My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

Life is a lot like a garden

My Garden ~ grandson, potatoes, peas and strawberries


Grandson and I inspect Daddy’s new raised garden beds each morning. The Sugarsnap peas have sprouted well but not growing fast enough for this toddler. He’s at the stage he won’t eat cooked vegies. His busy hands and love of picking things have been turned to advantage. He can pick edibles from the garden – now he’ll devour fresh peas – partly it’s the fun of opening the pod. Surprisingly he’s taken to picking and munching my green and butter beans. But then, why not eaten raw – they taste wonderful when fresh. At least he’s getting his vitamins and minerals naturally. At the potato patch we lifted the hay to check out the baby potatoes. There was much excitement as he found  the Red Rascal new potatoes….baby…baby…

Red Rascal potato plants Red Rascal  potato plant

Babies are very much on his mind as he has a 5-week old sibling. He’ll be able to have a colourful choice of steamed new blue Urenika ( a Maori potato) and  the red potatoes on his plate. No guarantees that he’ll eat them at this stage but we keep offering. At least he’ll have the fun of harvesting and learn where his food comes from. As usual, our garden walk ends in the strawberry patch. As every toddler knows, we just have to quality taste test those strawberries.


Author: Jenny

My garden is where I lose myself, or as Himself likes to tell others, I lose either my coffee mug or wine glass. Well at least I put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. As I see it, we are here on this place to respect and to preserve nature, not to develop the land. I love how the totara trees stand in silent witness to our human activity. They keep me honest. I love to wander along the stream bank. I like being able to grow fruit and vegetables. I enjoy green open space. My son challenged me to write a blog using my garden diaries to start. Writing a blog is quite different to my diary scribblings. It is for a different audience. In every post, I have to make a conscious effort to get free of an academic style of writing. I write about things I know and do in my everyday life. I am not a photographer but the images I use are taken by me. I believe this adds veracity to my voice in each post. Learning to setup and to manage a blog has been a major effort and remains a work in progress. Who knows where this will lead. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older phase of our life together. But family commitments continue. As it happens, I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and living creatures who live charmed existences. I watch on as they serve as actors weaving their ways across the stage of daily life. Shakespeare wrote in As You Like It: All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; Always, there's something to write about life lived as I know it.

3 thoughts on “My Garden ~ grandson, potatoes, peas and strawberries

  1. Hi there i’m Farouk a student from sheffield.
    i have noticed alot of beautiful fruit and veg which you have grown in your garden. your site has been very usefull to me for my school work, would you mind if i used some of your photography to put in my project. Which is on healthy eating.
    thank you very much.

  2. Your grandson is so cute. I love the picture in the strawberry patch. He looks a lot like my son. I would guess they are close in age. Hope he learns to love those veggies.

  3. Thanks Brandy. Since that photo, sweet corn has made it’s way onto the menu.

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