Late June, in the backyard garden

June 29, 2016


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In my head, there is a very distinct difference between the farm garden and the backyard garden.

I tend to think of the farm as growing the real food, the food we’ll be preserving and hopefully eating throughout the year.  The backyard garden, in contrast, is sometimes thought of as the snacking garden.  The lesser garden.  The garden we’ll eat up before winter arrives.  The garden that will not sustain us through the dark months ahead.

It’s an unfair definition and an unfair comparison.  In truth, it is simply the kitchen garden.  The one meant to be eaten as it ripens, the one that feeds us now and through these light and sunny months to come.  And while it’s true that we do a lot of snacking there, I shouldn’t be dismissing that out of hand.  Avery and Iris are always out eating peas and carrots, tomatoes and green onions.  They are eating their vegetables – they are begging to go pick and eat their vegetables! – thanks to that little garden.

I need to start reminding myself that while it is smaller, it is not lesser by a long shot.  It’s growing the realest food we could want, and that we need, right now.


  • arlingwoman

    June 29, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    This is beautiful and such a nice classroom for your kids, not to mention a memory maker!

    1. sproutandsprig

      June 29, 2016 at 9:48 pm

      Thank you, and I agree! It surprises me how much they soak up just by being with me as I plant and harvest.

      1. arlingwoman

        June 30, 2016 at 1:25 am

        I am always telling people that is how children learn to garden–by being with someone who is doing it. There will be a short period of years when you have a crew, then they’ll wander off to other things, but they’ll remember.

  • futureisblooming

    June 30, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Thank you. By no means lesser… especially for those of us who have only the backyard garden :). So little of it is left for the year ahead, but oh how we miss it once we have to go back to the market in the fall.

  • artsyandfartsyforever

    June 30, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Looks like a very healing place. I’s a joy to see all the healthy plants.

  • artsyandfartsyforever

    June 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Lacey, just wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. Hope you are able to join this fun exercise.

  • Teresa Hoyer

    July 1, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Looks like you have a very nice kitchen garden. Any pickling cukes?

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