When The Goose was a toddler he loved, loved, loved going to the garden and helping pick vegetables. We’d spend hours out back looking at each plant, talking about what was growing, who was going to eat it when it was ready, and deciding if we were going to plant it again next year. While I loved having him in the garden, it drove me crazy when I’d look away for just a second, and he’d seize the opportunity – picking a tiny green tomato, a miniscule green pepper, or an eggplant that was no bigger than my thumb.
After spending two summers trying to keep him from picking vegetables before they were ready, I’d had enough. So, last year we decided to give him his very own garden. (Yes! Kids can garden, too!) And it worked out wonderfully. He was able to plant anything he wanted, pick anything he wanted, and he was always full of pride whenever he’d show his garden to people who came to visit.
Last year, The Goose’s garden was just a sectioned off part of the bigger garden. This year, however, since we have the new big backyard, we decided that we’d move his garden back a bit farther, to one of the sunniest parts of the yard.
This past weekend, we finally finished planting – which was not made easy, given the crazy weather we were experiencing. We spent nearly the whole day outside on Saturday – perplexed as the weather changed from bright and sunny, to cloudy and rainy, then back again. But, a little rain was not enough to stop us – we ended up planting the last of the seeds just as the rain really started pouring. And we all ran inside as fast as we could.
When it comes to selecting plants for his garden, The Goose usually chooses plants that he thinks his Daddy will like. This year, The Goose is growing three different types of tomatoes: black cherry tomato, purple Cherokee heirloom tomatoes, and his very favorite, the Homely Homer. He’s growing a ghost pepper plant, four jalapeno plants, broccoli, green beans, cucumber, pumpkins, watermelon and cantaloupe. We also planted some corn, like we do every year, even though he knows it’s not likely that it will grow – our backyard squirrels make sure of that.
Having a family garden is one of my favorite parts of summer. I love that we all get excited watching our plants grow. I love that we all work together to make the garden happen. And I love that in today’s fast paced, gotta have it now world, we are able to sit back and watch as our plants slowly get bigger and bigger. It’s perfection, pure and simple.