Thursday, April 2, 2009

Parker Gardens

Cost of seeds and vegetables: $42
Number of hours spent jumping on a shovel, digging out grass: 6
Pounds of top soil lugged and dumped into garden: 580
Seeing the look of wonder on your son's face when the seeds sprout: Priceless

OK, so it is only a 10 x 15 plot, but Aiden is quite proud of our garden. We tilled up a plot of earth next to the patio, brought in bags and bags of garden soil, and spent an afternoon digging away. It may be small, but we've crammed a lot into that plot! We put in live plants: 2 tomato plants, a cherry tomato bush, 2 rosemary bushes, thyme, cilantro, basil, mint, bell peppers, jalapenos, yellow squash, zucchini squash, and onions. And we've started carrots, turnips, broccoli, cantaloupe and watermelon from seeds. We've been watering and pampering our plants, even having to cover them with pots and sheets during a sudden cold snap, but this week we were rewarded with the sight of tiny green sprouts pushing through the earth, proof for Aiden that those dry little seeds we planted a few weeks ago were really something special. Aiden has been more than happy to help with caring for the garden, and I'm hoping that in a few weeks, he'll be just as enthusiastic about sampling our bounty.

Just another example of the lengths a mother will go to get her kids to eat vegetables!

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