Saturday, June 4, 2011

Two Heads are Better than One

Gardening out here can sometimes seem like a solitary activity, but it's really not. How could it be in a family of six? There's all the help with hardscape from Eric, and the evenings I force him to walk in the yard with me while I talk about plants, to the kids' various levels of interest and help. So it's always a multi-person effort.

For instance, I only get to see the strawberries so far. Eating seems to be a kid assignment (edited to add that tonight we discovered that the DOG is also eating them -- aaagh):

The flowers that Ellie and I planted together are coming up under the onslaught of more rain than our area has seen in over a hundred years. Sigh. I miss summers. Anyhow, these are blue bread poppies. I'm looking forward to harvesting seeds and then baking:

I thought it was only one, but another of the Padron peppers has decided to return for another year:

Two of the Anna apples are very close to each other. I've never seen this before;

And of course, our prime garden helper also takes seriously the "no empty bed" approach -- to gardening and, er, other things:

He's not alone in his philosophy:


Daphne Gould said...

That is one thing I don't miss about kids. They eat all the strawberries! lol no they are worth it, but it will be strange to have some where I get to eat them.

Melissa H said...

My son was really into helping me pick our strawberries (and eating them) untill the third pickin...and then it wasnt fun I have another couple of pickins left I think.

Yay you found out the culprit!

btw: I added you to my links on my blog.

kitsapFG said...

I hope the wet moves on soon for you and the garden can get down to some serious growing. In the meantime, things seem to be chugging along despite the wet conditions. Things are amazingly resilient in the garden it seems.

Love the dog in the bed... our cat does the same thing and I wake up with a crick in my back from laying in one position too long - "so as not to disturb the cat"! LOL!

Kristin said...

You made need fencing around your raised beds, not only to keep the dog out, but the kids too!

Your apples are so much farther along than mine. Though we're only about 10 miles away from each other, you must have better weather, or soil.

Stefaneener said...

Daphne, I actually bought berries today and ate a bunch while cleaning the kitchen.

Melissa H., I wonder if it will fade for any of them. They're big eaters. Thanks for linking.

kitsapFG, it's growing but so gray here. I thought Eric just wanted to be close to me this morning and realized then that he was being helped over by someone big. . .

Kristin, no kidding. They're all into boundary-pushing. Twerps. The front yard apples are tiny. It must just be the Annas.