Lecia Phinney of A Day That Is Dessert: Show & Tell Garden Tour

Shari Altman
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Lecia Phinney
Today, we're heading to Seattle, Washington, for our first Show & Tell Garden Tour of the spring! Come along to see what creative mama Lecia Phinney of the blog A Day That Is Dessert is planting in her garden this year.

rosemary and ornamental grape
Rosemary and Ornamental grape

Tell us a little about your family and your garden, Lecia.

I live with my husband Alexi and two boys Abbott (7 1/2) and Cal (5 1/2) next to the water in beautiful Seattle, Washington. We like cooking and eating together, exploring our surroundings, and growing together as a family. We've lived in our current home for just over two years. Our first year here, we only grew tomatoes in pots and a few herbs; last year we expanded our garden a bit to include some vegetables.


Getting ready to plant
Why do you garden? Did you grow up with a garden?

I come from a long line of farmers on both sides of my family. I grew up watching my maternal grandmother grow everything her family ate (and enough to share with her adult children and their families) and can freeze and dry enough to get through the winter. My family had a garden for some of my childhood. I remember weeding and getting many of my afternoon snacks from our garden -- baby carrots, scallions, strawberries, and gooseberries come to mind.

I garden in an effort to live sustainably, to feel more in touch with the seasons, to eat the freshest possible food, to teach my children. Reading Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Miracle was a big push for me to get started on my own garden.


Cal planting a tomato plant
How do your children help with the day-to-day aspects of the garden?

Abbott and Cal help with watering on a daily basis. They love helping with planting and harvesting. 

planting peas
Abbott planting peasTell us about a DIY garden project you've taken on recently and love.

I recently made a Gardener's Hand Scrub; it was fast to make and works great. I never seem to keep my gloves on and really like having an effective hand scrub to use.

watering lettuce
Both of my boys love watering
What's on your must-grow list this year?

Tomatoes, lettuce, carrots, peas, potatoes. This year we're growing broccoli, cauliflower, and onions for the first time. We're fortunate to have southern exposure; most things grow well for us.

Muck Boot company garden clogs
My Muck shoes
What are your favorite stores to shop for garden supplies/plants?

My favorite gardening store is the one that's close to home! I find I make a trip almost every day for something when I'm getting the garden started in the spring. We live in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, so I usually go to the Magnolia Garden Center. I also love Swansons in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. I found my Muck gardening clogs at my neighborhood garden center and love them -- they're comfortable and so practical.


Strawberries and chives we planted last spring
What garden blogs or websites inspire you the most?

I absolutely love The Simple Green Frugal Coop -- always inspiring and full of information about practically every aspect of gardening and sustainability.


Abbott clearing a bed, getting ready to add compost
Any must-have gardening books?

Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots: Gardening Together With Children by Sharon Lovejoy. This book is full of gardening activities and wisdom for families.

Thank you for sharing your garden with us, Lecia!

Born in Texas and raised in Alaska, Lecia Phinney now resides in Seattle with her family. She worked as a nurse practitioner until deciding to 'stay home' to take care of her boys full-time. She loves taking pictures, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and running. She writes the blog A Day That Is Dessert.

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