Annabel has been three for a couple of months now, and I’ve slowly been introducing her to doing chores. Most are very basic things that I want her to do automatically – put her shoes away, pick up her toys, hang up her one million dress-up items. And then there are a few things that she will eventually have on her list of responsibilities that luckily, she enjoys – like cleaning the mirrors and windows and watering the plants. This plant watering thing was a recent discovery but I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.
I have a black thumb. I love having plants and flowers, but I never, EVER remember to take care of them. Ninety five percent of our outside landscape is on a sprinkler system, which allows us to have a beautiful yard with zero effort from me. But we do have a few potted items that need to be watered by hand. You’d think I’d remember to water them since I look at/walk past them every single day, but no. My brain is a black hole. Annabel’s, however, is not. She saw me watering the plants in our kitchen window (an extremely rare occurrence) and asked me what I was doing. When I explained it to her, she wanted in on it. Since then, she’s reminded me every other day that the plants need watering. My plants look AWESOME now.
Now she says things to me like, “Mama, did you know plants need water to grow, just like I need food?!”
It makes me remember a time in my life where my thumb was green…or at least, more of a brown color. We had a small garden in my backyard when I was a kid. I think we had strawberries and maybe carrots, too. I have very little memory of actually caring for the plants, but it was so long ago that I will just pretend I was a little more on-the-ball as a child. Although if I’m being realistic, the odds are high that my grandma actually watered and tended the garden.
I’d like to take advantage of Annabel’s interest in flowers and plants by planting a little fruit or vegetable garden just for her, but I have no idea where to start. So green-thumb readers out there, I would love some helpful advice on how to grow Annabel’s garden…and also some helpful reminders to water it.