Thursday, April 16, 2009

Gardening with Demon Baby

I like to garden. And today was the day to get rid of the detritus of winter leaves and overgrown grasses and set about fixing my flowerbeds and all my potted plants. Demon Baby LOVES to help me garden. It's a chance to:

1) Play in dirt
2) Turn dirt to mud with a watering can
3) Collect earthworms, which he tries to keep as pets

In reference to #3, I was sitting on my formal living room couch last night and spotted a worm wriggling across my hardwood floors. It was midnight. I was tired. I couldn't decide if I was hallucinating, but upon closer inspection, yes, it was a real live fat earthworm.

In any case, gardening with Demon Baby is, like EVERYTHING, quite an adventure. However, we have some very, VERY basic problems as far as his understanding of the garden. Hence . . . the conversation today.

"Where is the wand from my bubbles?"

"Inside the jar of bubbles. Why?"

"I need to plant it."

"It's plastic."

"But then bubbles will grow and blow over the garden all the time and it will be really cool."

"But it's plastic."

"It's a magic bubble wand."

"All right, Demon Baby, plant it."

So he embedded his pink plastic bubble wand in the middle of my basil.

"I need popcorn."

"Snack time is later."

"No. I'm going to plant it so I can have popcorn whenever I want."

"Popcorn doesn't grow, Demon Baby."

"It's magic popcorn."

"Plant away, Dude."

So I am growing, this season, tomatoes, parsley, oregano, basil, lots of flowers, arugula, bubbles, and popcorn.

I'm a cross between an organic farmer and Orville Redenbacher.

17 comments:

Realmcovet said...

So giggle inducing. Demon Baby is SOOOOO my kinda guy. Ask him to plant some Cotton Candy Jelly Bellies for me, would ya??? :D

I live for your worrds woman.

Nessa said...

haha. right on.

Cheryl Kauffman said...

I love his imagination. My kids would be in heaven with a garden full of bubbles. Maybe Sponge Bob will visit.

Erica Orloff said...

Realm:
Ahh . . . why did we not think of jellybeans?!?!
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Erica Orloff said...

Thanks Nessa. I will have to post some pictures of him in the garden.
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Erica Orloff said...

Cheryl:
Because I am a novelist and my imagination is always off in fiction, I think I forget how wondrous child imagination can be. I started the blog partly to chart his way of looking at the world, so I don't ever take it for granted.
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pita-woman said...

I love it!! Do you think if I plant a hundred dollar bill in the garden, more will grow?

on a separate note...
Did you by any chance keep track of the checks that were sent to you on behalf of Travis after his house fire? The one I sent still hasn't cleared the bank, so I was wondering if you/he ever received it.

Erica Orloff said...

Hi Pita:
I wish $100 would grow!!

And yeah . . . we kept track of everything. I will check with Travis. I sent him one envelope with some gift cards and two checks at his rental house . . . but it's possible that with him essentially moving a couple of times because of the fire until now he's in his new house, it didn't get forwarded. :-( The good ol' U.S. Postal service.

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Richmond Writer said...

I planted a tin with aspirin, crackers, and a picture of my best friend. No one would tell me what Watergate was and the way all the adults were scared I thought it was WWIII.

Did you know if you cut the top off a pineapple and put it in the ground a plant will grow? You get to eat the pineapple too. There is something called a Money Plant because its seeds are large flat round and gold like a dollar. Catnip stays green through the winter. Swallowtail butterflies love parsley.

Earthworms love banana peelings.

Robin said...

I'm going to try planting a shoe in the garden. This is going to be awesome!

Lauren said...

He is too cute. Smart little kids, especially your little Demon Baby, have such great imaginations :)

Magic Bubble Wand? I love it :)

Melanie Avila said...

I love it!! I remember planting watermelon seeds an inch from the sidewalk and being very upset that a plant never sprouted.

Erica Orloff said...

Richmond:
I LOVE money plants. My grandmother used to grow them.
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Erica Orloff said...

Robin:
Let me know if any Jimmy Choos sprout.

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Erica Orloff said...

Lauren:
In his world, all these things make perfect sense. :-)
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Erica Orloff said...

Melanie:
Aww. :-(

I am growing mint, and other herbs, so I hope he thinks that is cool when they are all grown and we can eat them and use them in the kitchen.
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Nadine said...

I just found your blog through Melanie and I'm reading back posts. I have to say, you are by far the coolest mom!! I love that you let him plant the wand and the popcorn!!

I once took an egg from the fridge and wrapped it in a blanket for a month, waiting for it to hatch. :)