Hi there Blogging World! We are on vacation in beautiful Carmel and have left our garden to the whims of nature for a few days. My fingers are crossed that all my lovely plants are surviving.
A couple of weeks ago Miss Toddler and I put up this bird feeder, which has finally been accepted amongst our local bird population. I snapped this shot of the new bird feeder with our backyard in the background.
Our bird feeder brings all the birdies to the yard. Can you see Miss Toddler in the background?
Happy Gardening to all you garden geeks!
Our garden is coming along nicely, and keeping Miss Toddler happy in the process.
Miss Toddler contributes her digging skills
Sometimes all kid’s need is some dirt, a spade and a bucket.
The next installment of my Garden Geek’s Geeky Garden Basics will be up in the next few days. I will be discussing the beginner’s basics of watering your garden.
But for now,
Get me Out of my House
I feel a tide of responsibilities swelling. My to-do list is ever-growing.
My toddler is clinging to my leg. My washing is piling up. My husband is away on a business trip.
Let’s escape to the Garden!
Miss Toddler at play in our concrete backyard
One of the greatest blessings of my foray into gardening has been it’s effect on my baby girl. Any mom of young children will tell you that it is challenging to entertain those little boogers all day long. I never intended it, but my gardening has been an outlet for the both of us. We are forced outside, everyday, rain or shine, to tend to my budding oasis.
Watering the Garden
In our garden, we don’t have irrigation so watering is an everyday chore. Most of the time I water with a hose and nozzle. But sometimes, when I’m feeling inspired, I use a watering can. And Miss Toddler has her very own watering can. So, as I go about my watering, I have her fill her watering can and I assign her one, maybe two plants of her own to water. Off she goes- doing her very important yard work- spilling most of the water on our concrete. But that is the beauty of it. I secretly come in after her and make sure the plants that she missed get the water they need. In the mean time Miss Toddler is building confidence, independence, skills, strength, co-ordination and a sense of responsibility.
Miss Toddler’s Watering ‘Can’
My Beautiful Surprise
I was going about my usual garden chores. Miss Toddler was keeping herself busy with Easter decorations. And then I saw it. Miss Toddler’s empty watering can. And one watered tea tree plant. Perfect. No spills. Just a watered plant. I hadn’t even asked Miss Toddler to do any watering. She had taken it upon herself to do so. Yes, my garden is a blessing. An escape for me. But for my girl it is a magical place to blossom into a responsible and passionate young girl. And I am one proud mama.
Miss Toddler successfully watered this beauty all by herself