It is almost 12 months since we first built and planted out our vegetable boxes and nine months since we planted our fruit trees (except the luscious mulberry tree that was already here when we purchased this house). Not everything has survived or been as fruitful as we would have liked but we have learnt a lot during this time. Mainly through trial and error. And the powers of the internet, especially when it comes to dealing with the pests that like to try and lay claim to our small seedlings.
There is something so rewarding that comes from eating food that you have grown yourself. And it is so important to children learning about food and their willingness to try new foods (you can read more about that in my post from two years ago when we planted vegies in our previous rental home here). Immy took such pleasure in harvesting our potato patch and loves to climb the ladder to pick the ripe, juicy black mulberries. She often eats vegetables straight from the plant and can identify a range of herbs, even in new contexts – in fact I think the lady watching and listening to us at the nursery last weekend was quite surprised at how much she knew.
So despite the trials, losses and frustrations we stick at it. After all, we are all learning together.
Do you grow fruits and/or vegetables in your backyard?