Last year we were able to start all of our garden from seeds. My husband and I had purchased special uv lamps and built indoor "green houses" and put them up in our basement (prior to the remodel), everything grew and actually did very well. You can read a little about it here, if your interested. This year, however, we were limited on time and space so we had to purchase most of our plants (which was kind of nice because it was much easier and cleaner than last years method) and we used some seed packs.
This year the older two girls got a "plot of land" to plant what they wanted. Jasmine wants to plant potatoes. (I'm working on that) And Kiliegh wants Sunflowers but not just any sunflower. Oh no, she wants Moonwalkers. She doesn't get much room, so I am a little nervous but at the same time, I am also excited for these monstrous plants to grow, grow, grow!
Vada is our helper. She likes practically all veggies and can't quite vocalize which is her favorite so this year she doesn't get a spot to grow her own produce. Maybe next year baby girl! She did get to help her Papa plant some of our tomato plants however and I have to say, she did quite well!
Vada is fine with most textures but doesn't care to get dirty. So we have been working on playing in the sand and even in the dirt. I was surprised at how willing she was to test out the dirt when Justin offered it to her. She was a little hesitant at first but she did get into it and maybe it was because she had been watching him dig in with his hands and knew that it was okay but for whatever reason she was very intrigued. I loved it!
She even held the whole tomato plant in her hand! What a brave girl!
She listened to her Daddy's instructions and put the plant into the hole that was specifically dug for it and then was praised for her good works. You could tell she felt proud. We were so proud of her as well.
Then Justin showed her how the plant needed to be packed into the ground and she wasn't so sure about putting her hands back into the dirt. She thought that she was done.
But after a minute of processing, she finished planting the tomato plant.
And then before we knew what was happening Vada quickly grabbed the tomato plant and ripped it back up from the ground from which it was planted and attempted throwing it out of our raised bed.
I'm sure it wouldn't have grown anyway. ;)
Everything else was planted, other than the carrot seeds. But Vada still wanted to help her Daddy and he was fine with that.
To be on the safe side however, he did make sure to put the seeds we needed into the ground first before handing some to Vada to possibly throw out to the wind.
She didn't throw the carrot seeds to the wind but dropped them ever so slightly into the carrot patch.
Ten days later everything has grown and even spouted!