Just a quick update to share my kid’s efforts. As well intentioned as Poppa may have been in giving the kids one planter to share, the true reality is that my 11-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son were never going to agree on a shared space! LOL!
So, my daughter got ownership of the large wooden planter and in it is growing her radishes, rock melons, watermelons, and flowers. She has her painted rocks in it and has decorated the main vegetable beds with the balance of her creative endeavours. Unfortunately, it was not big enough to accommodate the copious amounts of sunflowers and corn she wanted to grow so they have been given their own spot at the bottom of our property where there is quite a bit of room and sun for all.
I gave my son a large purple resin planter after planting out its contents into my flower beds and he was quite chuffed with it. My son is growing his favourite cherry tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries and he particularly likes that his pink flamingo “Fred” is keeping a watchful eye over his strawberries by slinging them over his neck up high in the sunshine to redden.
Granny has given each of my children butterfly nets as the dreaded white butterfly is now visiting our garden quite regularly. I must admit it was difficult to get the kids interested in anything in the garden other than their own planter boxes but as there is now a bounty on each butterfly head of fifty cents the motivation to head into the garden seems to have been strongly sparked!