From Plants to Prep.... I LIKE IT! lol.
How did I know we were kindred spirits lol.... I also have multiple birth sons... more than 2 and identical... and now 18yo. (I have other sons and daughters too).
Re: your daughter's starting school next year, follow your instincts.
But I would hold them back if you have any skerrick of doubt.
Part of my daughter's problem now she's in high school (which I TOLD her might happen) is that everyone is much older than her. They're into things she's NOT in to, like boys boys boys. She used to love school and now hates it.
My son's on the other hand I did hold back (they were supposed to be disabled)... I home schooled them and then started them late when one wanted to go to school.
They've powered through school and with so many awful things happening in our family which we're all recovering from.
Yes I traded for one years ago (in a Community Trading Group which is freaking awesome - I;ll rejoin later with more time) - they were very expensive at the time - and it's HUGE! And having babies lol.
But when I see a bargain I have to grab it to plant out a very large back garden. Balinese style I'm thinking, probably with a very Australian twist LOL!
I'm also accidentally growing Native Violets where grass used to be and it's SO BEAUTIFUL!
Our grass was eaten by 26 rescue chickens lol!
Now no need to mow!
omg that makes me so happy peeps.
Josh Byrnes from Gardening Australia said if you have these growing in your garden by accident then take it as a compliment... not sure why but I'll take it lol.
If I could have zero grass I would.
I planted Murraya on our front nature strip ALMOST to the roadside... a small strip of grass for the postie ofcourse. I also got these Murraya from our Trading Group.
I LOVE the smell of Murraya at Christmastime.... my kids love the smell as it signals Christmas is near, how cute.
I'm a long way out from planting much veg but we have our work garden and Community Gardens nearby for us to pick from which is great.
My Nectarines are growing by the minute and may even burst with all the rain we're getting lol.
We surely needed it, That's for sure!
Loving your green thumbs and all fingers!