This was only my third ‘gardening with kids’ post for 2019. This partly reflects the busy-ness of Mum life. It mostly reflects that sad reality that gardening has taken a back seat for me since becoming a Weleda Wellbeing Advisor in February. As usual the produce we were lucky enough to pick this year was not the result of our hard work but Dave’s. My boys have a very rose tinted view of what ‘grow your own’ means with Dave providing ready-to-sow soil and tending and watering our plants between monthly visits. Dave supports us so graciously, with no criticism, and warmly welcomes us each time we do pop by. The kids are always delighted to see him and not just for the cherryade drink they enjoy finding in his shed!
If you’ve never gardened with kids you could be forgiven for thinking it’s more trouble than it’s worth. I certainly had moments of that when Luca was smaller. He spent most of the time walking across seedlings or pulling them up. But at the grand old age of 3 he became a super little helper. I’d actually forgotten we’d put 3 potatoes in to fill our final gap back in May. So when we went to the allotment in September to pick all of our tomatoes and the last of the runner beans it was a delightful surprise to find the potatoes. (If you’ve been reading my blog since before kids you’ll know how much I love digging up spuds and liken it to finding treasure). Luca and I pulled up the plants and started clawing through the mud to pick out the large Sarpo Mira spuds. Dave kindly gave us a fork when he could see how mucky we were getting! Luca then became chief spud washer and we took home about 20 potatoes.
In addition to our own harvest Dave sent us away with some of his sweetcorn, onions, carrots and a giant cabbage. It reminded me of how much I used to love growing at the allotment and then making meals from our pickings. I can’t wait to see what this little champ gets busy with next year.
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