Up first, the book giveaway! The winner of my copy of Radical Homemakers is Staci! Please send your info to AbbieR31081 AT aol DOT com, and I'll get the book in the mail for you. Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who entered!
My garden last year was a failure. I admit, I didn't spend nearly as much time in it as I had the previous two years. With a new baby who always wanted to be held, it wasn't easy to get out there and work. We started off late, planting on Mother's Day instead of our usual St. Patrick's Day. We did get to harvest snap peas, lettuce, herbs, potatoes, some carrots, and even some tomatoes. But by August, our garden was a weedy mess with a few crowning sunflowers. An embarrassment. I'm determined to do better this year. And this year, I'll have the help of a toddler. (Side note: YOU GUYS... my son Joshua is almost a TODDLER! Where does the time go???)
My first Mother's Day, in our garden
Last year, I joined the Inadvertent Farmer's KinderGARDENS Challenge, and promptly dropped out. I just couldn't keep up, but I loved following along each week and checking out what the participants and their children were growing. There are some really inspirational ideas for gardening with children there and I encourage you to check out the archives!
So, my plan for this year involves less guilt, more weeding, and a lot more fun for our family. I have a few ideas for adding kid-friendly plants that I think Joshua will enjoy growing:
- Jack-be-Littles (mini pumpkins)
- Sugar Baby watermelons
- Grape tomatoes
- Strawberries (Well, adding them. We won't get fruit this year)
I think Joshua will have fun playing with his tractors and trucks in the dirt, watching pumpkins grow and picking fruit to eat. I can imagine him having fun playing with the hose, too!
How do you get your little ones involved in the family garden?