My Local Community Garden

I often think that I’m giving Jackson, my eldest boy, a great and varied experience in the garden. I grow a bit of everything and so he can see where most vegetables come from. What I failed to understand is that he gets to see my garden and the way I have laid it out every day, but as a small boy he wants to explore new gardens and see how they look from his perspective.

He wants to water sunflowers until they’ll never need water again. Heck, even the hosepipe with its ‘different’ nozzle was a hit.

He wants to wash veg in a bucket – not in the sink like mummy does it.

He wants to scrummage around for Potatoes under plants that are taller than he is!

And rummage for Broadbeans…

…with someone who will happily carry his harvest in her skirt.

What a lovely morning we spent at our local community garden in the park. An enchanting place that is completely different to my garden and that’s why I love it.

8 Responses to “My Local Community Garden”

  1. Petra Hoyer Millaron 13 Jul 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Just enchanting – what a lovely boy. A gardener in the making!

  2. Ian Hallon 13 Jul 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Just love it! My kids are of the same age and they can’t get enough of exploring my multitudes of wild veggie beds! Wild because my usual orderly planting plan got intermixed with many a beans, squash, and sunflowers that were planted indiscriminately by my kids. Makes for a chaotic and fun look, and they love when we eat what they plant!

  3. dandyon 14 Jul 2011 at 9:44 am

    Thank you for your blog- i love it. please could we have an updated pic of the whole garden? You’ve inspired me to be more positive about my less-than-perfect plot (dry shade). Any ideas about killing a sycamore and leaving no fingerprints?

  4. TubbyMikeon 15 Jul 2011 at 1:42 am

    What a great post. Fantastic to see a child having fun and exploring. He’s also learning the connection between growing and food too.

    Lucky Jackson. When he’s older I’ll bet he’ll look back on days with his Mum in the community garden with joy. A really nice post with great photos.

  5. Alan Mooreon 16 Jul 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Hey… it’s not only kids who love rummaging around other gardens – I do too! In fact, here in North Yorkshire we have lots of stately homes and most have fantastic vegetable gardens from which I always bring home a few ideas to try out in my humble garden. Why should kids have all the fun ;-)

  6. Garyon 18 Jul 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Great pictures. You’ll have to help me out here… just what are those purplish colored broad beans? Very striking and not something I’ve seen before.

  7. mtpon 18 Jul 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Hi Gary, They are in fact purple podded peas. Very decorative with lovely purple flowers but some say, a bit tasteless.

  8. Louieon 20 Jul 2011 at 11:45 am

    What a lovely blog! I love coming back to read what’s going on in your tiny plot. :)

    I have recently started to learn about gardening and am trying to get involved with mine more so blogs like this are a great read.