A Year of Trying to be a Better Mom

Day 2 (1441-2880m): Planting Seeds April 20, 2010

Filed under: planting — Erin Brambilla @ 9:45 pm
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It’s springtime! And the weather is (mostly) nice these days. Earth Day is coming up, so it’s a great time to plant something green. Or yellowy-orange, as the case may be. All morning while we ate breakfast, took a bath, played with toys, etc. I tried to talk about seeds. How we put dirt in a container, put a seed in the dirt and with lots of love, water and sunshine that seed would grow into a flower. I told him that after we ate our lunch, we could plant some seeds to grow his very own flower.

The “official” tutorial can be found on this website. This was actually something I knew how to do, but thought I’d include some instructions.

First things first, eat a healthy lunch. You’ve got some hard work to do.


Yummy Banana

Next, the supplies:


Supplies for the project

Some potting soil (Zach didn’t need a 40 lb. bag for this project, mommy has her own potting projects to take care of over the weekend), an empty carton of some kind, paper, crayons, scissors, a glue stick, and seeds of your choice. I also figured we’d want some tools for handling the soil. A shovel made sense. Though as you’ll see, that part is up for discussion!

It is important to wash out the container of choice and let it dry completely. I’m not sure Marigolds enjoy heavy whipping cream.

Next, Zach colored the pieces of paper. He did this while alternating turns of trying to toss the crayons over the side of the deck, eating them (yes, he still does this) and taking bites of Mommy’s apple that he stole. Some scribbles did manage to get put on paper.

Coloring with one hand. Eating mommy's apple that he stole with the other. What a multi-tasker.

Mommy helped him trace the letters of his name

While he was busy coloring, I got the container cut to size. About 4 or 5 inches high will do.

Mommy did the cutting, Zach is a bit too small to handle sharp scissors

Now, the fun part. This is where I have been declared (at least for today) the BEST MOM EVER! The playing in the dirt part. Dump trucks optional (but oh so fun). Somehow, no matter what the method is, as long as the dirt gets into the container, that’s all that matters.  Zach decided a dump truck, a front loader and a shovel were necessary for this task.

First, you scoop the dirt from your dump truck

Then you put it in the front loader

Finally, the front loader dumps the dirt into your container

Now, the hard part. I had to convince him not to dump the dirt back out so we could plant the seeds. To accomplish that I had to promise he could play with more dirt later. Then we poked a hole in the soil, planted the seed and covered it again.

Marigold seeds

Poke a hole in the dirt & insert seed

"Hey...what's in there?"

Then I cut the pictures he colored to fit the sides of the container and glued them on. Zach, as I promised him, was given more dirt to play with. I also poked some holes in the bottom of the container to help drain excess water. I did make Zach come help me water his seed though.

The finished planter


All that hard work deserved an award, of course. So Zach got to each a cupcake from yesterday! Yum!


What did Zach learn today? He learned some biology–that seeds make flowers grow (with the help of dirt, water, sunshine and love). He learned some shapes, colors and letters of his name as we drew the art for the sides of the planter (well, at least we talked about these things, he’ll have it learned eventually!).

What did Mommy learn? That no matter what, dirt in dump trucks is way more fun than anything I have to say. And that’s OK. And also, you need more than a few baby wipes to clean potting soil off your hands :).

What did the twins do during this time (I know you are all wondering)? Sleep, of course! Nap time while soaking up some Vitamin D!

Isaac sleeping al fresco

Emily sleeping


3 Responses to “Day 2 (1441-2880m): Planting Seeds”

  1. Stacy Says:

    I love it! Love the blog. And it looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

  2. Patrick Says:

    I am so jealous. I want a dump truck and a front loader! I also want Isaac’s hat. That is awesome.

  3. Jeneva Says:

    Love it! I will definitely do this, I just need to find a flower that will survive with little sunshine.

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