seedlings and children

A couple of weeks ago I planted tomato seeds.  This is the first year I have attempted starting any seeds inside - well, not exactly, but that is a story for another day!  They all seem to be doing well.  I found that if I kept the seed trays right above my dishwasher, I didn't need to have a seed warming mat.  The dishwasher (which runs constantly in our house) warms the counter top enough to help the seeds sprout!


Unfortunately, as I soon realized, my youngest really thinks seedlings are beautiful.  So beautiful, in fact, that he continues to pick them and bring them to me as little bouquets.  Those poor seedlings that were doing so well, to be plucked from their little tray and brought to me.  At the same time, how incredibly sweet of my 2 1/2 year old to think to bring me some "pretty plants."


I still have several seedlings, and I plan to transplant them to larger pots so that they can get their true first leaves, but I haven't gotten to that yet.  My sweet peppers and jalapenos are also sprouting - although those took much longer than I expected.  What is left of the spinach seems to be doing ok as well.  I had hoped to really get a head start on the greens, but again, two year olds and seedlings don't necessarily mix :-)


Emma is mainly concerned with getting the peas planted.  She asks me every day, even though we still have snow on the garden (which will hopefully be gone this week!).  The coral shell peas from Fedco are by far her favorite thing to grow.  And I can't complain with my girl eating all those fresh peas, her uncle and I were the same way when we were little!

What is going on in your garden?  Were you hit by this latest snow storm?

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  1. I think it's adorable that your little guy is picking bouquets for you - hopefully the weather will be nice enough soon that he can pick the FLOWERS outside and not the seedlings that Mama is so tirelessly growing! :) Not long now!

  2. We got 5 inches. Hopefully my garlic (which is already up) and rhubarb will fare okay. And the seeds I put in 2 weeks ago too.

    Hope your tomatoes will grow well for you!

  3. It's cute that he is picking bouquets for you, but I can see how frustrating it must be! I love the tip about keeping them by your dishwasher. Genius! We need to get our seeds started soon. We planted some lettuce and chard seeds 2 weeks ago but nothing is happening. We had some really hard rains and wind so I think they blew the seeds all away :(

  4. :) Luckily my 2 yr old only likes to water the seedlings. But with a water bottle on mist, there isn't much damage she can do. If the tomato seedling still have a lot of stem on them you can stick them back in the soil and keep them wet and they might root again...

  5. Reminds me of the summer when my daughter, then 2, brought me a bunch of "apples" from the garden. They were unripened tomatoes. We were hard pressed to beat her to the garden that summer! lol

  6. Isn't this exciting? So glad you are starting your seeds and the kids get to experience it too...awesome!

  7. my daughter is almost 3 and thank goodness she seems to finally get that the seedlings are future food and not for grabbing (last year was another story!). THIS year however I got her to help me seed and I've ended up with 5 tomato seeds in one pot and none in others.. ah children :)

  8. Aww! That is precious, a story to be remembered and told over and over agin through the years! Good luck, your seedlings look great!

  9. Haha how cute! Glad to see the starts. I was trying to decide today whether or not to start thinking about the garden. Until I figure out whether or not I'll be here this summer, I'm not really wanting to invest any energy into it.... :(

  10. Reminds me of the summer when my daughter, then brought me a bunch of "Apple" from the garden. They unripe tomatoes. Hard to beat her garden, summer! LOL

  11. Love this........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick


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