T wants to garden!
Back at our old house we tried
container gardening. While we did live in a good size condo our yard was
tiny, shaded most of the day (got a couple hours sun sometimes), and
faced north. The crops yielded were minuscule, literally. I have never
seen such tiny bell peppers before!
Now that we've
moved for S's job we're renting a house while our condo back in our old
town is on the market. One thing the homeowner mentioned to us is
there's a patch in the back yard the former tenants used as a garden. We
have permission to use it this spring.
husband and I haven't talked much about it since it's only February.
However, on Friday T and I were shopping at Whole Foods when we saw two
racks of seeds- flower seeds and vegetable seeds. "I want a garden,
Mama. May I please buy some? Please?" T begged.
we returned home without the packets of seeds over supper I brought up a
garden again with S. He turned to T "Do you want to have a garden?" He
shouldn't have asked! Does T ever! Now T can hardly wait until we turn
the soil and plant our spring garden.
I decided it's
definitely time to start looking up resources for gardening up here.
Last time I have a successful garden was when I lived in Louisiana. But
gardening in Louisiana is very different from gardening in the midwest!
Well, now that I think of it, that's the last time I had a successful
vegetable garden; since then I've just had success with herbs. I used
to spend hours gardening in my free time. Houseplants, a beautiful
flowering dogwood tree, strawberries, sweet potatoes...
I've already found several interesting resources. Of course, I'll have
to buy T some 3-year-old size garden tools, and Montessori resource
catalogs will be my best bet for finding high-quality preschool-size
tools. As for what to plant when, I found a site that shows
region-by-region month-by-month what to plant when. It's not a bad start. I've found a list of books on gardening in my state as well. I'll have to read them.
would be thrilled to no end if I bought some seeds to sprout. The
question is, will he really be as in to the idea of a garden when it
comes time to start planting seeds? In toddler time, it's a long way
off. A toddler's interest can change so quickly...
My mom sent me a link on tumblr. (Do you tumble? I do a little) It led back to another blogspot blog called Homemade Serenity
where I learned something about green onions. Apparently it's pretty
easy to grow your own green onions indoors! This is a perfect project
for T me while we wait for spring to inch closer.
Any toddler garden recommendations?