Danielle Diver wrote:when i was pregnant with my daughter (who is now 2) i would daydream about what i would plant in a garden for her... not so much what would go into the kitchen and get processed, but rather, i was planning a Wild Edibles Baby Garden (maybe a circle, or mandala) where i could plop the baby down in the middle and she could explore, scratch, and eat anything she found. well, truth be told, we live in an apartment in the middle of town, so the reality of this fantasy garden was just that, fantasy, except that it got my brain spinning as to how I can introduce a newish born baby to the joys of nature, and allow them to use their natural learning tools, touch, feel, taste, to explore this new outside dirty beautiful world.
My kids know where "the band-aid plant" patch is, aka yarrow. They know it's ok to eat dandelions. They know what plantain is for. (wish I had some plantain right now!)
Of course, all this jumping and agility made them hungry, but their "diner" is just a few feet away! They love munching on sage, chives, and dandelions from my Herbal Hugel Spiral of Randomness.This isn't the only place to get a snack. It's just a short walk to the keyhole garden. It may be early spring, but there's still sorrel, walking onions, dandelions and kale to munch on!
Munching on some sorrel. After he ate his snack, he proceeded to tell me everything he ate: sorrel, dandelions and kale.
Another thing that helped potty train him young was giving him a purpose. I taught him pee is fertilizer. I gave him places that he could fertilize for next years crops. He peed all over it! wrote:
Christopher Shepherd wrote:I love this subject. It sure takes me back to when my son Y was little. For the first 9 months I toted him around in a big car seat so he could see what I was doing. Dandelions and clover tops were a good treat at that age. He started walking at 9 months, so I had my little side kick everywhere I went. Going to do chores we would stop by the garden to get a snack for 6 months out of the year. He loved it. I taught my son to eat everything out of the garden except purple stuff " eggplant ,rhubarb and pokeweed". Me being a not so good baby sitter, many times I would forget he was with me while working. He was just a little squirt. I would usually find him back in the garden stuffing himself. One day he was about 14 months old I found him with no shirt on with chipmunk cheeks and tomato seed dripping down his chin to his belly. Now at the age of 17 he is a raw foodie. He eats most things like green beans and broccoli raw. Another thing that helped potty train him young was giving him a purpose. I taught him pee is fertilizer. I gave him places that he could fertilize for next years crops. He peed all over it!
I don't think any of being raised this way hurts you. He is 4 inches taller than me and a straight A student.
Jeremy Bailey wrote:Thank you for all the postings, so helpful. I'm going to try to put something together on my balcony
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