Did you know that astronauts on the International Space Station plant their own garden, and grow food while they are in space? Their “garden” area is named Veggie, and it has continued to be utilized since first installed in 2014.
You can read more about how astronauts grow plants in space, and then plant your own Astronaut garden here on Earth. I bet it will be a little easier to manage in your backyard instead of 200+ miles up in the sky!
Begin by picking your favorites from some of the seeds that astronauts have grown (affiliate links):
For my Astronaut garden I selected 2 varieties of lettuce, 2 varieties of Zinnias, and some Red Russian Kale.
In my area, folklore dictates that outdoor planting takes place after Derby Day (the 1st Saturday in May). So even though our “safe” frost date is still a few weeks away, I was anxious to direct-sow these into a raised bed that is special for this garden. I’ll be keeping a good eye on the weather over the next few weeks, and will cover the bed with frost cloth if needed.
I used plant markers so I would remember where I planted, and then I also decorated my Astronaut garden with “moon rocks,” a small flag stone, and a solar powered globe.
The lettuces and kale seeds I selected have very short germination times – so I will be harvesting very soon! I plan to make a large summer salad, and have a date night under the stars.
p.s. After planting our Astronaut Garden, it continued to be a space-focused week in our home. Over 4 days, we watched the 4 episodes of the Netflix documentary Challenger: The Final Flight. (If you haven’t seen it, I strongly encourage the viewing. We are completely overwhelmed by the “behind the scenes” events surrounding the Challenger disaster.)
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