Did I mention how rotten I am at gardening? To add insult to injury is the price of garden plants. Some vegetables I can plant from seed, like lettuce, spinach, squash, and beans. Others I really need to just transplant garden plants–like broccoli, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes (I use the Dan Quale spelling just to be stubborn.) Now I know that theoretically you can plant all these from seed directly in the garden, but I don’t want to. I guess I’m not patient enough.
So this spring, the kids and I are planting a large variety of garden vegetables, kitchen herbs, and a few perennial flowers from seed to transplant later. Actually, the plan is to plant what we need and sell the rest. The entrepeneurial side to this idea really excites my husband. We tried this once before, but ended up frying the little seedlings under a tent made of vis-queen meant to keep them from freezing.
So everyone has a role to play. I let Anna plant a few seeds for fine motor practice, but this wears her out pretty fast, so this is mostly the boys’ job. Anna’s job is to give the thirsty seeds a drink by spritzing them with a spray bottle.
When Anna and I went over to the new addition to water the seeds today, we found that the Thyme seeds had begun to sprout. (These are the first ones to do so.) Anna was so excited, she practically squealed “Sprouts!!” I asked her to remember the sprouts so she could report back to her brothers and that they were thyme sprouts. On the way back, she asked “When they get bigger, will they grow clocks and watches?”
“No honey, that’s a different kind of time. This kind is a kitchen herb that I use to make pizza sauce and bean soup.”
Now I gotta tell you that I thought the amount of things we’re not getting done this year would bother my overachieving self a lot more than it has. Somehow, walking home from spritzing seedlings hand-in-hand with my daughter talking about thyme felt really good in a deep part of my soul. (Due in no small part to all your encouragement, Dawn~thank you!) It takes day by day faith and it’s not exactly ground I’m comfortable walking, but it feels right in a way that I never expected.