Thursday, April 19, 2012

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Much to my suprise, things are GROWING on our back deck. We haven't made our raised bed because Drew is killing himself to keep the gumballs from taking over our backyard. However, Miss Moo and I are enjoying our daily afternoon ritual of check on our plants and watering them.

So far we have strawberries, beans, spinach, basil, lettuce, and tomato plants all sprouting and looking fabulously green.

Moo was particularly excited about our first strawberry.
Doesn't it look delightful?

Very proud of her berry.

And the taste test!
I'm very glad that we've been able to do more planting this year. Last year I was GREAT with child right now and trying to plant or maintain flowers for my porch seemed like climbing Everest, much less plants to tend daily for food. Moo has enjoyed planting and having her hands in the dirt. She's much more aware of what we have to do to keep our plants healthy and growing this spring.  And she's delighted to pick the berries each time they appear.

We are also using our plants as another way to ease into homeschooling. Moo is learning the proper tool names for the gadgets in my gardening pouch and has a set of her own.  We are also working on a very elementary discussion of photosynthesis by discussing why our sprouted plants, and our big plants and trees, need sunlight, water, and their pretty green leaves and hidden roots. I was skeptical that any of our discussions were sinking in. I know my kid is bright but she's still two and a half and some concepts could be difficult to understand.

While driving towards the store this week, Moo pointed out the window.

"What's that, Mommy?"

"Those are trees."

"Tees? We need to take care of tees, Mommy. They help us have air to live."

"That's right Baby Girl!"

That's MY kid.

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