Gardening has a tendency to make you do things that you never thought you’d do. Things like talk about compost piles at the dinner table. Getting excited when the chickens fertilize the new flower bed. And saving worms for the struggling vermiculture bin. Who am I?!?! I don’t recognize myself anymore since mini-farming.
The rain clouds can’t seem to make up their minds these days. We have been spoiled with unseasonably warm days this spring. So that makes the cloudy ones feel like they are out of place. Yet historically, the last few weeks should have been all rain this time of year! So I’m trying very hard to stay focused on the blessing of those few hot days to get the garden growing and the rainy ones to keep it those roots moist.
The last several weeks included oodles of up-poting from the 50 or 100+ cell trays.
Usually I would squeeze the bottoms of the cell till a half smooshed root ball came out. Then hubby found this amazing little tool. I have no idea what it’s actually for but it works amazingly for getting under the root ball and lifting the entire root ball out – no cell pinching needed.
The sugar snap peas are finally growing like crazy. No blossoms yet. But any day now they will be setting their fruit. Once they do, it’s so satisfying to have a continual flow of fresh sugar snap peas. They are a favorite in our house for sure!
As I wait patiently – OK fine, impatiently – for the edible garden to take off the cut garden is coming along swimmingly. This gorgeous yellow peony bloomed and the columbine is covered in more blossoms. None are established enough to where I can cut copious amount of flowers yet. But as long as they overwinter next year should be a treat.
When we get the rare full day (or even full afternoon) in the garden as a family, this little cutie pie is right by our side. She gardens, helps with the chicks/hens and then will often set up a reading area with her dolly, swing or be in her playhouse.
So much of the reason of why we do what we do on our little homestead is for her.
We want her to have the experience of what it means to grow your own food. To know that carrots come from the ground, not the grocery store. To appreciate all the hard work that farmers do so that we can have food. To appreciate that we live in a country where food is so readily available. To learn to grow in abundance so that we can share with those who do not have.
The garden teaches her (and us) about dealing with disappointment:
That you can plan and work hard and still lose a crop over night. And along with that comes lessons of flexibility in light of current circumstances and determination to pick yourself up and try again.
We also want her to know the importance of knowing what you’re putting in your body. And while we are not super strict organic food junkies, we do try to be conscious of what chemicals, etc are being consumed. (In case you’re wondering: while were not certified, we are an all organic farm.)
How about you?
What values or skills are you intentionally teaching your little ones?
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