My youngest son came home from school one day last spring clutching a tiny cucumber plant in a Dixie cup. His only words were “Don’t let this die Mom. It’s very special. I grew it.”
No pressure! I transferred the plant to a larger pot and watered it diligently for a couple weeks. I knew that I needed to get that poor little plant outside pronto for it to really thrive, but our yard was still a giant mud pit after our big remodeling project last summer.
So I hurriedly created a little bed in a spot that gets some good sun and I tucked that little cucumber plant into the ground. I threw in a couple tomato plants and some basil and called it a garden.
Now that tiny plant is possibly the most productive cucumber plant on the planet! My son has harvested at least a dozen cucumbers already with many more to come.
I’m looking forward to a more elaborate vegetable garden next year but I love that this very special cucumber plant was the catalyst for our tiny garden in a year that we otherwise wouldn’t have had one.
Do you have a vegetable garden? Do your kids help harvest what you grow?