This year, my son and I decided to delve into large-scale gardening. Up from tomatoes, strawberries, and sugar snap peas from last year, we have added green beans, corn, carrots, potatoes, sunflowers, squash, watermelon, jalapenos, red peppers, greens, lettuces, blueberries, and raspberries.
Most of what we are growing we have sprouted from seeds, nurturing and watching them every single day. It has been an educational experience for my young son, and a healing one for me.
Life as a single mom, working to provide for my little family on my own, has been stressful, to say the least! My time is split between caring for and playing with my son and our two dogs, housework, cooking, working, grocery shopping, and paying the bills, leaving very little time for myself. A lover of nature, I yearned for more time outside, aside from playing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, fetch, or baseball :-)
So, my son and I started gardening. On one hand, it has added more "chores" to my day, but watering and caring for our plants has proven to be more therapeutic and relaxing than dutiful! And, these are chores my son loves to help me with:
I also used this experience as a teachable one, researching with my son both online and at our local library. We learned the importance of adding plants that would draw in pollinators, such as butterflies, bees, and birds. We also introduced lady bugs to help with our aphid outbreak!
Although my passion is capturing life's beauty in words, I decided to let pictures speak for me in today's Slice of Life...