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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

This is Why We Garden



Meet Baylee..... our 19 month old granddaughter. She really loves the goats and eating tomatoes fresh out of the garden. Not a big fan of the chickens.

This summer's garden season has nearly killed us. We built a huge new garden and quite possibly took on a little more than we bargained for. Don't tell my husband I just admitted that a little. He would smirk. But towards the end, when all I do is can and water and can and mow, I often ask myself why exactly we do what we do. Well, here is the epitome of why. You have to love being able to hand a child a fresh tomato, rub the dirt off and tell them to have at it. And they do, because it tastes good. And it's sun warmed and yummy. And shhhhhh...... it's good for them too. Can't say that one too loudly.




Doyle grew what he hoped would be giant pumpkins. They turned out pretty well, not quite as giant as he would have liked but they are still huge to little people. There are three on the vine and they are about to go to their homes on a porch to be carved for that spooky holiday coming up. Baylee has hers all picked out.

25 comments:

  1. Baylee is adorable! I agree, grand children are part of the reason we garden. To be able to share the goodness and flavor of fresh produce and teach them where it all comes from is a gift we give.

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  2. Hopefully next season will be a bit more relaxing, Heather, but I doubt it! Spring enthusiasm has a lot to answer for! Lovely pictures of a sweet granddaughter.

    Best wishes Sylvia (England)

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  3. Heather,
    She is so cute! and it looks like she really enjoys the fruits of your labor. What a blessing to be able to share your love of plants with her. I remember my grandma's garden and all the tulips and veggies they grew. You are making good memories.
    Rosey

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  4. Good Morning: Grand children are great, Baylee is lucky to have you as grand parents.

    Have a wonderfull day,
    John

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  5. Baylee is just adorable - a cutie she is. Nothing like those grandbabies. It is so nice to pick from the garden and eat right then and there. That is one huge pumpkin. Do you enter the pumpkins in contests.

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  6. Lucky Baylee to have gardening grandparents to learn from and also to eat a tomato and pick a pumpkin straight from the garden. She's adorable.

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  7. Just trying to get a gravatar to work

    John

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  8. Heather: Last try. please delete these comments

    John

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  9. I'm glad your little one liked the tomato! My 1-year old took one bite and spit it down her front. Eeew. I shouldn't be surprised, I'm not a fan of fresh tomatoes either (shhh, don't tell, people will think I'm weird). Good luck keeping up with all the fall cleanup.

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  10. I still can't believe you are old enough to have a granddaughter! She's precious, though.

    Totally impressed with your pumpkins!!!!

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  11. Sweet! I didn't enjoy raw tomatoes until I was 22. . . she's ahead of the curve, as is one of mine (only 25% -- what happened?). I'm waiting for the gardening bug to strike the rest of them. Not yet. . . enjoy, enjoy. She's a lucky little girl.

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  12. Hi Heather~~ My gosh what a little cherub. Baylee's smile is absolutely priceless. I can imagine how gratifying it is to see her tromp around and enjoy nature uninhibited. And how gratifying it is to view your pantry shelves. Maybe with the cooler weather you can put your feet up for a spell. :]

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  13. What a wonderful reason to garden!!

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  14. Heather, I totally agree with you. I absolutely melted yesterday when my boy told me that my potatoes were great! Your daughter, oh, I'm sorry, granddaughter, is the cutest tomato eater!

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  15. Your granddaughter is adorable! I love having our granddaughter over to putz in the garden with. Children see things with great awe and help me re-explore the garden with new eyes. Those pictures are beautiful and she will LOVE carving those pumpkins!

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  16. Heather what a sweet post... I love your farm and look forward to strolling through your posts. Your granddaughter is adorable. It is so great for to be around gardens and animals to understand where their food comes from. Carol

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  17. Perfect reason to garden ~ Do you think Miss Baylee would share that tomato .. it sure looks good.. She's beautiful. hugs, Cherry

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  18. It must make all the work worth it to be able to enjoy fresh veggies right out of the garden. You did a lot of work this summer with building a chicken house and giant vegetable gardens.
    She looks so cute next to the pumpkin.

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  19. That is so very precious and you are correct--it's why we garden. She is the prettiest pick on the farm.

    You've done the best job of gardening this season. I just can't believe all you've accomplished--and with so much style!

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  20. I'll join the chorus--I can't believe you're a grandmother! And Baylee is too cute! Delightful post on the importance of all your efforts.

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  21. It's true. The reasons we garden are so much more than just to get food. I am enjoying your blog.

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  22. Waht a delight ful granddaughter, what a lovely post and yes it is so worth it all.

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  23. This does make all the hard work worth it! She is so precious! -Jackie

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  24. What a cutie! She must have had fun walking the rows and searching for food to eat. The pumpkin looks great too! :)

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Thank you for your ideas, suggestions or greetings. I love to hear from you and read them all.
-Heather

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