The Family Plots - bringing families together through the garden

The Cabin Garden Family PlotsA few months back, when Jer-Bear was in the midst of his planning for the garden, he suggested that this year each of the four Koering families plan a small "plot" within the big Cabin Garden.  (Cause, it's not like we are short on room or anything!) There are ten grandkids among the four families, and of course we spend a great deal of time up here during the summer. But even with all the time we spend up here at the cabin, sometimes the garden can feel like "Grandpa's" garden. I mean, it really IS Grandpa's passion and "hobby"... but he cannot do it alone!  And he thought this would be a great way to engage the younger generation into the workings of the garden.  Wholehearted agreement, Jer-Bear!  You are so smart. I mean, look at these kids! kiddos in the cabin garden So, each family has planned out their (8'x6') plot, requesting specific veggies or flowers, and it will be our job to keep up and really help Grandpa nurture them.

Adam's Plot: Adam and Heather get up to the cabin fairly often, and their kids are uber-pumped about it.  In fact, I'm pretty sure there was voting involved to figure out what went in their garden.

  • Amethyst Basil
  • Green Patty Pan Summer Squash
  • Big Boy Tomato
  • Picklebush
  • Carrots
  • Flowers: Zinnia, Big Tetra Mix, Daisy...

Jake's Plot: Jakey and his fam live outside Chicago, so they don't get up to the cabin as often as the rest of us.  So, when they do get up here, they dive headlong into the garden. Here's what they chose:

  • Cilantro
  • Ruby Queen Beets
  • Big Boy Tomato
  • Picklebush
  • Green Patty Pan Summer Squash
  • Flowers: Daisy, Zinnia

My (Sally's) Plot:  As I've written about before on this blog, I'm trying to eat more real food. The garden has been a great inspiration for that!  And I'm hoping so for my kids, as well. But my kids are picky, and right now the only vegetables I manage to get into their bodies are either sweet potato fries or snuck in without their knowledge.  Oh well.  So, in our plot we have:

  • Cilantro
  • Spinach
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Picklebush
  • Onion
  • Flowers: Sunflower, Daisy

Nater's Plot: Nate was the kid in our family who grew up not eating ANY vegetables, and no meat.  We called him a "non-etarian."  But now?  Now?  He puts the rest of us to shame.  He makes himself a beet salad almost daily. With kale. WHA?!  Just goes to show I shouldn't freak out that my kids don't like vegetables. Hell has frozen over. Nate eats vegetables. Look at what he's got in his garden:

  • Kale
  • Big Boy Tomato
  • Ruby Queen Beets
  • Zucchini
  • Flowers: Zinnia, Daisy

Cathy and Adam

I love how gardens bring families together. Mom and Adam, like above... the kiddos running through the mud, squealing with joy... the daily walk out to see what's growing out there in the grand space across the street.  It's such a gift to our family already.  And the hope is that this kind of personalization - ownership - hey, even some responsibility - will deepen that even more.

Oh - One sweet little touch that's worth mentioning...  Grandpa put a Daisy in the middle of each plot! That is just cute. Thank for bringing the idea to life, Jer-Bear.  We love you!