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Vegetable Garden: Here We Go . . . Again!

By Fredrica Syren

This weekend I finally planted all my vegetables, and I’m so excited to have a small vegetable garden once again.  Ever since we moved to this house in 2007, I’ve had a greenhouse and a large vegetable garden in the back.  I really enjoy gardening with Bella and on nice days sitting or working while looking out over it.  However, when I was pregnant with Noah, I decided to sell my green house to a very nice woman who was going to use it for growing orchids.  Shortly after that we removed the vegetable garden to build a jungle gym for Bella.  I believe my thinking was that with two children I never would have time to garden again.  Silly me.  A lesson learned:  never make a decision based on hormones

Of course I changed my mind and, of course, now I have plenty of time to garden.  Recently, our friend built me a small garden on the side of our house, and Noah loves to spend time with me working in it.  I just bought beautiful plants from a vendor at the Hillcrest farmers market.  Today I planted beets, garlic, brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, cilantro, mint, oregano, broccoli and fava beans.  I also planted Swiss chard in planter boxes, potatoes in buckets, and rhubarb in some random places in the garden.  It felt so good to be digging in soil again and getting dirty, and Bella enjoyed it as much as ever, too.


About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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  1. I just bought a bunch of seed packets for lots of veggies and herbs. I can’t wait to plant them next week after all the rain! Since my whole yard is already landscaped and has the big playground, I will be making raised gardens along the fence, using pots on the deck and planting some veggies between all the other plants. I need to squeeze in my veggies somewhere! Leila and all her little friends must have their garden and fresh veggies!

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