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Post  lisaphoto on 4/21/2012, 8:59 am

First, my favorite photo of the year so far. My son got some seeds in a plantable seed pouch from McDonald's of all places. It was for radishes, which I am not a fan of. But all he had to do was place the paper in the hole and cover it with dirt. Last week, we went out and could see the radishes sticking up, so started to pick one. He was so proud of the radish he grew. He is my super super picky eater, but he actually tried it. He took a little bite and said, "Mmmm, that's tasty". I asked if he wanted another bite, but he went back to eating his cookie.



I also wanted to share my garden I just completed. The last 2 years I have just had the 4x12 in the back. I didn't kill all the grass properly, so I pulled all the old Mel's mix from that this year (I'm going to use it in containers), put weed mat down, and filled it with all new mix this year. Then I built 3 new 4x4s and laid weed mat down, created the layout and filled the spaces with mulch. I built a giant trellis, and yesterday I filled my new boxes. All this without the help of my hubby (though my dad helped with the mulch), so I am pretty proud of myself. You'll also see a big mound of foliage, that's my strawberry pyramid from gurneys. Should be getting tons of strawberries soon. I am also doing lots in containers this year b/c I just have too much to plant and not enough space in the SFG.

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Post  lisaphoto on 4/30/2012, 8:32 am

Update: We pulled up the rest of DS's radishes. He tried one again and spit it out, probably too spicy for him. But I am so proud of him for trying new things. He is a super picky eater, and the only veg he eats are corn, and tomato sauce. A big reason I garden is to get him to try new things, and this year I am trying to grow more fruit for him, and we are growing corn for the first time.
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Post  cheyannarach on 4/30/2012, 9:09 am

Great pictures! Good for him for trying something new! It's exciting when they get excited bout growing something! Very cool!Very Happy
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Post  lisaphoto on 4/30/2012, 10:11 am

I can't wait till we get some big crops growing, he loves all my plants, even if he doesn't like to eat them, he loves to watch them grow
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Post  rebeccalizzie on 4/30/2012, 12:27 pm

If you think he will eat them cooked you can slice and saute radishes--they taste a little like mild turnips that way. I slice them thinly, saute in olive oil with a little garlic, and add the chopped radish greens at the last minute.

I don't like raw radishes at all and I LOVE them that way! I'm in Cincy suburbs also and I'm planning to pull my radishes today or tomorrow Smile
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Post  walshevak on 4/30/2012, 12:34 pm

Almost instant radish pickle

Sliced radish

vinegar

sweetner of your choice or fresh dill depending on what you want

Let sit for 1/2 hour or more before serving.

I like to use left over juice from my store bought pickles for more flavor.

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Post  quiltbea on 4/30/2012, 1:11 pm

Your new garden space is lookin' good. Your little helper is a little doll and maybe he'll acquire a taste for more veggie things. Have you tried putting veggies in the goodies, like having chocolate parsnip (or carrot or zucchini) brownies or cookies or bread. Of putting some thinly sliced cuke between two cookies. There are ways to get veggies into children if you research it. Peanut butter on a celery stick. Dried tomatoes. Fruit leather.
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Post  FamilyGardening on 4/30/2012, 1:58 pm

im not a big fan of radishes either Shocked

last year the ones we planted were hot!

well...this spring we decided to try them once more....i have been reading that a lot of people like to grow French breakfast ones....so we gave them a try....just had our first one a few days ago....and man....it was soooo good and not hot or spicey at all!

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Post  lisaphoto on 5/1/2012, 9:19 am

I am growing 9 container zucchini plants this year, plus lots of other squash. So I should definitely have enough of that to find lots of new and interesting ways to prepare them so he may eat them (zucchini nut bread, pumpkin bread, etc.) I don't know if all the other stuff in those negate the healthiness of the veggies though. I do weight watchers, so I'm sure I can find some healthy versions. Also, he likes my spaghetti sauce, which is fresh tomatoes and herbs. He likes carrots sometimes, so I'll make sure I plant a square of them for him too. The thing I am most excited about are my ground cherries. I have five plants, and if they do well, I'll have enough to eat fresh, make fresh preserves, and lots of desserts.

I don't really worry about him getting veggies vs. fruits. There are so many things we consider vegetables that are really fruits anyways. I am going to try and follow "eat the rainbow". Getting fruits and veg of all the colors of the rainbow. He'll eat red tomatoes and strawberries, orange carrots, I think the ground cherries are yellow, so hopefully he likes those, hoping to incorporate green with zucchini, blueberries, and maybe if I can get him to eat eggplant in tomato sauce (and that's a big if), then I'll have purple. He eats purple grapes, I just don't grow those (yet).
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Post  cheyannarach on 5/1/2012, 2:52 pm

My kids like yellow squash baked in the oven with a little butter and sprinkled with a little parmesean cheese, yum.
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