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Preparing the Garden in April


A little ambitious, are we? Really Minnesotans shouldn’t start gardening til after Mother’s Day because you never, ever know when the frost will hit. It’s a sneakily long winter. The kids are thrilled to be outdoors without coats on. Earlier last week I had them in their snow pants. YES. to play outside.

As an aside, my Whole Parenting Goods shop is going on vacation Sunday til later next month and all leggings will be out of the shop til winter. So use the code “freeshipping” and grab something if it suits your fancy!

Our sweet youngest. Who thinks he is a grown man and can wield the same gardening tools as his dada. He’s snuggly but also so filled with vim & vigor! Sassy Knit pants, local mama artisan, for the win, folks!


And she’s so delighted in her fort. It’s where she stashes anything and everything and she defends it with impunity. When it is invaded, this is her expression. Right before she screeches.


And the more time outside with Dada, the better, right?


My sister has a new little love in her life and this pup is staying with us until my sister’s new house is all done with construction. To say the kids are in love is an understatement.


How’s your garden coming together this year?


  1. Laurel on April 20, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Much of the radio silence on my blog is due to countless hours spent in the garden this past month. We have a very different schedule here in California — it’s too late for the cooler weather veggies, like peas, but I’m already putting tomatoes in the ground! Hoping to put a post up soon with all the things we’re attempting this year. I think it’s gonna be a good one! 🙂

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 21, 2016 at 8:38 am

      Fingers crossed! Can’t wait to see the blog post with pics!

  2. Amy A. on April 20, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    We’re hoping to plant a garden this year. Erik and I both had vegetable gardens before we were married but last year our garden consisted of some herbs I planted out by the front walk and an heirloom cherry tomato in a pot on the deck, because twins 😉 We console ourselves by saying that we put in a lot of perennials and trees last year that will make much better use of the additional growing season; you can eat from a veggie garden two months after you turn the soil, but things like lilacs, apple trees, and dogwoods need more time, so in a year where we couldn’t do much those were our priorities. Still, I’m already dreaming of radishes and snap peas, peppers and kale, and hopefully even some tomatoes!

  3. Rosie on April 20, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I’m just so hoping for no late frosts!!! We’ve got a lot of really basic groundwork to get done this year, and tons of plants hardening off that I’m hoping to get in the ground soon, provided it stays warm… Because if I lose my tomatoes after all this work starting them, I’m going to be so sad! I’m still rather annoyed that one of the three year olds decided to rip most of the leaves off the kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts seedlings so that she could eat them :/

  4. Shannon on April 27, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    I’m obsessed with those little pants! Thanks for the tip off, what a darling shop!

    • Natural Mama Nell on May 1, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      She’s amazing! I love her work for us ladies too!