Summer : In the Garden

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A peek at our garden before we tear it all down and then start again on our new property. We move to our very first home in two weeks so there are many, many things to harvest, prepare and either cook or freeze in the meantime!

We’ve learned a lot (mostly from our mistakes) this first season of growing in North America with some questions still unanswered (are curly carrots just a cause of not enough thinning?). We know we need more space and that although we love our raised beds, they aren’t ideal for everything (pumpkin mayhem!). And we also learned that yes, you really can replant those whole lettuce heads (the head carefully cut, with the base, roots and dirt attached still attached) from the supermarket and they will regrow.

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Speaking of pumpkins- we grew our very first pumpkins and squash this season- a dream (albeit quirky) of mine for years to be able to harvest such beauties!

Our harvest season was cut short this year by the move, but I am so looking forward to another and even more bountiful one. It feels so good to head outdoors each morning and to observe (in wonder) the slow progression of seed to seedling to flower to fruit. We also took one tiny step in the right direction towards self-sufficiency and certainly cut quite a few weekly items off of our grocery list.

How has your garden grown this summer? Or conversely if you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, what are you planting this Spring?

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.