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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The little gardener


One of my very favorite things to do with our kids over the years has been gardening. Now I'm using the term "gardening" liberally. What I really mean is grow things in pots. Ish. I am not a gardener by any means, but I can keep somethings alive in pots by giving them water and sunshine... well not all the time but I can give it a sturdy go, and if it dies than that's an opportunity to teach the circle of life, yes? Especially for our adopted and foster kiddos growing things and the daily care  has been a life saver. It gets us outside in the sunshine, it fosters a nurturing and caring demeanor to another living thing, we get to be silly and splash our tootsies in the water and make feet prints on the sidewalk. We occasionally harvest our herbs or veggies and get to eat or cook with our bounty. Taking care of our plants provides many opportunities to practice direction following skills, gentleness and helps grow our English vocabulary in addition to the plants!
Thankfully in the desert we have about a 9 month growing season, and this year we are growing cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, oregano, basil, thyme, 2 types of mint, lemon grass, Gerbera daisies and several other pretty flowers, not to mention the orange tree in the back yard.
Right now, becuase it's spring and the desert goes crazy in the spring, the front of our home looks like an Easter basket threw up on it with a lush green lawn and a ridiculous amount of flowers in the trees, bushes, and blossoms of pinks, oranges, purples and yellow everywhere.
So far Ru has harvested a huge amount of oregano for me and then took it back to the kitchen and cleaned and prepped it so I could dry it. If you're local and would like to swing by for some organic oregano, holler! Or fresh sweet basil. Unfortunately he just missed the tomato harvest, but we'll plant again in the fall.
Seriously our little gardening venture is one of my favorite parts of the day, and I'm pretty sure is one of Ru's too!

4 comments:

  1. What a great thing to do with him....he looks right at home with that hose:)

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  2. Feeling garden inspired - he looks so sweet and joyfully content outdoors. Your photos are as lovely as ever, my fav's are the first and the last. Hope things are going well.

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  3. Wow. He is just gorgeous. Beautiful pics! Congrats on your newest family member. Many prayers for you all and love from Canada! xoxoxoxo

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