We decided to have a home day on Bank Holiday Monday, we’d had a busy day on Sunday at Polesden Lacey (more on that soon) and Monkey had a swimming lesson in the afternoon. The sun was out, it was a perfect excuse to do some gardening with Monkey. We press ganged Daddy P into sorting out our veg patch for us. A bit of brut force was needed to get rid of some rather stubborn roots.
Then Monkey could begin. This year we are only growing what Monkey has decided to grow. He’s picked things that he loves to eat, and was so excited to get started. I don’t remember being this excited as a child in the garden. But then I don’t think my brother and I were given any free rein on the planting side of things. I do remember digging up potatoes and picking raspberries and gooseberries and the like. But no involvement in the beginning, the start of the process. Gardening with Monkey is all about teaching him to be patient, to be gentle, teaching him where food comes from.
Teaching him to listen and follow instructions – hard lessons for him to learn! We may not have thinly scattered seeds, they may not have totally ended up in the right rows. But they are his rows, it’s his little bit of the garden.
Gardening with Monkey is really good fun. He wants to learn and understand. He even wants to water the seeds in.
But actually for me, the nicest thing about Monday, gardening with Monkey, was when I wasn’t involved. I sat back and watched Monkey and Daddy P planting some new flowers. Monkey decided where he wanted each plant to go, and then the two of them set to work.
With each month that passes I see how desperate Monkey is to grab every possible minute with his Daddy. Sundays are by far his favourite day of the week normally. A Bank Holiday Monday means Daddy bonus day, a rare treat for a 4 year old boy. Daddy P comes from a long line of greengrocers and florists. I sat back and watched and wondered. Were there eyes looking down from above and smiling at the next generation? Something in the genes perhaps? Who knows, but gardening with Monkey on Monday was a magical moment.