I did not plan to do a lot of gardening this year. Fresh from surgery and with a young infant, I did not think I had the time and strength to tend a garden. However, habit and enthusiastic children would not allow our little garden to be completely idle this season.
When the right time came for planting (mid-May in our case) came, my family and I trooped to the nursery to buy a dozen and a half tomato plants, a six-pack of green peppers, and a six-pack of kale. Though I did not relish the idea of cleaning kale leaves, I bought some kale plants anyway because I thought we needed green vegetables on the table.
In the meantime, my eldest son found some old lettuce seeds lying around in the house and decided to sprinkle some on the raised bed. He also found some potatoes shooting roots in the pantry. He sliced up the potatoes and planted two of the shoots.
Last week, we harvested our first batch of tomatoes. I got 6 quarts of peeled tomatoes some of which have been turned to sauce. I will make canned salsa and tomato sauce out of the ripening ones in the garden. Meanwhile, my eldest, with the help of his father and younger sibling, dug out the potatoes. He got a bunch from his two potato plants and needless to say, was quite proud of his work. As for the kale, I have collected more than 3 quarts worth of leaves and indeed have spent some tedious time cleaning and chopping leaves. And I will be spending some more tedious time in the coming days. Finally, three green peppers are waiting to mature. They suffered most from my lack of care this year.