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.
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.
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.