Thursday, 12 September 2013
gardening with my girl
I'd thought I'd be able to get out in the garden more with her this summer as she'd be able to play while I dug/sowed/picked. Hmm. Not so much. We had one of two situations: playing with the toys for a couple of minutes and then crawling off, normally in the direction of the latest cat poo addition to the lawn (thanks neighbourhood felines), or crawling over to investigate what I was doing, and pulling up/squashing whatever poor plant was in her reach.
Now she's walking, it's a little easier. Her 'helping' is very sweet, if not a little over zealous at times - the poor squashed salad seedlings are testament to this. She's now much more content to wander around, coming over to see what I'm doing every so often. And if we're out in the front garden, she'll stand and watch the cars go past through the garden gate. She spent a lot of time in the garden with Grandma last week - I think Grandma has taught her well!
So perhaps by next summer I will have cracked this 'gardening with a small child' malarkey. Either that or I'll be much more relaxed about the quantity of soil/worms/grass she eats!
I know lots of you grow your own veg, or even have allotments - how do you manage it with small children? Do I just need a big cage?!