I've been doing some garden planning, reading, and catching up on my garden notebook (which is where I track what and when I plant, sketch ideas, and tape in empty seed packets and plant markers).
The books are all ones I refer to each year and are some of my favorite gardening books:
- Trowel and Error by Sharon Lovejoy
- The Way We Garden Now by Katherine Whiteside
- The Small-Budget Gardener (new!) by Maureen Gilmer
- Tough Plants for Southern Gardens by Felder Rushing
This is all while being distracted by kiddo number 2, here. She's a cutie pie and pretty easygoing, but still I'm having trouble getting stuff done.
My goal most days is to spend as much time in the garden as possible. But this doesn't end up being very much time. For one thing I'm struggling with finding time for gardening while keeping Daphne happy.
I thought it would be so easy -- that I could garden with her in the sling or put her in her baby swing or just set her down on a blanket. But it's not working out that way. I get about 5 minutes of gardening before she's fussy, or I keep watching her to make sure she's not choking on grass or dandelion heads or something. So I end up waiting until Harry gets home and trying to cram half an hour of time in the garden before dinner.
So I'm wondering, do you have any tips for gardening with a baby? Also, I'd love to hear about your favorite gardening books and blogs (to read in all my spare time!).