Eddie, Eddie, How Does Your Garden Grow?

This winter Eddie started dropping hints begging for a garden.  We live in Michigan and gardens are not a thing in December, which I explained to him while we watched the snow swirl around our windows.

As spring started to rear its pretty little head, Cortney and I finally told Eddie, that yes, we would try a small garden this year.  He got so excited about it and asked every five seconds when…when…WHEN???

Then, just over a month ago, my friend Alex started an ENTIRE SERIES on building a raised garden.  I heard angels sing. I had never heard of a raised garden before.  Growing up, my mom had a HUGE garden in our front yard (we lived in the woods, so “front yard” is a relative term), and that is the daunting image I had in my mind of what a garden would look like.

Alex set me straight REALLY quickly on that.

This garden seemed doable!  So when we saw Ace Hardware had the kits on sale for $30, Cort busted a move and got us one.

We chose a spot in the corner of our backyard.  First Cort used the string trimmer to lower the grass down to almost nothing, then he put together our 4×4 kit.

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Once that was down, he cut some of that fabricky stuff to keep the grass from growing up and to keep weeds out.  The boys “helped” with this.

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Then came the dirt.  Three bags full, to be precise. The boys were not happy that I wouldn’t just let them roll around in it. Go figure.

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That was enough for one day.  But later that week, when we had a break in the rain, Eddie and I decided to plant the seeds and plants we picked out.  Eddie informed me that he would stick his finger in the dirt to make a hole, put the seeds in, and then pat it over with dirt.  I was impressed that he knew what to do. His strategy of putting five zillion seeds into each hole is yet to be evaluated. I have my doubts, but he insisted, so I let him. It’s his learning experience, after all.

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Seeds went in first.  A row of squash, a row of beans, a row of peas, and a row of carrots.  All picked out by Eddie.  He also picked out tomato plants (for daddy, since none of the rest of us love tomatoes too much).  These required soaking them before planting them.  Eddie enjoyed the soaking part.  I did not.

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He dug the holes for the tomato plants too, and then “tucked them in”.  Please ignore everything about me in these pictures. Because obviously.

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Lastly, Cort put up a fence to keep all the fricking bunnies we have around here out of our garden.  Hear that, Peter Rabbit?  Don’t be leaving your coat in our garden!

Over the past week we have had MAJOR rains.  Thursday after I picked Eddie up from daycare, we decided to check out the garden.

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We were both excited to see that the tomato plants had gotten taller and we had SPROUTS!  Eddie talks about this garden NON-STOP.

He also helped me plant my first herb garden this year.  We put it in a big pot and placed it on our deck.  He pulled all the little name sticks out before I had a chance to know what the heck I was planting, so MYSTERY HERBS!  Although I know I have chives, basil, curly-leafed parsley, and cilantro in there.  And maybe oregano?  Not sure about the 6th one.

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Eddie talks about how he is so excited to be growing food.  It’s an amazing concept to him that he can grow stuff in our yard instead of having to get it at the grocery store or farmer’s market.  I’m excited for him and with him.

Gardens never ever appealed to me until Eddie’s enthusiasm for one showed up.  Now I get excited to check on those little sprouts too!

Do you garden?  What do you plant?


Other stuff…

Don’t forget about my Shabby Apple Giveaway. It’s open until Friday night, so get on that!

I read the novel, Lolita and I sort of liked it, so I wrote about it.

I also wrote about how Education Reform is not really reform so much as it’s BS.

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Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. I’ve ALWAYS wanted a vegetable and herb garden! Though I’ve never actually gotten my hands dirty before. Heh. I just like the idea of growing my own food. Just like Eddie.

  2. I really love this. It’s something I would like to do with Noah next year if we can. Some friends of ours planted a big garden this year (they live in a more rural area near us, and they had the land to do something much bigger), and we went and helped them plant a couple of times. At 2, Noah couldn’t do a whole lot, but he enjoyed sitting in my lap and dropping the seeds into the ground then patting the dirt on top of them.

    This is such a great project. I love seeing parents who care so much about letting their kids learn and grow and experience.

  3. I want a garden so bad. I cannot overcome my laziness so bad.

    • Giggling because I irked even myself with that last sentence, on top of not saying badly. But then. Psh. Iowncare.

  4. You are gonna love the fruits of your labor! We plant vertically here in the city, most of our tiny garden grows up a twine grid fixed to our garage. Super fun and super tasty….

  5. My now 11 year old is the gardener in our family. Several months back she asked for a raised garden for her birthday (which was yesterday). We were mean and didn’t give it to her. Kidding — we actually got her started on everything when she first started asking. Because FRESH ORGANIC VEGETABLES!

    We have cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, carrots, onions, and tons of herbs. (oh, and she also HAD to have flowers). She is entirely on her own. We bought her a book that she refers to often and gives us updates on what she’s learning —

    Pretty much every day we have to go look at something she’s excited about. It’s so incredibly awesome.

  6. Good for you! And look at how proud he is.

    I want a veggie garden.