When You Have a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail

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So now that we have our garden paradise, suddenly everywhere I look, people are talking about gardening and gardening with children.  Here’s a snippet of what I’ve recently run into:  Another blogger, liked by a friend on Facebook, whose postings are quite varied and I’ve enjoyed at The Gardener’s Eden.  I especially enjoyed a recent entry about homemade pizza with Arugula and Asparagus – the veggies which are now almost ready in the garden.  I’m amazed at how many of the other gardeners in our little community garden are growing asparagus!  It seems like quite a process – starting with digging a huge trench – one which I’ll save for a later year.  Then of course there’s Johnny’s Selected Seeds, the amazing place up in Maine which provides me with some of my more exotic and heirloom seeds.  I adore the teaching videos on their site – they were so helpful to me in these first phases of getting the garden going, and I’m finding myself constantly referring to the individual plant care and growth information in their printed catalogue. Then on BostonMamas.com, there was recently a nice commentary on the joys of gardening with children by Boston Mama Christine Koh.  I heartily agree with her suggestion to keep it simple, let the kids help choose what to plant, and don’t worry too much about seeds going this and that way, they’ll probably grow anyway!  She also gave out some great links to Real Simple’s ideas on having a small garden or even container gardening which we used to practice on our roof deck in Charlestown, overlooking the Boston Harbor and downtown.  Finally, the fine artist in me must mention a wonderful icon painter named David Clayton, who will be teaching a unique summer course called The Way of Beauty Atelier at Thomas More College, and recently had a post on gardening and how it relates to man’s relationship to God and nature.  So what are you waiting for?  Get out there and plant a seed!

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~ by Shelli on May 25, 2010.

2 Responses to “When You Have a Hammer, Everything Looks Like a Nail”

  1. You’ll be proud to know that our radishes, lettuce and beets are starting to come up! We’re watching the green beans and the carrots! 🙂

  2. Hey Xi, that’s great! Can’t wait to exchange produce 🙂

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