Lydia’s Garden

When I planned this year’s garden, I was open to suggestions. I was using a brand new bed in front of the house, and I was just wanting to get something out there. I gave Lydia the Baker Creek seed catalog with a package of sticky notes. She marked the flowers that looked interesting to her. Those are the seeds I ordered, plus a few more herbs that I wanted.

She was also involved in the planting. I thought this would be enough to give her some ownership in the garden, but a few weeks ago she started saying she wants her own garden. We decided she could use an area next to our driveway that was recently landscaped, but only has two rose bushes planted in it so far.

At first, she said she wanted to grow sunflowers, and I also suggested zinnias. Then, she said she only wanted to grow food. In the end, we have a little of both.

We bought a tomato plant at Walmart. She helped dig the hole and put it in the ground.

tomato plant

Luke and Hungry helped. For now, Luke seems okay with coming alongside whatever we are doing in the garden and doesn’t feel left out if he doesn’t have his own designated garden space. (Sorry about the undies. That’s how he likes to roll.)


We also went to Baker Creek seeds and I guided her in choosing some flowers. It’s kind of tricky helping her choose something I think will bring success, but also making her feel like she is the one who chose.


I helped dig holes and trenches, and she dropped in the seeds, like these Evening Sun sunflowers.

evening sun sunflower seeds


In the end, however, playing in the sprinkler proved to be more compelling than finishing the garden work, so I planted the last row myself.


Lydia’s involvement in “Mommy’s garden” and “Lydia’s garden” was about the same, but there was something important to her about calling a garden hers. Duly noted. She says that when we go outside she will water her garden while I water mine. I hope she is pleased with the results.

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  1. Keith says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing Lydia’s Garden! Do we need to start a new blog for her at too?

    I just checked, and is taken by a domain squatter. I hate domain squatters.

    ... on June 28th, 2012
  2. Lindsay says:

    Tell Lydia that Aunt Lindsay could have really used her help. I tried to involve Caleb in my planting process. He helped a little but was mostly concerned about lining all the flower pots up in a row. Since then most of what I’ve planted is dead because I am too busy to water it. Maybe next year….

    Anyway, glad you had some time to get your flower beds looking nice. Plus, I’m very excited your back to blogging!

    ... on June 28th, 2012
  3. Janet says:

    This post brings back some good memories. Adam was younger than Lydia, but his favorite job was weeding the garden. Yes, he LOVED pulling weeds. Problem? He pulled some of the good stuff in the process! Ha~
    Can’t wait to see your garden grow, Lydia!

    ... on June 29th, 2012
  4. Dad says:

    I think it is great that Lydia and Luke are involved with gardening.

    ... on June 29th, 2012

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