Honestly, I never thought the day would come, but Jackson actually does have his own garden. Despite writing a book about his garden he never really had one until now. You know how it is with little ones – in the beginning they just eat dirt, then they try to choke themselves on stones, then they take great delight in digging up what you have just planted.
Then they discover seeds, how to eat and throw them (Radish coming up through the cracks in the pavement!). At about two years old he discovered tools. He had is own miniature set but no, he wanted mine.
When they find the power of speech they ask, ‘what’s this?’ (holding a Tomato plant by its roots) and then later on ‘is it growing yet?’ (holding Pea seedling in similar way).
All of this is fun and can be called ‘gardening’. But actually growing something, leaving it in the ground, watering it and checking on it every day – hmmm… not so much.
Until now that is! Jackson sowed some Peas and he ‘actually’ left them in the ground. He sowed some Lettuce in a tray and ‘transplanted’ them to his garden – oh okay I did it, but he watched and understood what I was doing.
Last week we went to the garden centre, he choose some seeds (Radish – good choice), we sowed them, they germinated and today we ‘thinned’ them. And yes he did it all by himself this time!
I ‘actually’ have a little gardener on my hands and he’s only three. I’m so proud of him :)