I am so excited to introduce you to Carrie of Chockababy! A mom of 3, Carrie still tries her best to find time for the things she loves: gardening, baking, and crafting, to name a few. Carrie blogs mostly about raising a child with food allergies, babies, and parenting over at Chockababy.com.
kids in the garden: a mini veggie garden
We love our vegetable garden. We plant lettuces, tomatoes, peppers, and squash every year. Once we had children, my husband and I have tried to include them in the gardening. I’ve heard it said that if kids know where their food comes from, and actually touch the dirt it’s grown in, they are more likely to make healthy choices as they grow.
The only problem is, my son likes to play in the garden. Run his trucks, scoop dirt in the diggers, and burrow holes in the dirt. The plants become casualties and our homegrown vegetables never make it to the table. (Editor’s note: I think it’s a boy thing! Mine do it, too!)
But we came up with a solution: a Mini Veggie Garden. This mini garden offers my son the opportunity to pick out plants, prepare the soil, dig holes, and grow his own vegetables. If they get run over and don’t grow, we still have our full garden to harvest and the whole family can enjoy the harvest!
To get the Mini Veggie Garden going, we first had to take a trip to nursery and pick out the plants:
He tends to get distracted. First by flowers:
And then by a friend:
We were able to pick out a few plants for his garden: squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. We then headed home and prepped the mini garden space. First, he turned over the dirt and added water:
After deciding what we would plant in each spot, he got to digging:
After the zucchini, squash, and cucumber were in the ground, he was able to sit back and admire:
And then add some more water for good measure:
And no… I don’t know what happened to his shoes during planting…
Whether the plants survive is unknown, but the joy of gardening with my son will last. And we always have our “big” garden to turn back to: