Planting the Seed...


My boy has developed a new interest, which was initially germinated in school and then transplanted to the home environment.

It started with him 'transplanting' tree branches and flowers at break times, which then led to him being asked to join a new organic lunch-time gardening club. Clever school, they're so clever that they also roped me in!! I am very happy to help of course, even with my very green-less fingers!

The first real planting was 3 tomato seeds in a pot and this has been followed by more. Much more.



All this planting, germinating, transplanting etc; brought lots of childhood memories flooding back to me. Especially when he planted those damn tomatoes.

You see my dad, and his dad before him, were great growers of tomatoes and other vegetables, that they grew in greenhouses. Of sorts.

To clarify, we lived in a council house and had not much funds for expensive greenhouses, so my ingenious father, seriously ingenious, saw an innovative opportunity any time ANY of our neighbours were getting their windows replaced! You can guess the rest and it actually really worked.

He grew the most fabulous and tasty tomatoes but the greenhouse wasn't the only way that they were ripened. He used to wrap them in newspapers, when he plucked them green off the vine and he would put them in the hot press, in among all the clothes. You got more than a clean pair of knickers every time you went in there I can tell you! The tomatoes were also ripened by placing them on the windowsills, which varied depending on where the sun shone.

Silly me shared all of this, ALL of it, with my boy who found it both amusing and intriguing. I'd planted a seed of my own.

Within minutes he decided he was getting his own greenhouse....and that was final. Non negotiable.

So off he went and bought one, with his own money. I'm not a complete walk-over you know! With total insistence he put it all together himself....



He put all his plants into it...tomatoes, 2 different melons and a kiwi seed...don't ask! And also 3 trays of lettuce, carrots and beetroot! He has been watering them and minding them really well for all of last week. While they and the greenhouse somehow survived last Saturday morning's hail/thunderstorm and a nearby tornado they didn't survive heavy wind on Sunday night! Luckily it was just the trays that were left outside that night but they ended up in a total heap, all mixed up together.

I scraped up all the compost and in doing so I came across most of the lettuce seedlings and some beetroot ones. I reckoned as I'd previously saved a goldfish with CPR I could save some seedlings that didn't have any mouths. I mean, how hard could it be? So I just put them back in the trays and hoped for the best.

He was happy with that but it's not the same. They're not perfect, you see and he has to start again. Sigh. Which is fine by me, really, but we'll keep these ones too.

He minds them somewhat now and takes them in at night....and they take over the floor at the radiator,  the back door and my draining board! Deja vu all over again!




You can see that the lettuce seedlings are still going strong. The beetroot ones are also coming along but are so tiny that you can't see them here.

His tomato plants are doing amazingly well...



I'm so happy for him and happy to encourage his new found interest. I also look forward to eating his produce.

Just as long as I don't find any ripening tomatoes in my knicker drawer....

xx








22 comments:

  1. Loved this post Val :) Great to see your Boy has a new-found interest which will produce great results, it's in in his genes. He will make a great gardener :)

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  2. Wow a keen gardener in the making. In our new house I have a greenhouse and am gutted I have not had timeto go out andplant anything yet. Lastyear I managed chilli's, lettuces and tomotoes - I hope you boy enjoys eating what he has grown x

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  3. That is fantastic. A really worthwhile pastime for him. My own interest in gardening started from around that age too. It brings so much pleasure when you enjoy it.

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  4. @Colette: Thanks, glad you enjoyed. Yes, I'm delighted he's found a new interest that doesn't include screens or guns!

    @The Rambling Pages:It would seem so! That's such a pity uou didn't get to plant this year but moving house is hard enough and there's always next year. Chillis...wow, my boy would love to plant them!!

    @The mum of all trades: I do hope this interest is as long lasting with him as it was with you!

    Thank you for your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  5. Gardening has been shown to be extremely therapeutic. We frequently use it in therapy whenever possible. It has physical, emotional, and mental benefits. How wonderful is that?

    Thanks for visiting me. Your site is lovely!

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  6. What a shame it fell over, but how FANTASTIC about his new passion, it's wonderful and it sounds like it's in his blood! :)

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  7. This is just brilliant, it should be a really calming hobby for him and rewarding too. Dying to hear how the kiwi seed got on :) xx

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  8. Nothing like fresh tomatoes. We had that green house last year, believe it or not! I made Bill a BBQ house out it. So he could stand out in the rain & use his Barbie. But it disappeared like Dorothy in one of those wild winds.

    Tell Wii-Boy the Tomato solution I came up with was a tray on wheels, that I followed the sun with by pushing it up and down the deck.

    Love xx

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  9. @Bea, OT: It is indeed very therapeutic! Also great for responsibility skills and OT...especially putting it together himself ;-)
    Thanks for visiting and for taking the time to comment :-)

    @BavarianSojourn: We seemed to have overcome the blowing over and have moved it to hopefully safer place! It is a greta passion for him...I'm thrilled!

    @Blue Sky: yes, I think so too! Well, the melon and the water melon have started to sprout. Not too sure about the kiwi so he planted another one! Don't worry, I will report on any progress;-)

    @Hammie: Oh, good idea re: BBQ cover AND wheelie tray! Nothing like home grown tomatoes. I'm the only one who eats them in this house!

    Thanks for all your comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  10. I am a Mum of two boys(aged 9 and 7) with autism who love being outside,so I had a look 2 years ago to see what day opportunities were available in Ireland outside. A came across a few and decided to start my own last August--Annagh Care Farm.Adults with Autism and /or learning disabilities come and engage in horticulture activities in a supportive natural environment.We just joined www.carefarminguk.org Soon there will be an Ireland Org.But that web will give anyone interested an idea that a lot are out there getting involved in all things green and having fun. Enjoy the outdoors.Jennifer
    (Occupational Therapist)

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  11. @Jennifer:Thanks so much for sharing that with me. that is a fantastic idea of yours and I do hope it's successful. I too was starting to wonder what else was out there and was thinking along the lines of organised council plots? I've looked at the link you sent and it sounds great. PLEASE come back to me with the Ireland link and I'll share it here and on facebook etc both personally and through my iPads4autism_ie accounts. As it is I'll share this little tidbit!

    xx Jazzy

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  12. This brought back memories for me too, my Uncle used to have a massive greenhouse where all manner of exotic fruit and vegetables grew, we used to get the produce sent to our house, he was a very prolific homemade wine maker and I can still hear the demijohns popping in the hotpress full of dandylion and elderberry wine, my mother swore it was nectar of the gods! I also was told only recently by a OT in Sensational Kids that the therapies that are most successful with their kids are tasks that produce something and the kids can see it in a relatively short space of time, Gardening and cooking were the most beneficial ones so this is very good for Wii boy. Enjoy the fruits of his labour :-) xx

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  13. @Andra That OT advice makes sense, I think it is very good for him. Hope it's a fruitful venture or there will be wigs on the green! Great memories Andra, thanks for sharing. Pity you didn't get some wine making tips from him!

    xx Jazzy

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  14. Hi Jazzy: Xmasdolly here. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a nice comment. I'm now following you. Very nice to meet you. I love this Post. Your boy is very inquisitive and goes after what he wants. I like that. That's a shame his green house got blown down, but managing to save a few was neat. So you like music do you? I have a meme on Monday, which is called Monday's Music Moves Me. Tomorrow's theme is one hit wonders or your grandmother's favorite song. Every other week is a freebie and you can post what ever song you like. Why don't you stop by, and see if you'd like to join us. Sure hope you do, and thanks again! Have a wonderful day!

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  15. That is so incredible!!!! To be doing something passed down--I know you must be proud.

    xxoo--L

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  16. wow how incredible is that
    you have germinated ( :-) ) an idea in my head

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  17. I think this is brilliant. I'm going to start putting all my fruit anf vegetable seeds into plant pots and see what happens.

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  18. @Xmasdolly: Thanks for the invite to your Monday Music meme...obviously I missed it this week but hopefully I will get to join in another time :-)Thanks for visiting and commenting:-)

    @Lizbeth Cole: Yes, I am very proud! He dose need and asks for) encouragement to keep him on top of it) he is very proud of himself too, as he should be ;-)

    @Floortime Lite Mama: Good...I hope the seed grows to full extent ;-)

    @Midlife Singlemum: Go on....go for it! I'll bet you can grow way more exotic varieties over in Israel!

    Thanks so much for your comments. I'd thought my blog was floundering there for a bit...you've restored my faith. Thank you :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  19. Great post, Jazzy. I think it is awesome that your boy has such an interest in growing plants... love the greenhouse! I am trying very hard not to visualise ripening tomatoes in your knicker drawer, too funny!! :-D

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  20. How fab that he has such a great interest - and something that will pay off as you'll be able to eat the produce.
    xx
    p.s. LMAO about the knickers!

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  21. Fantastic post; its so lovely to read that this interest is being passed down the generations. We're a bit of a gardening family as well and all of my children have had a go but nothing like your son's enthusiasm. Deb xx

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  22. @Di: hehehe...disturbing image, right?!

    @Heather Lucas: And he's still interested in his plants a whole 2 weeks later!

    @Deb at aspie in the family: Well, let's hope it lasts!

    Thanks so much for all your comments. Sorry for the delay in visiting your blogs but I've been away on a holiday ;-)

    xx Jazzy

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