoes, Yellow Bell Peppers, Corn
Green- Peas, Lettuce, Kale, Zucchini, Cucumbers, Spinach, Herbs, Cabbage, Peppers, Tomatillos, Broccoli
Purple- Purple Carrots, Beets, Red Onions, Red Cabbage, Eggplant, Blackberries
White- Onions, Potatoes, Cauliflower, Garlic
My kids have been very involved in this process this year. They helped me pick which seeds to plant. I bought a big package of 60 different non-hybrid seeds on Etsy. There were some fun new varieties that I have never tried before.
We started by dividing them by which ones needed to be started inside, and which do better starting in the ground later. We have already started out seeds inside and they are growing well. We love watching the progress and seeing how different each plant works.
I am also giving my kids their own garden plots to care for this year. They are choosing what to plant there and will be in charge of caring for it. They are so excited!
I’ll be sure to share pictures again of our harvest. Now we just need it to warm up a little more!!