As the true spring has finally made it's appearance, our thoughts have turned to gardening!  Since the Seed Savers catalog arrived in February, we've been planning and dreaming of our future homestead garden.  Just how much do we need to grow to feed a family of five for a year?  With three growing boys... a lot!  Of course, the first item on Luke's list was strawberries.  Lots and lots of strawberries!

While our large homestead garden will have to remain a dream for one more season, we are having just as much fun planning our small, backyard garden here at home.  Fresh spinach and herbs, squash, tomatoes, and snap peas... all our favorites and oh so easy to grow!

Just after the snow melted last week, Luke brought out the starter soil, pots and seeds.  He planted Black Beauty Squash, Golden Zucchini, and Cilantro, remembering just what to do from the years before!  Some of the other plants we'll have to pick up at the farmers market, since we didn't get an early enough start this year.

We also made some garden markers for each of the pots, instead of the ugly pieces of paper that we usually use.  I wrote on some with a sharpie marker and some I wood burned.  I love them, because they're cute and I'll be able to use them year after year!  If you'd like a set, I've added them to the shop here.

What are you planting in the garden this year?

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