Spring Has Sprung

Spring has sprung. May is here and now that Mother’s day weekend is behind us that means one thing: Grab your shovels, get your gloves and let’s get planting! While this is my first spring here in the high country, all of my local friends tell me that the time for getting seeds in the dirt has arrived. Are you ready?

My kids have been itching to get their hands in the dirt ever since we saw the first signs of spring a few weeks ago. We headed off to the garden store and stocked up on dirt and seed sprouting materials where we could plant the seeds we got in our Easter basket. Initially we thought we would plant them outside, but lucky for us, some of our friends who have lived here a while advised that we plant indoors and we were so glad that we did; that last snow would have killed our little guys off for sure!


Because we are new to gardening in this area, we decided to stick to things that we like: basil, cilantro, and peas. We are planning to branch out to tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, corn, etc., after Memorial Day, but for our initial planting, this seemed like a good start. We spooned dirt in our seed sprouter, (note to self: hide your good spoons next year), added a little water and placed our seeds in the soil. Our instructions said that we should keep our plants some place warm, so we placed it on the dryer, which seems to be the most consistently warm place in the house.

Sure enough, within the week, our seeds had poked their little heads through the dirt. This is one reason why I like peas; they provide immediate gardening gratification because they sprout so quickly, making them great for kids. (Not to mention moms with short attention spans that have too many projects.) The cilantro and basil followed a little bit later and we were very satisfied with our little inside garden.

Seeds and Smiles

Those precious peas have lasted a few weeks in the house (wonders never cease), and are seem ready to make the transition to our little garden outside. My kids are painting rocks that tell what we have planted in each row in case we forget or don’t recognize something that we have planted. (What does cilantro look like when it is not in bunches at the farmer’s market?)

While gardening is fun, it is also a lot of work. It has been beneficial for our family to have something that we can do together where we read the instructions together, decide on the best course of action together, and together we put our plan into action. My kids seem to like that I am relinquishing a little bit of the control and letting them take the reins. I like the things that they are learning as they read and try something new. What can I say? We are growing..


  1. love the painted rocks idea, kendra!