Displaced Geek

Just a city geek and father coming to terms with being replanted in farm country

On small children in the garden…

Gabriella walking with shovel

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho It's off to work we go!


While I’ve been living out here I’ve discovered more than just gardening. I’ve discovered fatherhood. It goes without saying that as our daughter gets older, these two aspects of my life are overlapping more and more. This is, generally speaking, a good thing. It means she’ll grow up knowing that food comes from the ground, and not from a store. It means that whether she likes it or not, she won’t be afraid to get her hands dirty, and she’ll most likely have a healthy respect for the way the ecosystem works. But in order for that to happen, she has to be more than just a spectator to our gardening experience. So her mother and I have encouraged her to help as much as she is able; however given her age, the amount of help she can actually provide is greatly dwarfed by her excitement at getting dirty.

Gabriella waters a squash

Gabriella waters a squash

She seems to really enjoy weeding, but being too young to know the difference between a weed and a young vegetable plant, her assistance can prove disastrous if unchecked. She’s also proven quite adept at watering. While it’s not impossible to cause trouble by watering, it’s certainly less likely than her overzealous weeding. We recently bought her her own watering can shaped like her favorite animal du jour (which has changed already) an elephant. As a watering can it’s poorer than average, as a focus for all of her “helpful energy” it’s a ten.

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Written by Peter

June 14, 2011 at 1738

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