We were late on the gardening wagon this year, but just days after we put seeds in starter pots, they have sprung from the earth. Sproing! The sprouts are still tiny, but they are irrefutably there, and the immediacy of the sprouting just amps up the excitement for the whole season of gardening. My daughter’s (and my) excitement echoes the energy of these seedlings.
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Monday, another full day with the kids, I spent the morning waiting for and then watching the furnace repairman do repairs on the downstairs furnace. It is so nice to find someone who is not trying to sell us a bill of goods. He does good work and charges a fair price. My son enjoyed watching the whole thing.
In the afternoon, I knocked off a few projects with my daughter. She understands that if she puts something on my desk right in front of my monitors, it is more likely to get done. After that, we started some lettuce and tomato seeds. My daughter’s school has a birthday tradition that the birthday child hands out flowers to her classmates and teachers. I thought it would be neat to give a seedling instead, and my daughter jumped right on board with that idea.
When my son woke up from his afternoon nap, we went into the back yard, and I planted a row of carrot seeds while the two of them played with a toy car that their saba gave them. We all got some good outdoors time in. The kids had a blast watering the raised bed. I can’t wait to see how they both react when the seeds actually start sprouting.
It seems like yesterday, but it was a week or two when we planted these seeds during a playdate. Now they are pushing against the plastic cover and begging to get into the ground. I guess I know one of the things we will do over the weekend. Corn and sunflowers. Probably these are seeds best sown in the ground, but the fun of seeing them poke up through the soil is too great to pass. The peppers and squash have yet to pop up.
Today was one of those great days when I was able to get a lot done, go mostly at my kids’ pace, and have lots of fun.
They got me up around 6:00 in the morning. I had a good morning with them and walked my daughter to school in the stroller. My son fell asleep on the ride and even stayed asleep in the stroller as I got my daughter situated in the classroom. He snoozed for most of the walk home on which I stopped at the grocery and hardware stores.
With double-sided tape in hand, I mounted the small magnet board on the play kitchen:
After that, I mounted the large magnet board in the kitchen. During all of this, my son was just happily puttering around mostly playing with the toy kitchen. I even got the dishwasher loaded and running and the bread maker working, as well.
After picking up my daughter, I walked with the two of them in the stroller to the doctor’s office for her annual physical. My son fell asleep, again, in the stroller. He awoke halfway through the appointment, but it was a very long appointment. In addition to the usual, they tested her vision and hearing in ways they had not before. She got her last round of shots for a number of years, yeah. She did get four shots in her arms which she did not appreciate at all.
After we got out of the office, we called one of my daughter’s school friend’s mom, and they came over for a play date. We planted lots of seeds, played, and had snacks together.
It was finally time to bid our friends adieu, and get dinner started. At this point, the kids did fall apart a bit, but we then had a nice dinner-bath-bed routine. The day was by no means half full; it was all full.
Last year, we planted a garden with mixed results. Throughout the process, however, my daughter was engaged and loved both the doing and the eating. Last year, we planted some peas, tomatoes, lettuce, and carrots. The peas did great and were an obvious success. The carrots grew about an inch, but they were multicolored, intentionally. My daughter loved getting them out of the ground to eat and to share with others. The lettuce grew fine; it was supposed to be small. However, we did not pick it in time, and it grew bitter. The tomatoes grew to about 8 inches and then just stopped. I have had many suggestions on how to do things differently, and I will incorporate some in this year’s expanded garden. However, I think with the tons of tomatoes we get from our farm share, we just don’t need to take up space with a crop that doesn’t like our soil and limited sun.
Today, my daughter and I went to the local hardware store that carries some nice seed varieties, and she chose most of the packets in the picture. I made sure to get some peas again since those worked so well last time. This year, I plan to do two plantings: cold weather and warm. With the mild winter, the soil is not frozen, so some of the cold weather crops could go in soon. Of course, doing so would immediately spur a record cold snap and snow fall.
Whether anything really produces enough food to be called a meal, the great thing is my daughter’s enthusiasm for watching seedlings grow, tending the garden, showing visitors her plants, and harvesting the crops when they are ready.
Bring on Spring!