Homeschool Village Garden Challenge ~ May 2012

[image width=”250″ height=”250″ frame=”simple” align=”right”]http://www.startsateight.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/HSV-Garden-Challenge-250-copy.jpg[/image] This is month number three of the Homeschool Village Garden Challenge. We participated last year, and it was so much fun not only gardening, but chronicling our progress too!
 

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We have yet to actually plant anything outside. Here in NY we don’t typically plant outside until after Memorial Day/Beginning of June. We started a little late with our seeds in our bay window this year so we will be another week or two before we plant most things in the garden.

We have however done all of our seed planting. It was actually such a nice day that we were able to do it outside on the picnic table and then bring everything in to the bay window. Each of our kids were excited to have their own pots to plant in, as well as the peet moss pots for all of our vegetables (and even cantaloupe this year) to be started in.

We ended up not planting any tomato seed because my parents bought too many tomato plants so they gave us their overflow. We planted many more cucumbers and green peppers this year because we use so many of them. Last year I planted cauliflower and ended up with 2 or 3, that I never picked 🙁 out of sheer laziness as they didn’t develop fully until into the cold weather. There are cauliflower seeds growing this year and I am hoping to get some and actually pick them this year!

If you read our first HSV Garden Challenge in April, you know that we put our fall pumpkins into the garden to rot and hopefully grow into new pumpkins. I am happy to report that we have at least 2 separate pumpkin plants growing in the garden! We are doing a nature study/journal pages about our pumpkins. Starting with spring pumpkins (the plants) and working our way through the summer with the flowers (there are 2 different ones, the male and the female), and then hopefully onto green and then our own orange pumpkins for the fall!