This is the 5th year we’ve done a garden. It’s the first year that Miss Chloe Mae has been old enough to help out. I’m excited to report that she’s excited to be involved! 🙂 She helped in the planning stages – we planted peas for the first time this year at her suggestion. She helped us pull some weeds to get it ready for planting. And since the seeds have gone in the ground, she’s been happy to help water the garden whenever necessary. She has her own little watering can and she’ll make trip after trip from the rain barrel to the garden and back to the rain barrel to get a refill.
Last Friday, after Pizza Friday and cartoons, we asked if she wanted to go help us water the garden. She started jumping up and down and yelling about going to the garden. Then we spent 20 (sweaty) minutes watering the garden. It’s not a fast process when you’re watering via rain barrel, 1 watering can and a kid-sized watering can that ends up mostly empty by the time it gets to the garden. However, it was a great 20 minutes. We talked, we had fun and we did something productive together as a family.
Added benefit of the garden – Chloe tried grilled zucchini the other night, because it was from the garden. She didn’t like it, but she tried it, and that’s the first step!