Planting for Health & Fun with the Family
|It was all play for my kids!|
Like most of Asian families, planting veggies in the backyard is a norm. Yes, even here in the Chicago’s cemented backyards. You’ll find makeshift pots (soy sauce buckets, cans, etc...) with the biggest winter melons growing in our Chinatown community. Truly amazing.
Ok, I’ve never ever tried planting before so I could not even tell what color thumb I have (haha). But I did grow up with my Dad planting our own vegetables (does that matter?) like tomatoes, eggplants, bittermelons, and okras (a true "Ilocano pinakbet" plantation - for those Filipinos just like my Dad). He also had onions, cassava roots, beans, mustard greens, more Asian melons, etc…I remember hating it when my dad would make us go out and water or harvest veggies. Maybe because we were never part of the planting process so we didn't value it as much as we should've. Now, looking back…WOW! I want to do the same with my kids too. This time, they'll be involved with it from the beginning. We shall see how they react to the chores later on.
|The boys really got into it|
When we got home and after reading online, I realized I needed more pots. And so off we went again and this time with all 3 kids in tow. The kids enjoyed every minute of the planting and they are so excited to see them grow. I just hope they will be eating them too.