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“Messing” around in the garden

I promise you this isn’t an obnoxious my-garden-is-so-wonderful post; in fact it’s the opposite. My garden would be pretty nice, if I didn’t have a two year old helping me at every step of the way. Kind of how our house would be really beautiful if my family didn’t live here.

There has been a lot of planting and replanting of seeds and Jenna is also quite fond of “making rivers” with the hose. There is now so much garden soil in our bathtub that we might have to call the plumber.

I finally had to ask myself, what was my main goal for having a vegetable garden? Is it to save money on our food budget or is it to teach my children about where food comes from, and the effort it takes to grow? For me, education always trumps budget (do you hear my wallet screaming?), so I finally broke down and bought transplants. If Jenna ends up destroying those with too much enthusiasm, then so be it.

Do you want your own garden for your preschooler to man-handle, but are short of space? Forgotten potatoes are always fun too.

We are watering these and putting them in a sunny window to see what happens. 🙂


4 Comments

  1. Lezah St Jean says:

    My 2 year old thinks he is an avid gardener also. Seeds dug up multiple times, weeds….ahem….vegetables plucked. And water is great for the garden right?
    After my garden had been through some torture I decided to let him have his own little garden. He now can dig, overwater and pluck to his hearts content. And so he does daily. The saddest part is, his garden is doing much better than mine!

    • jenbrdsly says:

      I realize I’m going to sound like a complete idiot, but I can’t believe I didn’t think of that idea myself! Maybe the white planter that is completely dug up could be “Jenna’s Garden”. I wonder if that would help…

      • Lezah St Jean says:

        Quite possibly. Then she can take pride in her garden. My son has little pinwheels and some pretty flowers he chose himself. He is very serious about tending to it everyday.

      • Lezah St Jean says:

        Quite possibly. Then she can take pride in her garden. My son has little pinwheels and some pretty flowers he chose himself. He is very serious about tending to it everyday.

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