Gardening with kids

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Our garden is taking off. I love the color this year, I’ve usually stuck to all things green when I’m planting but I wanted a bit more pizazz this year. I wanted blood – and by blood I mean, life. I wanted it to be bursting with life and color and shape and size. And I got it.
loves to garden just like mom
Jessica has been a surprising help as well. Not that I didn’t think she’d love the fruits of her own labor (she planted strawberries and flowers in her own box) but she’s very interested the garden as a whole. We weed together, pick together, replant and strategize about what’s next and what we should plant now or later. She’s a rock star.

reenacting the taste test
She had to try it
A crazy rock star who tries the veggies right on the vine and then leaves them there to pick later – “just checking to see if they’re ready” was her reason. Ha!
Baby watermelon
And we’re all looking forward to our watermelons. I bet when it’s ready to eat we won’t be cradling it in our hands like this.
Gardening is one of those things that is “Zen” or “Spiritual” for me. For some people it’s a clean house, or a quite afternoon. For others it’s cut flowers all over their bedroom or kitchen. For the crazies – it’s hang gliding and jumping out of planes. For me, the peaceful quite of watching something grow before my eyes. To see a flower break out into a vegetable or fruit – to nurture the nature of food, gives me food on a level that eating it never will. I really really love to garden.
What transforms your day or your life that way, for you?

Gardening

My first garden was 5 years ago, in this house. The spring after we bought it.
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Our neighbors helped us rototill the plot of our yard I was going to use and then I raked it and got it ready for planting. Which I didn’t really know a thing about – by the way. My grandma has amazing gardens in Washington and I always just kind of “did it” maybe that means I have a green thumb, but really for me – gardening is a bit of zen in my day. A little bit of art, a lot a bit of seeing God’s amazing handiwork – and it feeds me on a level that chocolate never will.
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After I planted the garden in rows and had my “walking paths” down I pretty much just watered them all the time. ALL the time. I didn’t read anything about gardening – but I did get a few tips from our neighbors who are mostly self-sustaining on their own, she’s an amazing resource.
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I had no idea this would happen. I had no plan for how to use all of this. Had never canned in my life, had a 4 month old baby and was a stay at home mom for the first time in my life. This was my introduction to gardening. My first year was the best year so far. I’ve had gardens every year, save for last year, and now I have wonderful garden boxes to keep pests away.

This year we added fruit to the mix. And more pollenating flowers for the bees. Which brings me to this:

I think I’m going to be a bee keeper. Yup. I’m just starting the research and fascination with them, I’ve gotten a few books that delve into this more and more and it just sounds like fun. We could make our own honey – and apparently have way more than we need, and then we could use the beeswax for all kinds of things.

Not sure if I can make good on this endeavor anymore this year, but next year I think I’ll be a very happy hive-host.