May 19, 2014

Community Garden: Late Spring


Somewhere during the months of endless winter, we decided that this was the year our garden was really going to sing. Last summer I was preoccupied with growing, and then caring for, our new baby. James did a great job keeping up (and was very creative with a few of his plantings!), but now we are determined to eat lots of home grown veggies and involve the whole family. Of course the weeks of April and much of May have already ticked by, and despite our best intentions, we are running behind. We did make a good stab this weekend though, and I'm feeling like our garden may just be back on track.


It's certainly more difficult to get substantial work done with a nine month old baby and a three and a half year old boy pitching in. James often votes for splitting up and not bringing both kids along, but I love having them involved in the whole process (and I think after today he might actually agree). 

Baby Roo set up camp on her blanket and ate sticks, wood chips, and most likely one very large ant... I am sure there are many parents who wouldn't have been impressed by our level of monitoring, but she's a tough cookie. Little Smith has actually become very helpful, the kid does real work! It's kind of amazing. He added compost, sifted out rocks, and kept a watchful eye over his sister's stick consumption.

His favorite part was, as always, the watering. He just loves getting wet.


He made sure we all got a good soaking and screamed and laughed the way only a three year old can. I'm looking forward to a summer of dirt covered soggy little bodies, and lots of tasty veggies.

6 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos, love this season! :-)

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    1. Thank you! It is such a great season :)

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  2. We did the same this weekend! Running behind as well but still giving it a solid effort. I love having the kids help, everything takes more time but the time is sweeter. Such lovely pictures of your family, thank you for sharing!

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    1. Better late than never, I think! I love watching the kids get involved, even when they slow things down or we have to stop for a dozen snacks ;) thank you!

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  3. Hooray! So inspiring! I know it can be hard, but it is so worth it to include them. They pick up on so much, and then before you know it they are weeding actual weeds! :)

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    1. Totally agree, I love that W truly wants to help. Of course he tends to weed out a few actual plants in addition to weeds, but the effort is there :)

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