My Garden ~ a Kiwi's take on life

"I wandered lonely as a cloud That floats on high o'er vales and hills," William Wordsworth

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

A few years ago when I began blogging, I was in awe of the creative, the witty, the informative, the insightful posts by writers on WordPress. I was challenged by my son to write, to set up a blog, to expand my garden diary scribblings. Never did I think from scratching and grubbing in my garden dirt would sprout words of reflection, thoughts about life lived as I know it. 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 do put them on a gatepost so they are easily found. Always, there's something to write or chat about life lived as I know it. I have a certain sense of amazement that my blogging community is expanding. In a previous life, I once was a teacher. A four-walled classroom is an artificial construct. When thirty or so teenagers with diverse learning needs filled the space, the more I listened, the more I observed my students, the more I learned. They had stories to tell, to write of things that interested them. Luckily for me we embarked on amazing journeys of discovery and learned together. Some say a lifestyle block is a no-lifestyle block. We like being able to grow seasonal food, to enjoy fresh air and open space. Himself and I thought we had retired, about to define this older stage of our life together, but family commitments continue. And so it another phase of discovery happens as I share this place with Himself, son and grandsons and a menagerie of living creatures who rule the roost.

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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