Skippy is almost 4 and I’m thinking its time he contributed a bit more to the gardening effort. Today, as I was raking winter debris from the backyard, I ended up with a lot of sticks. These are perfect for supporting pea vines and I wanted to collect them in a pile.
So I explained to Skippy: “Put the stick in the pile”. He understood the stick part and did great at coming to get the stick. Then he got confused – or had a better idea. He wrestled the stick, shook it, tossed it and then chewed it. Then I put it on the pile.
We kept at it though. And eventually Skippy did get a stick onto the pile. A half eaten and hardly useful stick, but a good accomplishment. We’ll keep at it. The challenge is good.
About those peas: this year I’m going to use sticks instead of string trellises. I’ll use the winter dead wood and also some pruned wood from my crab apple. I’m eying a lot of sucker wood on the crab apple that got away from me. It’ll be perfect pea supports soon.
I’m hoping to get the peas in soon. I just need to catch up on the clean up. Once I rake the garden, the soil is thawed and ready for planting. Maybe this weekend….