A good friend built my daughter a raised bed in a sun-filled spot next to his house, and told her she could plant whatever she wants there. At the same time, we got together with some of our neighbors and started a community garden in our neighborhood. I'm father to a couple kids who refuse to eat pretty much anything that's green, so this was done with some hope that seeing food grow from seed to plate will encourage better eating. The excitement definitely caught on, and for the first few weeks we were over at "her garden" every day to water the plants and check for weeds.
I let her control what she planted in her raised bed, which may have ended up a bit crowded. How was I to tell her she can't plant broccoli so close to the brussels sprouts? At our neighborhood garden, we planted mostly herbs, tomatoes, and greens. I wasn't sure the tomatoes would have enough sunlight.
When we saw a watering can shaped like this, buying it was pretty much a no-brainer:
The tomatoes at my friend's house are well-spaced and growing beautifully. So much fruit growing already!
The first edible item produced by her garden was this single pod of sugar snap peas.
She was so excited, she popped them into her mouth right there:
A week ago, the zucchini and cucumbers were overwhelming everything else in her box. We monitored the size of the tiny zucchini and picked some basil, swiss chard, collards, and other greens and she carried them home in her hat.
A week later and the zucchini was huge. My friend called to say we'd better get her over there to see it, and when she peeked under the enormous leaves she squealed with excitement. There was a zucchini in there bigger than her head!
The girl could hardly contain her excitement when she saw the cucumbers were also big enough to be picked. She can't wait to make her own pickles "not too spicy, just how I like them." Even the boy (who normally prefers spending his time with the hose squirting anything but the plants) got excited about the giant squash, and he helped us pick a bagful of basil before we headed home.
But I'm fairly confident that by the end of this summer, green will be one of their favorite colors.