My name is Kat, and I’m in Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada.
These photographs are about gardening with our children. We live in an agricultural community, and there are lots of opportunities for children to learn about growing things, to experience the natural world, and to get properly dirty.
Both kids brought home sunflower seedlings from school, which we planted by the swing set.
The sunflowers clearly did well, turning into giants, with marigolds growing at their feet.
We grew scarlet runner beans that turned into magical purple jewels.
And we made a mud pit alongside the sunflower garden, which was a highlight of the summer in the backyard.
The kids spend a lot of time with me maintaining the garden throughout the growing season. A proud parenting moment was when my oldest daughter told my mom not to water the garden with the sprinkler they were playing in. She knew that wet leaves would lead to powdery mildew!
Our children have many nature role models in our community, all incredibly giving of their time and enthusiasm: our lovely neighbor who is a green blogger and a talented woodland guide; a nearby saffron farmer who brought his hatching monarchs to their kids’ club, perfectly timed for a new butterfly to appear; our friend who gardens up a wild hill and gave us fresh pawpaw seeds for our yard; the local gardeners who opened their award-winning peony garden at a heritage schoolhouse and let our girls lie down and breathe in the fragrant thyme that carpeted their pathway as though that was a completely normal thing to do on a garden tour; the outdoor educator who demystified ticks and introduced the girls to geocaching; the volunteers who run our fall fair and give the girls a chance to show off what they’ve grown and foraged; their teacher who put a bird feeder outside the kindergarten window and attracted a flock of wild turkeys to the playground equipment. (I wish I had a picture of that to share.)
One of the things I like best about gardening is how warm earth feels and smells, and it is really a joy to find different ways to share those same sensory experiences with our kids, in our backyard, and in our community.
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