I have written in the past about our gardening each year. We usually do a large joint garden out on my parents land and then a small garden here at home. They own a goat farm so they have the room for it. They decided not to do it this year, they are going to give the area a year free of planting and just work on tilling it, fertilizing and try to kill weeds naturally. Since the garden here at our house did so poorly last year (major drought here in Iowa we would just do something very small), we were unsure if we wanted to try it this year. Chris and I talked it over and decided that we would do a very small one here at home.
We want to make the garden a school project for Alex and Destiny. We home school and school year round so we thought this would be a good spring/summer science lesson for them. They have always been involved in the garden but we are going to give them even more responsibilities and plan some lessons that deal with growing a garden. The plan is to grow pumpkins, tomatoes, potatoes, snap peas, cucumbers and green beans. If there is room we may try to grow some melons as well.
Since we are doing a much smaller garden then we have in the past I plan on shopping the local farmers markets a lot more then I had before. I will still want to get fresh vegetables and fruits to eat and freeze for later. Luckily we have several markets close by. The town I live in does a small one, the town my husband works in has one that is slightly bigger and we are within an hour of several large ones.
Hopefully the little garden we do at home will be successful this year. The weather has already been better than it was last year. We told the kids about our plans and they are looking forward to the project.