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Good ‘Orm!

June 14, 2010

Shane’s been “helping” quite a bit out in the gardens. We have our vegetable garden, and a new perennial bed alongside the stairs leading up to our apartment.

The flower bed hasn’t been completely panted — there’s still a lot of empty space in between plants that’s yet to be filled. Shane will happily work alongside me in this bed, digging in the un-planted expanses of soil with his very own trowel and hand rake, while I transplant and deadhead and weed.

Out in the vegetable garden, we set aside a corner for Shane. We planted sunflower and morning glory seeds along the fence line, and scattered leftover radish and lettuce seeds throughout the area. There’s a few small construction vehicles, a bucket, empty plant pots, and shovels. I can tend to my portion of the garden while Shane explores his.

Every day brings new discoveries — butterflies and bumble bees flit around, tiny seedlings emerge from the soil, blossoms morph into tiny fruit.

Last week’s highlight was the discovery of earthworms while working in the flower bed. Shane eagerly held one in his hands, squealing as it wriggled across his palm.

I crouched down beside him, and told him how earthworms help gardens grow.  How they burrow through the soil, adding nutrients and breaking up the hard-packed earth.  He poked at the little worm with one finger, then abruptly stood up, making a bee-line for the vegetable garden.  “Good ‘orm!” he shouted, and tossed it over the fence in the general direction of our squash plants.

How can you not love gardening alongside such an enthusiastic little helper!

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Lisa @ 5 Orange Potatoes is hosting Outdoor Challenge Mondays,
in which participants pledge to get their children outdoors, experiencing nature, every day (rain or shine!),
and then post about the highlights of the previous week each Monday.
Check out this week’s post on her blog to see the outdoor adventures of those participating in this challenge!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 15, 2010 12:14 am

    Doesn’t the garden make a wonderful place for kids to explore and learn about life?

    • June 15, 2010 7:38 am

      It is! And after last year’s garden failure, I wasn’t all that excited about trying again. Shane’s excitement over everything he sees has made me excited about gardening again.

  2. June 15, 2010 11:01 am

    We have some serious worm-love over here, too. We made our own worm compost bin with a rubbermaid container (just drill holes in the top) . . . my almost-5-year old loves to make “soup” to feed the worms and then help transfer the compost to the garden.

  3. June 15, 2010 1:27 pm

    I’m not much of a gardener myself, but your son is adorable. Even when he’s digging for worms.

  4. June 15, 2010 9:40 pm

    I’m getting a post ready about a garden my dad put together for Jonathan so he can watch it grow. We don’t have enough room where we live, but Dad and Mom have plenty of land…Jonathan was able to go down and see some tiny little green plants pushing up already — in one week! I think your son and Jonathan have the same spade too! 🙂

  5. June 16, 2010 3:19 pm

    What kid doesn’t love holding a wiggly worm..! It sounds like he is having a wonderful time leaning and exploring.

  6. June 18, 2010 9:32 am

    Gardening is great for kids. Good family time. In my youth I not only worked in the garden but also spent time sampling all that it produced. Hence my appreciation for vegetables.

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