Backyard Vegetables

Growing vegetables in my backyard is important to me, not just because I enjoy the fresh herbs and vegetables, but because I want my kids to have the experience of planting a seed or starter plant and seeing it flourish. We live in the city so unlike my childhood where we had a large backyard garden we are mostly relegated to containers and a small raised garden area. But oh boy, do we make the most of it! 

This year we have lavender, thyme, eggplants, squash, tomatoes, and more! I often send the kids out before dinner to pick something for the evening meal. They also help with the watering and are always happy to give me the latest report on new growth or a tomato that's about to ripen. 

Our biggest challenge in the garden right now are the pests and creatures who want to share our meals. Deer, rabbits, birds, squirrels, chipmunks, grasshoppers, worms... well, you get the idea. I was looking online for a safe alternative to chemicals, because who wants to spray their food with something that's not safe for human consumption, right? Pepper seems to be a key component and had some good ideas I thought I'd pass along if you're looking to make a homemade pest repellent. 

Happy gardening! And happy eating what you grow!! 

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