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Garden Party

It’s more like February outside, with the snow, sleet, and whatever other frozen thing Mother Nature can concoct, but at my house, we’re still holding out hope that spring will arrive soon. As such, we are preparing for our garden.

I’ve had a garden in years past, if it could be called that. Let’s just say I’ve had limited success. This year, however, I want to give it an honest try, which will involve protecting my young succulant plants from the burgeoning vole and bunny population.

Last year, I tried to start some watermelon seeds directly in the soil. I started them too late, and I planted them in improper soil. As you can guess, they didn’t fare well. So this year, I’m doing it right (hopefully) and sprouting my seeds indoors.

This entire venture is a learning process. For instance, I’ve already learned that peas sprout very quickly (as in one day, believe it or not) and they have very vigorous roots. The pellets I started them in appeared to be inadequate for the plants’ root systems, so I made the most of my soggy Sunday afternoon and took a trip to Menards for proper containers.

As you can see in the video below, I have a helpful assistant gardener. My middle child is excited about planting seeds, and eager to help. I put him to work, of course, and he enjoyed it. At one point while we were planting, he said (out of the blue) “I’m happy.” 🙂 What more could a mother wish for?

I hope you enjoy the video, and please share your comments below!

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About the Author

Jessica E. Thomas graduated summa cum laude with Academic Honors in Writing from Ball State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in English and a Minor in Creative Writing. She began her professional career in marketing at a large Indianapolis law firm. Since transitioning to Information Technology in 2001, she has worked in the pharmaceutical, student loan, and finance industries as a computer programmer, systems analyst, Web developer, and technical writer. She has authored two novels, three novellas, a poetry collection, a short story collection, and a children’s book.