My Daughter is Starting a Garden!

 I am delirious with joy!

 Finally, one of my children is interested in gardening.

My daughter Wendy.wendy

I wish I could say that she toddled around following me, watching and learning as I worked in my garden.

But I can’t.

Well, first of all, a few tomato and pepper plants in our teeny tiny Chicago flower beds was not exactly large scale gardening. It was more like stick ’em in the ground, water once in awhile, and harvest at the end of summer.  I didn’t know about heirlooms, organic gardening, composting or other such things.

That would come later.

Also she was more of a watch TV with gramma, play with Barbies, let’s go shopping type of gal, even from an early age.


She lives in a fancy burb of Chicago where manicured landscaping is more the norm,

burb house  but she also is concerned about the safety of the food she eats and feeds her family.

  She has always welcomed gifts of veggies, and now more recently, eggs from my garden, and shops when she can, for organic and local produce.

Time to take the next step because she has the ideal little garden helper to motivate her.



This spring they have taken the plunge and started seeds for a small backyard garden.  wengarden1


So far they have their sights set on tomatoes. peppers, carrots, and lettuce as well as a couple of blueberry bushes in containers and if the budget allows, a fruit tree.

And so it begins!

First it will be a small garden, then a larger and larger still.  Next comes composting, learning to can, moving from the back yard to just a teeny little bit in the front…… perhaps even petitioning the city to allow backyard chickens.  Yep, I see another urban farmer in the making!


I couldn’t be happier!

Happy Mothers’ Day to all you Mommies!  Do any of your children follow in your gardening footsteps?










1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Steven Criger
    May 11, 2014 @ 10:40:55

    what a cute girl…great blog as usual!!!!! good luck with your vegies wendy

    Liked by 1 person


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