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One of the kids across the road, young Andrew aged about 9, watched me put the vege patch on the footpath.  He advised me that people would steal the veges.  He was very happy when I told him that I wanted them to take them.  "You can't steal it, if I've already given it to you."  

I've been trying to space my planting out there so that there won't be sudden feast followed by months of famine (inspired by a recent tomato debacle in my yard).  Young Andrew decided that I wasn't planting fast enough.  He told me yesterday that he would provide a list of what to plant to solve the problem.  I told him he might make a good farmer to which he responded that he would never be a farmer because he was going to be a scientist.  

Here's a photo of his note and list.  It was very cute.  I responded to his suggestions and added a little note that said "Farming is a lot of science mate - but don't worry, I love your strawberry suggestion!"  (Thank God he doesn't want to be an artist!).  I'm pretty sure that I'd best pick up some strawberry plants before the weekend.  The two Andrews will be a planting the footpath.

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 3, 2017 at 19:42

That's a damn fine idea Juggsy!  

Comment by Juggsy on August 3, 2017 at 15:07
Bags* not backs. Insure how to rdit comment from phone. #SorryForDoublePost
Comment by Juggsy on August 3, 2017 at 15:06
My daughter would do your head in if she was your neighbour dear Andrew. She's 6 and very demanding. Half our garden is planted on her requirements. And she gives gardening tips to any one who will listen (even if she has no idea of what she is saying).

This is adorable. I would be giving Andrew seeds to encourage him to grow himself. Our kids used ziplock backs filled with cotton wool which I think they stuck to the window (have photos somewhere) to germinate seeds a while back.
Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 21, 2017 at 16:29

They apparently have a vege patch out the back somewhere. 

Comment by Dianne Caswell on July 21, 2017 at 10:18

And his name had to be Andrew. Do his parents garden? I just love that you are spending the time with his to nature his interest.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 15, 2017 at 19:02

He cracks me up.  I planted 6 strawberries for him out on the footpath. 

Comment by Cathie MacLean on July 15, 2017 at 9:21
This is absolutely precious Andy. I hope the garden and garden mentoring relationship continues - although it seems young Andrew feels like the mentor here! How wonderful.
Comment by DARREN JAMES on July 15, 2017 at 8:11

Great stuff,would he like a seed or two lol

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on July 14, 2017 at 9:19

It's great to share the love!

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on July 14, 2017 at 7:45

Nor a teacher of English either! ;-) So good to see youngsters getting with the vege passion.

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