February 25, 2014

Grow


It has become a February ritual for us to make a trip to the local plant nursery, breathe in some moist warm air, poke a few orchids, and do a little planting project. This year I decided that it would be fun for Little Smith to plant some seeds of his own; not particularly destined for our garden, no rules, just totally let him run the show. He was thrilled to study each of the seed packets and unsurprisingly, he selected beans (he eats them at nearly every meal), as well as marigolds for a little color. 

We filled an old egg carton with soil, opened the packages, and then I just let him do his thing. I tried to explain that each pocket only needed a seed or two, but he went to town and packed them in. I wasn't actually certain if anything would grow and then...


Just as with Jack's stalk, these beans have been growing like magic. They seem to double in size by the day and Little Smith has been beyond delighted to water them and watch their progress. There is nothing like green leaves unfurling to carry us all through these final winter weeks, the best kind of therapy.

*remember this? kills me every time. growing and growing...

6 comments:

  1. Wait! That is amazing! I have no gardening knowledge so is this normal -- a bean in soil = bean plant? I know I'm pitifull! Great solo project for your son!

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    1. Ha yes! Isn't it cool? Seeds are just amazing little things. If you really wanted to grow a good batch of beans, you'd need to space them out and have better conditions, but if you just want to see something grow, almost anything goes :)

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  2. Oh wow. Your toddler has better garden then I do...sigh. What a fantastic project for him!!

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    1. The season is young, you've got time to challenge him ;)

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  3. So sweet! I love seeing brand new sprouting plants. It must be spring soon, right?!

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  4. Also, I am loving the idea of using old egg cartons to start seeds! Why had I never thought of that???

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