ATP Podcast #99: Getting Gardening Done with Little Children

By dave
October 30, 2015

We are frequently asked, "How do we get it all done and have so many little children to care for?" In today's podcast, Trish and Dave share their thoughts on how to find time to garden when you have the constant time demands that babies or toddlers bring.

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Oct 30, 2015 3:49 AM CST
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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Region: Canadian Enjoys or suffers cold winters Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
What a rich learning environment for your children!
You two, are excellent parents, and excellent teachers.
All seven of your children will be successful in life!
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Oct 30, 2015 7:13 AM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Region: Ukraine Region: Florida Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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Although my husband and I were never blessed with children, I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast and hearing about how you are raising your youngsters. You and Dave are wonderful parents and very smart with your teaching methods. Your children are learning patience and perseverance from a young age which will take them far in life! Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up

I know each and every time I say "This is my favorite podcast yet!" but they are all very informative and so much fun ... looking forward to Podcast #100!

Thank you Whitinger's for the little peek into your family life! Lovey dubby
~ I'm an old gal who still loves playing in the dirt!
~ Playing in the dirt is my therapy ... and I'm in therapy a lot!


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Oct 31, 2015 3:52 AM CST
Name: John
St.Osyth Nr Clacton on Sea. E
Region: United Kingdom Hybridizer Garden Ideas: Master Level Ferns Butterflies Salvias
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I think it's one of the best things you can do, to bring your children up in a gardening environment. I learnt from my Paternal Grandfather just after the war. I think he did it to take my mind off the devastation around me in the east end of London. It worked, and I involved my children in my garden. They are all now into gardening, and I am pleased to say that a lot of my Grandchildren seem to be heading that way. You two are doing a wonderful job. You will reap the rewards. Keep up the good work. I tip my hat to you. I tip my hat to you.
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Oct 31, 2015 7:15 AM CST
Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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I really enjoyed this. My grandgirls are in the yard with me all the time. Hoping my grandsons follow along too. I didn't know my paternal granddad but wish I had, records say he was an avid rose gardener and chicken and bird keeper. Definitely runs in the family nodding
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
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Nov 2, 2015 8:20 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Forum moderator Region: United States of America
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Trish, it's too bad you don't have time to write a book called "Gardening with Babies" - It would be a best seller.

We had two December babies so by the following summer, they weren't walking but sitting up well. I had an old galvanized tub my mother used from her wringer washer. If it was hot enough, I would put the tub near where I was working and put some water in it with cups and spoons and they would play in there for what seemed like hours. I'm sure it wasn't that long but it entertained them for a good long while.
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Nov 2, 2015 9:34 AM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
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I think it would be a pretty short book Green Grin!

Your example is perfect, Vic! Do what you gotta do with what you have right then! I love it Thumbs up
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and do-er of many fun things.
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Nov 2, 2015 11:35 AM CST
Name: Misti
Farrrr NW Houston (Zone 9a)
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Region: Texas
Thanks for sharing! I know I was one that asked recently.

It has definitely been a struggle. I should show a photo of our vegetable garden this summer...we were raising weeds! Somewhere in there we had volunteer sweet potatoes, an eggplant, ginormous/overripe cukes, and peppers that we had planted with good intentions in late spring. I couldn't keep up with it and the hub started an indoor project that left his focus elsewhere.

We did what we could and spent about four hours over two weekends cleaning it up back in September. Now we are refocused for winter gardening. I did bring the playpen out which kept the 1 year old busy for a little awhile, but yes, i did have to refocus and go in with him.

I love my Ergo but have never been able to keep the kid happy in it while bending down. It has worked great for hiking, not so much for gardening.

Thank you so much for doing this podcast! I look forward to the time when everything he sees isn't 'food' so he can play in the dirt while we pull weeds or whatnot.

It is just good to know that I'm not alone!
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Nov 2, 2015 1:14 PM CST
Garden.org Admin
Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
Composter Canning and food preservation Hosted a Not-A-Raffle-Raffle Organic Gardener Forum moderator Hummingbirder
I hear you- when I really understood that no one was actually 100% put together and we were all struggling in the trenches together- that was a lot of freedom for me!

There's no getting around that it is a tough "season" at that age!
Next year will be totally different than this year was, and hopefully a few tips will work for you.

The short work bursts with lots of refocusing is huge, and I bet water will keep him very entertained next year!

Hang in there, Momma! Lovey dubby
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and do-er of many fun things.
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