My friend Nancie has the most beautiful garden! Nine neat beds constructed of railroad ties, filled with a dark, rich mixture of soil and compost. Tidy rows of sturdy plants, green and healthy-looking against the dark earth. Lettuces and beans, peas and tomatoes, squash and eggplant, not a weed in sight. And the whole kit and kaboodle surrounded by a fence to keep the deer out. It’s a sight to behold and I totally covet it. It makes me long for a garden!
As you all know, I am the Black Thumb of Poughquag. Little plants tremble at my approach, and their lives are at risk whenever I’m in charge! Not intentionally, of course! It’s just an inborn curse or something.
My daughter is pretty good with plants, but she no longer lives at home and is thus unable to provide the kind of supervision I need to be allowed around plants (i.e. constant! 🙂 )
So we have come up with a solution. (Hopefully! 🙂 )
Small scale gardening.
Four tiny planters with one plant each on the back deck where the deer (hopefully) can’t reach them and where (hopefully) they will catch my eye often enough that I’ll remember to water them in between her visits.
Have you noticed how many times the word “hopefully” has appeared already? I’m afraid this does not bode well for my gardening experiment…!
But for better or worse, I have a tomato plant, green beans, mint, and by this weekend I’ll (hopefully – oops, there I go again) have a pea plant.
Think good thoughts and send positive energy to my tiny garden which will undoubtedly need all the help it can get! 🙂
And for today’s Perfect Picture Book, wild gardening that works in spite of black thumbs!
Title: Planting The Wild Garden
Written By: Kathryn O. Galbraith
Illustrated By: Wendy Anderson Halperin
PeachtreePublishers, 2011, Nonfiction
Suitable For Ages: 4-8
Themes/Topics: nonfiction, nature, seeds, how things grow
Opening: “The farmer and her boy plant their garden. They drop seeds – tiny, fat, round, and oval – into the earth. From these seeds, pumpkins and peas, carrots and cabbages will grow. In the wild meadow garden, many seeds are planted too, but not by farmers’ hands.”
Brief Synopsis: From the publisher: “A farmer and her son plant vegetables in their garden, and the wind carries a few seeds away. Birds and animals may carry some along with them on their travels. Sometimes the rain washes them away to a new and unexpected location. And sometimes something more extraordinary occurs, as in when the pods of the Scotch Broom plant open explosively in the summer heat, scattering seed everywhere like popcorn. Year-round, we all play a role in the dispersal of seeds throughout our landscape, planting the wild garden together.”
Links To Resources: the back of the book contains a bibliography of useful resources; make your own garden: plant seeds in a paper cup or a small pot on the windowsill – flowers or herbs grow quickly and well. If you have space for more, plant some vegetables! See what you can grow. Explore outdoors and see what kind of seeds you find. Dandelions with their delightful cottony fluff that you can make a wish on and blow? Winged maple seeds that you can peel back and stick on your nose? Acorns that you can collect in a bucket and build little houses out of?
Why I Like This Book: In simple language with beautiful illustrations, the author and illustrator team up to share verbal and visual information on how seeds in nature are spread about to propagate. There are plenty of onomatopoetic and action words to make reading the text interesting, lively, and fun. Detailed illustrations show close-ups of different kinds of seeds, nuts and pods along with many species of birds and animals who help spread them around. There is something for everyone in this delightful and informative book. A great choice for the budding gardener in your house or for a classroom or library.
I hope you like it as much as I do 🙂
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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!!! 🙂