In the garden

Last weekend we were at my parents’ after our niece’s birthday party, and Corban helped his Papa with a little gardening.

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I’m torn about how much gardening to do this year. It’s a lot of work, so I’m tempted to take a year off… but I know the kids would love to “help” and it’d provide some great teachable moments.

My dad is already a month in with spinach, lettuce, beans and all sorts of other seeds.

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Some new ornamentation was added to their backyard since our last visit. The concrete stepping stones we made for my grandparents in 1999 have found a new home now that their house is being cleaned out.

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Corban still has a little growing to do to catch up with my 13-year-old hand.

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And I found that apparently my hands have grown just a tiny bit since then.

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The afternoon felt like a taste of summer—warm air, lush grass and a long evening of grilling and relaxing.

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Plus some good old-fashioned ball-throwing.

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I’m finally starting to move my camera off automatic setting. With some shutter speed adjustment, I captured this little sequence:

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To bring this back to gardening, we did do a little planting adventure yesterday, using the planting kits in the goodie bags from Isla’s party. We dubbed it “Curious Corban Plants a Seed.”

Since we can’t grow plants inside due to mischievous kitties (see my solution for fresh flowers here) I have been wanting to make mini terrariums using some glass jars from our bathroom. These little pots were the perfect size for that.

It was pretty magical watching the freeze dried dirt pellets grow into a pile of soil.

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I potted the soil and little fingers were eager to push in the seeds.

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It’s a “shrinking plant” that reacts to your touch, so this could be fun once it grows.

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They will probably outgrow the jars quickly, but by then hopefully we can plant them outside.

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Even after all this fun and a good chunk of hours spent doing yardwork this weekend, I’m still torn on the to-garden-or-not issue. What would you do? Take a year off and focus on landscaping and a few potted herbs, plus trips to the farmers market? Or plant some tomatoes and zucchini and pray for regular rainfall (less manual watering = less work)?

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4 thoughts on “In the garden

  1. Musings of a Suburban Mama says:

    Aw yay! I’m glad they liked the little seedling kits! As far as gardening goes if you’re good at it do it! I don’t think I could keep all those plants thriving/ I enjoy going to the farmers market way too much! Do you guys have a sprinkler? That could cut down on manual watering time.

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  2. Jennifer says:

    I am also torn about doing a garden – my boys are a little younger than your children (16 months and 2 years, 5 months) and they are such a handful, that after working all day, I really only have time to spend with them. Even “regular” household chores wait for the weekend during their naptime!

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    • Alison says:

      Totally hear ya on that. I think in the past I would have just planted the garden without thinking about it, but when your time is limited you really have to be critical about how you spend it. I am still undecided!

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