Growing Our Own


Like every good crunchy mom, it’s time for me to plant my families garden. Filled with herbs, lettuce, tomatoes, berries and even cantaloupe, our garden is going to be the nicest on the block without a weed in sight.
Yeah, who am I kidding. The only reason why we have raspberry bushes is, because they are wild. I do not have a green thumb. I can keep basil alive, and somehow grow 10,000 cucumbers off a single plant, but anything beyond that is foreign to me.
But I am bound and determined to grow the following; blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, basil, snap peas and dill. A small garden which will hopefully be less maintenance than what I’m envisioning. While I am excited to be providing my family with fresher ingredients, I am more excited about just going into the yard to grab a handful of berries.

What type of plants do you have in your garden? We are planting in Southwestern Michigan on sandy soil. It’s mainly in the shade, but I’m determined to grow at least something… Anything… Or I will just support our farmers market starting on the 1st.

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Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.

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  1. Sarah Taylor -  May 25, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    We started our first garden this year. Its a pallet garden with lettuce, broccoli, beans, and cucumbers. We also did tomatoes and melon. We’ll see what happens…

  2. Kirsten -  May 25, 2013 - 1:11 pm

    We are trying something new this year, we are trying to grow our squash and cucumbers upright. Hubby built us a trellis last week, and everything is going in the ground soon. I will now have more room for the peppers, tomatoes, eggplant, romaine, kale, parsley, oregano, and cilantro. Happy gardening! 🙂

  3. Melanie -  May 28, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    Good luck on your garden journey! I grew up in Ohio and my mom’s garden was something to behold. I loved how easily things grew up there. I now live in the High Desert so gardening has been a huge learning experience for me as an adult. Because of the water it takes to keep things alive out here I only planted a small, 4×4 raised bed. We’re growing tomatoes, strawberries, a variety of peppers, cucumber, bush beans, and watermelon. My husband put in a drip system that waters 3 times a day and we’re still battling the scorching the plants get during the afternoon. Not to mention our high winds… Yuck. So far we’ve battled through it and have been rewarded with one ripe cherry tomato that I cut into thirds so our whole family could have some. I’m pretty excited anything is alive at all, I have just about the blackest thumb in existance and we live in a place that should be uninhabitable. Can’t wait to hear about how things go for you.

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