Thursday, February 16, 2012

A Little Bit of Earth

Last year, Kat and I enjoyed the fruits and vegetables that came from our first garden in our new home. We went through the trials and errors of proper watering schedules, organic pest control, and soil acidity. Some of our plants were very fruitful while others were not, and we ate and learned our way through our first big garden project.

This year, I was struck by inspiration while reading a bedtime story to Kat. We had been reading "The Secret Garden" by Francis Hodgson Burnett, and Kat loved the idea of a special place the children could call their own while they played outside in their own beautiful garden. When we got to the part of the story where Mary asks Archibald Craven if she may have "a bit of Earth", it struck me that my daughter might very well wish to have her own special place, too. Of course, she loved this idea, and we spent the rest of the night talking about what plants Kat might want to grow in her very own garden.