Look what I have for you:
Here is our beautiful peach tree, sprung into blossom. I am blessed to be surrounded by an abundance of blossoms. You can see our ladies free ranging behind the tree. Under the tree, within the circle, is our strawberry patch. A bit of permaculture. The chickens and rabbit love strawberry leaves…
We have spent several sunny days in the backyard this week. River has been helping so much with the animals and gardening. More and more when I ask her to to do a small task she is saying yes instead of no.
Today we transplented all of our tomato plants! I was inspired by the giant tomato plants of my friend, and came home after a visit knowing it was time to transplant.
Here they are pre transplant:
And here they are post transplant:
Now they have room to grow. River was so helpful during the whole transplanting process. She filled pots with dirt, held the little plants and lowered them in, stuck the new tags in, and moved the pots back to their home under the light.
We had a moment that I felt really good about while transplanting. She tugged at a little tomato start without looseing the soil or waiting for me to life it. This happened to be the same tomato start she had torn out about a month ago and my husband had replanted. I felt upset at first, and explained to her that tugging on seedlings can rip their roots and make them not grow so well. Then, remembering that I had once heard it was more helpful to kids to SEE the effects of their actions on plants, I told her that this little tomato would be planted into her garden when the time came. I told her that now this little tomato (and it’s sister,who she had also ripped out) would be her responcibility from now on, that she would have to take care of them. She got excited and found her watering can and gave them water, then placed her stool in the seedling area so that she could get up whenever she wanted to check on her tomatoes. The attitude shift was amazing, and I believe that these little tomatoes have a great chance of making it, because I have seen her revive and tend plants that she pulled out in such a way. We picked swiss chard for months from plants she yanked up and I planted in her garden as a lesson. It was a lesson to myself as well.
These are our biggest seedlings started indoors. Today these marigolds, broccoli, celery and lettuces moved outdoors to the greenhouse. I hope to have them planted in the soil of the garden within a few weeks time.