Gettin’ dirty with your kids

Spring in Bloom: Plant a Garden ~ Grow a Mind.

Kids are so curious. They love to touch, see, smell and experience anything new and exciting. They love to play and they LOVE to get messy.

This past weekend we took an opportunity to do just that and celebrated the first few days of spring by planting our very own herb and vegetable garden. We headed out to the back yard where, conveniently, we have a small 8 foot by 4 foot planting plot left for us by the previous residents of our new home. I dug in with my shovel, removed all the overgrown weeds, or what I have to assume were weeds, and prepared the soil. The girls watched from the pool deck, not quite sure what I was doing, but they happily let me do my thing and sat mostly still diligently working on a painting project while I and covered myself in dirt and sweat.

I rinsed off with the hose and announced it was time to go shopping. The girls completely knew what that was about and happily piled into the car. At the nursery we perused the herbs, flowers and vegetables and settled on a dozen or so “experiments.” I haven’t planted a garden since my pre-mommy days in California, where anything will happily and, pretty much, naturally grow bug-free with exceptional success. Here, in my home state of Florida, well, let’s say, it’s a little different. It’s miserably hot in the summer months to come, and bugs abound year round.

Once our cart was sufficiently overflowing with green, we checked out and headed home to PLANT.

We again prepared the ground with a fresh batch of organic growing soil, and began to arrange the plants. Once everyone was happy with the neat arrangement before us, we all picked up a shovel and nestled our new family members into their new home in our back yard. The whole planting process took about an hour, but it was time well spent. Once things were well underway, I stepped back and let them dig, touch and smell their new garden to their hearts content.

Once our little project seemed complete, and the sprinkler was in place watering the plants for the first time, we all headed straight into the still arctic pool (it is only March after all) and washed the dirt from our hands and the sweat from our brows.

This spring take an afternoon to plant something with your kids. You will be amazed at how willing they are to dig right in and get dirty, grimy, and otherwise completely engrossed in what they are doing.

Happy Spring!

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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2 Responses to “Gettin’ dirty with your kids”

  1. Kristyn — April 7, 2011 @ 9:23 am (#
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    Ahhh, herbs!!! I’m so jealous…we have another six weeks to wait before we can do that…can’t wait to see your series of recipes using those 🙂

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