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What I Did to Get My Toddler Into Gardening

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on March 21, 2016

  

Springtime is here, officially! Mother Nature still has some rain in store for us here in California, which is great for the drought and not so great for gardening. You know what it’s also great for? Weeds!

My epic battle with the weeds continues as the rain keeps providing them with the fuel they need to grow. Here’s a current picture of my side yard, which used to be covered in rock.

  
See what I’m up against? It’s a jungle! There’s probably an entire new species of animal living in there that has yet to be discovered by scientists!

But, alas, I was able to go outside for a bit and plant a few seeds in a flowerpot. I had bought the seeds a few weeks ago and left them in my stroller in the car. I had forgotten about them until I brought out the stroller again (I don’t use it that often as my little one prefers to run). I reached in the back pocket and discovered 4 soggy seed bags all stuck together. Apparently a water bottle had leaked onto them. So, when I opened up a packet of sweet pea seeds*, they had already begun to sprout! I grabbed some soil and a pot and threw them in.

  
My little one grabbed the watering can and had so much fun watering! The poor little seeds may have gotten too much water, but she was having fun, so that’s what really mattered. She watered the seeds, the grass, and the cement. Then stepped in the puddle with her socks and started making the cutest little footprints around the yard. It certainly kept her entertained. This was how I got her into gardening. It was her first step helping mommy in the yard.

So, if your toddler is going stir crazy, grab a pot and some dirt and plant some seeds. If you don’t have seeds you can “plant” small plastic toys, Legos, rocks, or imaginary seeds. Give them a watering can and let them have at it! Guaranteed fun for at least 20 minutes! It will also get them into gardening!

So my quest for the perfect backyard continues, but at least we are having a blast!

*I recently discovered that sweet pea SEEDS are poisonous if ingested. After I let my little girl water them under close supervision, I put them up high where she couldn’t reach. It’s important to research which plants are safe for kids and pets before planting.
photo credit: <a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/49109678@N04/25194410084″>Passionate Rosa</a> via <a href=”http://photopin.com”>photopin</a> <a href=”https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/”>(license)</a>