There is no doubt in my mind that kids soak up everything we expose them to. At the store the other day, Azita pointed to something and asked if we could buy that “100 calorie snack” and she also “dreams in chocolate”. And she watche the Food Network Show “Chopped” with Payman and yesterday she came up to me and said “Chef Marial, you’ve been chopped!”
I’ve never seen a kid that wants to be outside constantly like Ada.
Lately we’ve been filling our days trying to keep my fledging garden going. The easiest way to get good cheap food that can’t possibly have been contaminated with gluten or corn or something is by growing it ourselves! We’ve run out of room in the front herb planter and the two tilled garden areas I have, so I’ve been moving into container gardening for the things that can take it.
I hate weeding and mulching anyway. Last year the garden did okay, especially the heirloom tomato plants I bought from the Farmer’s Market– those did best of all, but then around July it got so hot and Ada was not at an easy age to garden in. She’d kind of grown out of being comfortable in her wrap, tucked onto my chest, which is how we gardened the first part of the summer.
This year she’s been doing well and I hope that I’ll give the garden the attention it needs to yield well for all the the growing season, not just the first half.
She sits in her car, just getting in and out for 20 minutes at a time. She adores playing with the hose and watering the plants for me. She loves to play in the dirt with Azita. All in all, I think we’ll do okay. When she’s not in the mood, she really lets me know anyway, and I take her inside and figure I’ll finish what I was doing later.
It’s really been a slow and steady wins the race type of job, keeping a decent sized garden with two kids under 4. If I can get just a small area weeded and watered, that’s more than nothing.
I’m hoping the containers do well. I didn’t want to invest a lot of money into something that I’ve doing for the first time, and large planters that you need for melons and bigger veggies aren’t cheap, so I’m actually using old rubbermaid storage bins with holes drilled. I hope my craftiness pays off with some decent food!