Gardening with Tiny Hands

August 22, 2012

One of the favorite things that my kids like to do is pick the vegetables and fruit growing in the gardens.  Even though we had done a thorough harvest a couple days prior, they could not help but want to be involved.  I find that children are more likely to eat things that they have nurtured and watched grow.  How could I possibly say no?   So, out we went.

We pulled a bunch of beautiful onions.  The onions gave way from the soil very easily.  Even my five year old had no problem pulling them.  We placed them on some newspaper to dry out a bit before we use them.  Then the kids went on the ultimate scavenger hunt to find any remaining cherry tomatoes.  They did have some success.

When we went out to pick, I noticed that my daughter was toting the egg collecting basket from the chickens.  She asked me what kinds of eggs it could hold.  I told her lots of different kinds.  She filled it with eggplants.

With all the onions, eggplants and tomatoes that we have picked the last few days, I think that we are going to have to make some Ratatouille.  Last night, we had tomato pie.  It was delicious!

What are you picking and cooking from your gardens this week?

Photo Credit:  Tilly’s Nest


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9 thoughts on “Gardening with Tiny Hands”

  1. We just made a frittata (thanks to our girls providing the eggs) and added zucchini, yellow squash and tomatoes from the garden. With the cooler temps, we are once again getting green beans. Linda

    • Yum! We love frittatas! I will have to try adding the squash and zucchini next time. Love that you are having cooler temperatures. The chickens would welcome them as much as we would. We did plant some cold weather crops, they germinated in less than 2 days because of the heat! Thanks for stopping in!

  2. Hello from Australia! I discovered your blog a week ago and have been devouring it every evening. Just wonderful. I recently increased my brood to five and it's only increased my deep love for chicken keeping. Thank you so much for sharing Tilly and your girls!

    • Awww….you are so sweet! I am so happy that you are enjoying the blog. I really enjoy writing it and its comments like yours that make it all worth it. Thanks so much.

  3. Hello tillys nest! I am keeping up with you every day(or at least I try to) I have an RIR, ameraucana, orpington and a sussex! My chickens have been eating all of the tomato leaves in our backyard, but luckily, we grew some out front! We have been getting some cherry tomatoes and some squash!


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