My daughter, at four and a half years old, is really coming into a fun and interactive age for doing things outside. She helped me dig out some compost, fill the garden with it, soil, vermiculite and peat moss, plant the heirloom tomato and pepper plants we hope to grow and then she watered them. She also helped catch, slightly mangle and release a couple handfuls of earthworms and pill bugs.
We had a blast. She's promised to help me water the plants each morning before work and school.
Also, we finally got around to buying a tandem bicycle trailer. Unlike the two wheeled cart version we picked up on Craigslist last year, this one gives Gwen a little more sense of balance and involvement. She gets to peddle along with me and feel what it's like to lean into a turn. The smile from ear to ear tells it all. I think it's going to open up a lot of outside fun for our family this spring, summer and fall. Especially since we live maybe ten minutes ride from the Galloway Creek Greenway and fifteen minutes from the South Creek Greenway.
The old cart trailer, with its weathered canvas and webbing, needs an overhaul. I'm planning to strip it down and build a crate box on it for heading to the Farmer's Markets on the weekends.