Gardening with children can be a wonderful thing. Their enthusiasm is catching, as is their curiosity: you want to see your garden differently? Get on your knees and turn over leaves and rocks with a two year old. Our girl is growing up in these gardens and it is a fun thing to watch. And, even better, her help becomes more and more useful with time.
She’s admired the strings of dried peppers hung in the pantry for a couple of years now. I pull what I need, grinding it or merely flaking it into a dish. When the new peppers were tiny flowering plants this spring, she asked if she could string them when the time came. Well, the time was this Sunday, when the peppers were quite ripe. And quite ably, she strung three two-foot long strings for the pantry.
I sure hope she’s still willing to help at 14.