Successful Muslim Homeschooling Gardening Challenge 1: Our Outdoor Garden

The Harvest

Before we could start to turn over and amend the dirt we had to harvest the old crop. Our broccoli was a hot mess! They didn’t get a lot of crowns, and on top of that the chickens kept snacking on them every time the kids forgot to close the gate. So I decided to let them finish what they started. They cleared it out in about two days!

 

 

Our celery is still going strong, Alhumdulilah. We have three all together and I plan on planting more, Inshalah. It’s so cool how it just keeps growing and growing, Mashalah.

This celery is so tasty, Alhumdulilah! I’m still amazed at how much better homegrown veggies taste. I mean there is no comparison. I feel like I’ve never eaten a real celery stalk until now.

We harvested the last of our peas and my niece found a little surprise in hers. All the peas were in a bowl and she grabbed one without looking. She felt something squishy in her hand so she looked to see what it was.  It was a cute little caterpillar half in and half out of her Oregon sugar pod pea!

                                                She’s in shock lol!

 Prepping Our Dirt

Well we are off to a late start, but Alhumdulilah, we are getting there. We pulled all the weeds, added compost, chicken poop and worm casing to three of our raised beds. Gardening is a lot of work but you just can’t beat the reward of having wholesome organic food grown right in your own back yard. I tell you after a day of laboring in the garden I can skip getting on the treadmill and feel guilt free!

 

                                                  My kids and nieces helped a lot!

 

 

 The hubby helped too. 🙂

 

I still have to turn and amend the dirt in our fourth bed. Inshalah I’m going to try to get to it next week. Meanwhile we hope to plant seeds in the other beds this weekend, Inshalah. We will be planting corn, tomatoes, lettuce and more peas. My 7 year old son is super excited about growing corn this year. He really likes corn on the cob. Inshalah, I will keep you all posted on our progress.

Please let us know all about your gardening experiences by sending your pictures and stories to happycaliteacher@yahoo.com.

 

“O ye who believe! Eat of the good things wherewith We have provided you, and render thanks to Allah if it is (indeed) He whom ye worship”  

The Holy Quran (2:172).

 

 

Jamila is a homeschool mom, author, blogger, entrepreneur and sometimes gardener.

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