We read a lot of books describing how the plants grow – both fictional and non-fictional. Anna even took How a Seed Grows to a show-and-tell in her preschool and explained all the theory to her friends. But she was delighted to go from theory to practice when we started planting. Our backyard is not big, and the plants were well established before we moved in. This year, however, my husband constructed a planter, and we want to start a vegetable garden.
We have mostly planted herbs in small containers so far to be transplanted later. Anna is checking them diligently every day, but gardening is definitely not “an instant gratification” activity. She is asking every day when we can plant more – we want to add tomatoes, beans and eggplants to the bigger planter. We also planted watermelons in the cup. I certainly hope for Anna’s sake that watermelon seeds will sprout even though I have no idea just yet where we will put them. She is super excited about them since she loves watermelons.