5/13/14

Seedlings

Every year there is just enough time between harvest and planting for me to forget how awful I am at gardening.

Actually, it's not really the gardening per say that I'm so terrible at… it's the watering, and the weeding, and the pruning… those are the things I always forget to do. I'm awesome at picking the vegetables (when they actually grow).

I've gardened for three summers in a row and seem to get worse at it each year, but this year is going to be different. This year, I will rock my garden. I will grow so many vegetables, no one in my family will even need to take a multivitamin all summer long. I will garden my little patch of soil until even the earthworms bow in my presence.

Yep. This is my year.

A few weeks ago we had one of our first warm spring days and I took Arie out back to plant our seeds.
I look angry. I'm not. I have a hostile concentrating face.

One thing I love about my little boy is that his enthusiasm often outweighs the situation. I mean, all we were doing was dropping little seeds into plots of dirt but you would have thought we were growing chocolate and jelly bean trees by the measure of his delight! His little body bounced and his fists tightened into excited balls each time I told him to pick the next seed package.

"Should we plant green beans or watermelon next, Arie?"

"I WANT GREEN BEANS!! LET'S DO IT!! YEAAAAA!!!!"

He's almost four and he still naps practically every day in addition to sleeping 11 or 12 hour nights… I think it's the full tilt in which he lives. There is no lack of joy in his little body!

Once we started seeing new growth Arie began his daily questioning, "Can we eat it now??" I guess I should have been more clear when I told him we were "planting vegetables to eat." ;-)

We're about two weeks away from planting our garden outside, although my green bean, zucchini, and watermelon plants may go out this week if we can get a break from the rain we've been having. I can't wait to get in the dirt with my little boy and show him the magic of growing your own food.

Maybe he'll even do the watering, weeding, and pruning for me this sumer. ;-)

xo

3 comments:

  1. He will be your reminder to tend to your garden. My little one asks daily to check on the strawberries at his grandparents' house. Good luck!

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  2. He will be your reminder to tend to your garden. My little one asks daily to check on the strawberries at his grandparents' house. Good luck!

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    1. I hope he does! Thanks for the wishes!

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