Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Preparing the Tot to Garden

While much of the country is embracing spring, in our area winter has overstayed it's welcome.  Spring tried to grumble its way in yesterday with a nice little thunderstorm and I'm just waiting for the temperatures to reach that spring warmth.

In the meantime, I'm dreaming my early garden bed and trying to figure out how gardening is going to work with a two-year-old helper this year.  We'll be working on our colors in an attempt to distinguish between ripe and not-so-ripe tomatoes and strawberries.  I think weeding is going to have to be done when my copy-cat isn't looking, or she may "weed" my whole garden.  While my brain is working overtime on the protection needed to preserve my crops from a toddler, I'm also looking forward to teaching her about planting and seeds.  It's about time to gather up all the gardening related story books we have and add them to the story stacks around the house.

While we were at the children's museum this past week, we practiced planting skills.  We'll be planting for real soon enough!

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This post is linked up at An Oregon Cottage's Tuesday Garden Party.


  1. Barb @ A Life in BalanceApril 5, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    Wow, I wish our children's museum had a planting area! So cool!

    I have 4 little ones and a teenager. I try to involve the kids in the garden as much as I feasibly can, but when they're 2 to 3, it's hard to get anything done with them involved. I usually end up fencing the garden off from the toddler, and then I have to fence it off from the deer anyway.

  2. We had lots of "help" last year from our then almost 2-year-old granddaughter. She loved to water things so I would just turn the hose on really low and let her "water". She just left after a 10 day visit and she "helped" her grandpa cook a lot.

  3. Found you on the Tuesday Garden Party- and when i saw the thumbnail, I thought "Hey! That's the Please Touch Museum!" I live in the area and we were just there twice last week (we have a membership for us and our 18 month old daughter). Very cool place! I clicked to follow you- it's always fun to find someone from the same area! Thanks for sharing your blog :-)