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I am a below knee amputee. More importantly, I am also Mommy to two boys, a very active 10 year old (Robby) and an mischievous toddler (Timmy). I have learned that being a parent with a disability can create some unusual and sometimes humorous situations. This blogger is available for hire! Let's talk and learn how a blog can expand your business.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

My Garden

It seems that every summer we embark on a building project. In reality, Scott and I do not possess the knowledge, the skills, or the tools to build with anything other than Legos. Thankfully, Mr. Bill always volunteers to assume the roles of chief engineer and foreman on each of my projects.

Two summers ago we built the tree house. Since its construction, Robby has spent countless hours in his little tree oasis, fighting off imaginary pirates, fishing for sharks and blasting into space. This past winter he discovered that by wetting the slide at night and allowing it to freeze, he could slide into the snowbank on ice, just like a penguin. He seemed to have a great time, but I have to admit that I wasn't terribly fond of landing face first into a snowbank.

Last year we built the pool stage. Although it broke under the weight of the pool, it was repaired and transformed into another deck. I'm toying with the idea of putting a screened gazebo on the platform, creating an outdoor living area where I can relax, write and remain bug bite free. However, those plans will have to be put on hold because Mr. Bill (along with his helper Robby) has already constructed this summer's project.

Robby loves going to pick-your-own produce farms, and I thought that he was at the perfect age to start a small garden. I had planned on buying a kit to create a raised garden when Mr. Bill offered to build me one. He promised that it would be better quality, cheaper and larger than the "prefabbed crap at Home Depot." It didn't take much convincing for me to take him up on his offer.

The lumber cost considerably more than the kit, but the garden is both larger and sturdier. Besides, if I had bought a kit, Robby wouldn't have been able to "help" Mr. Bill in the building process. Since he had a hand in the construction, he feels vested and proprietary about his garden. Besides using the drill, I think that shoveling the dirt out of Mr. Bill's pick-up truck was the highlight of the building process.

Robby now has a special farmer hat that he dons each time he checks on his garden. We planted peas, green beans, watermelons, tomatoes, potatoes and carrots. We were so excited when they all started sprouting. The happiness quickly deflated when we discovered that the garden had been invaded by cut worms, who had worked all night to behead our young new plants. The plans for an organic garden were quickly squashed as I drove to the store to find the strongest chemical deterrent possible.

Our chemically enhanced garden is growing quickly. I love Robby's enthusiasm as he diligently waters the plants and sings them songs each night. To my chagrin, Mr. Bill offered Robby a fun deer deterrent. Now each night before he is tucked into bed, my little gardener runs out to pee alongside the plot. Out of all of the work that has gone into the garden, including the entire building process and the utilization of power tools, I suspect that marking it each night ranks among Robby's favorites.

1 comment:

  1. These are great ideas to embark upon! I myself enjoy diy projects most recently I planted some Cherry Blossoms layered around my decks and patios. When they bloomed in late March I was very surprised at how beautiful they turned out! I will definitely continue planting more for next year!