This is one of my favorite photos of three of our Grandchildren. Last spring, when they lived in Pensacola, Florida, we planted seeds together and grew our own vegetables at Nana’s house. We started with tomatoes, cucumbers, spaghetti squash, kale, and even zucchini! The kids and I kept a notebook listing all the seeds we planted. We drew pictures of the different planting beds and wrote in the names of the plants planted in each area.
Each child picked a bush. Alexandria picked the delicate pink Azalea. Steven picked the orange-blossomed Parlor Maple, while Savanna chose the peach-colored hibiscus. They dug the holes and planted their own bushes. I assisted, but tried to let them do most of the work themselves. My thought process was that if they tried gardening now, they might try it again when they are older.
We found out that Savanna and Steven like to garden. Alexandria did not, instead she enjoyed taking pictures of all of us doing the work. The idea was to get them interested in something other than video games. It seemed to work. Every other weekend the kids visited and tended to the weeds and the watering for that weekend. Today, their bushes are still growing, awaiting the return of spring.
This photo is part of the The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge. This week, we were to “express ourselves,” in any way we wished. I can truly say that I love digging, and playing in the dirt, and growing things, almost as much as I love writing. Since the Grandchildren have moved away from Pensacola, I wonder if the Swamp Fairy (follow the stories at the link) will help me tend my garden this year?
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