Meet Sophia, my best gardening Buddy. Sophia has been gardening with me since shortly before her 3rd birthday. In the photo on the left, she is inspecting the new raised bed we put in this year. We had so much fun with the original bed, we wanted to expand this year! Sophia is very serious about our gardening, and she reminds her mother and grandmother every Saturday morning that she needs to come over to garden. You can tell how serious she is by those fabulous gardening Wellies she's sporting! In the photo on the right, she is showing off how well our grape tomatoes are doing in that same bed.
When I asked Sophia what her favorite part of gardening is, she said it was the planting. Don't get her wrong, she loves watering the gardens, and enjoys harvesting too, but like me, she loves getting her hands in the dirt, planting the seeds and seedlings, and finding bugs, and determining if they are good bugs or bad bugs for our garden. We had loads of fun this spring finding worms to put into our new garden bed. We found one that was at least 8 inches long, and chubby as he could be. Sophia likes worms, lady bugs and butterflies. She doesn't like bees, but she understands how important they are for our plants.
Sophia and I wanted to share a fun project we've done with our pumpkins. A few weeks ago we carved Sophia and her baby cousin Owen's names into the skin of two of the pumpkins, and we are having fun watching how their names are getting bigger as the pumpkins grow. Here is a picture of Sophia standing in her strawberry patch pointing out the pumpkin with her name on it, and a shot of Owen's pumpkin.
Sophia and I enjoy working and playing hard in the gardens, and we would love to hear some of the things others who garden with young children do in the gardens to help make it a magical experience for the kids!