My son Buck can not only cook and care for the kiddos…but he is also a gardener. Of all of the kids, he’s my best gardener. Kayla loves to plant but doesn’t love the tending. Karl aspires to be a gardener and just might this year. Kelli and Kalissa have no interest.
Buck was so sweet and chronicled this elderberry planting experience with the kiddos.
“I’ve always been a casual gardener; If I plant it and it doesn’t grow or a rabbit eats it I don’t lose too much sleep. In my younger days when me and my friend Kris didn’t have so many kids running around, we’d try to “can the world” as we said. Between the 2 of our families, it was pretty normal to can 200+ jars a year of everything from apple sauce to mango habanero pepper jelly. We’ve since gotten too busy for that but his brother Brian still does over 400 jars a year (which I am super jealous of). With the rising cost of food, I’ve decided to take a different approach to gardening this year. I want more year-round or I guess Summer-long veggies. Certain things like potatoes and onions didn’t make much sense before planting in the garden and taking up space because they were $0.99/5lbs. Now they are $3-4 per 5lb bag.
Because of this, I’m going to take gardening a little more seriously this year, actually caring about plant spacing, watering, checking it every day, etc. I’m actually going to try potatoes and onions this year too. Another addition I’m making is a few different types of berry bushes. I got 8 (they actually sent me 10) elderberry cuttings to get started. I did burn myself a few years ago getting too jumpy and started seeds WAYYYY too early for my climate zone and then had to try to keep them alive for 2 months before planting, it was a mess. With Elderberry they will show little to no growth for about a month, which is much more convenient for me to start now. My friend still cans Elderberries every year. So I’m trying them too.
I absolutely love these self-watering waterers and I’ve been using them for years, they came out with a larger size recently with a clear viewing window so you can check your water levels. You can find the pots HERE. I got some help from the kids getting them ready, they both had fun. Mouse learned that making faces is more fun than just smiling so this is her go-to.
I soaked these for 36 hours before planting and you could already see the roots beginning to grow. I was super happy to find out the company I bought these from Is actually based in Iowa. I like keeping my money close to home and shipping was super fast. You can find the plants HERE.
They said in the potting instructions to keep covered like with a plastic film so they wouldn’t dry out so fast. Flashback to my childhood and I knew exactly what to get. Maybe Mom can explain better as to why we just used these…..things, for lack of a better word. We didn’t grow up with Tupperware, all the leftovers were just kept in the bowl they were served in with these on top. Find them HERE.
I think they’ll work great.
So now we sit and wait, I added shelves to the south-facing bedroom when we moved in out of Azek scraps and it works great for starting plants.
I’ll be back with an update once we get them outside and planted. Spring can’t come soon enough!