I won’t be playing practical jokes.
I probably won’t be planning Easter crafts.
I definitely won’t be spring cleaning!
But every day, starting tomorrow until mid-May, I will be checking the ground obsessively. First, for the snow to melt slowly…then for the ground to thaw and turn to mud, and THEN….for this beautiful sight:
I most certainly do not have a green thumb. I’ve killed many plants in my day and I’m not really into all things home repair and lawn maintenance. But last year I decided I would actually plant a garden (after talking about it for 5 years) and I took enormous pleasure in tending my sad little garden and eating the tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers it produced.
This year I decided to take it a step further and plant some things from seeds in the house. I was nervous – I have no idea what I’m doing and I’m not great at reading instructions (it’s good to know these things about yourself :)) so I went to Walmart and bought a kit. Add water. Add seeds. Cover and ignore. PERFECT!
This tray required us to pour about 7 cups of water into those pellets to puff them up. Then you tore them open, put a couple of seeds in and covered the tray with a lid to put in a not sunny spot.
We planted cucumbers, two kinds of tomatoes and watermelon. We went to the store and bought the seeds together and Kiernan specifically requested the watermelon, making them his pet project and all the more interested in taking part in whole process.
He then made drawings with his dad of all the kinds of plants (using the seed packages to help) to put into the tray so we would remember what row was what.
I then put the lid on and dumped it on the dining room table because the twins were getting crazy and the time for paying attention to this ended abruptly. Which is just further proof that anyone can do this.
A few days later I went in and saw all of them had sprouted! I took the lid off and moved it to the greenhouse window we’re lucky to have in our kitchen.
In the coming weeks I will be attempting to transplant them into individual pots and then out into the garden. I’ll be documenting the journey here, so stay tuned!
Lara Wellman is mom to 4 year old Kiernan and 2 year old twins Quinn and Juliette. You can read her personal blog at Gliding Through Motherhood, about her weight loss journey at Losing it in Ottawa, and her social media blog at Larawellman.com
Posted in Activities for Kids, Gardening
Tagged cucumber, garden, gardening, kids, Ottawa, Plant, Seed, Seedling, Tomato, watermelon
Last summer the kids and I started attending a weekly playgroup at the Children’s Garden in Old Ottawa East. Located at the corner of Main Street and Clegg, the Children’s Garden has transformed Robert Legget Park from an unused green space to a wonder of plants and vegetables.
For a black thumb like me it was the perfect chance to expose the kids to gardening without actually having to do it myself. This is what I call a win-win situation.
Now that the weather is warming up, the boy and I have started attending the playgroup again. Every Thursday morning from 10am to 11am parents and kids gather at the garden to play, do crafts, take part in a circle time, eat snacks and, well, garden.
The playgroup is free, but the volunteer coordinator does as for a small donation to cover the cost of the craft supplies and the snack that is provided.
So far the only plants growing are the garlic, but that should change soon. The Children’s Garden has a team of volunteers that plant and weed throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Last summer there was an impressive number of vegetables growing. My then three-year old girl would always head straight for the tomato plants as soon as we arrived and would happily sit and eat them off the vine. Luckily, that was exactly what they are there for.
The Children’s Garden is open to everyone, just like any other public park. It would be the perfect place for a family picnic or even a birthday party. Besides the weekly Thursday playgroups, the Children’s Garden often hosts special parties, like the fairy party the girl attended last August. You can subscribe to their email updates to be informed of any upcoming activities.
Brie is the mom of a 3.5 year old daughter “the girl” and eighteen month old son “the boy”. You can read her blog at Capital Mom.