Creative gardening early in life


By Charlene Thornhill - Along the Garden Path



Provided photo Great-granddaughter Layna Henry, daughter of Todd and Lindsey Henry, was excited when her seeds began to sprout.


Provided photo Layna enjoys not only gardening but also learning to cook and bake.


People are home more often, they’re focusing on how to brighten up their lives. They are getting out in the yard and making the outside beautiful, things they didn’t have time for before.

It’s actually very good therapy and its relaxing; it helps you get that fresh air instead of being cooped up in the house.

Our 4-year-old great-granddaughter Layna Henry, daughter of Todd and Lindsey Henry, has enjoyed her time at home with her Dad, Mother, and her brother Tate. She is being taught all of the things her Mother enjoys.

Lindsey said, “With doing school from home right now they thought, and her school suggested, planting a seed would be a good science lesson. It is something easy for her to do and overall inexpensive for her to experiment with.” Her family usually plants a vegetable garden but has always purchased their plants. With being at home each day Lindsey taught Layna how to plant seeds and she was so excited when they started to sprout! Within 3 days she had many little sprouts peek up through her potting mix.

Lindsey comments, “With doing the planting at home she was able to be a part of the process of growing from beginning to hopefully harvest! She liked getting her fingers in the dirt and writing the names of the plants on the garden tags. She has learned that seeds of different plants look different and what they need to grow such as sun, good soil, and water. She also sees how they grow at different speeds and the difference between true leaves and seed leaves.”

Layna is excited for the coming weeks when she can get the plants outside to harden off and plant them in their garden. She has grown broccoli, bell peppers, Brandywine heirloom tomatoes and smaller sweetie tomatoes. They will be planting seeds directly into the garden when the soil is ready with adding green beans, cucumbers, zucchini, carrots, sweet corn, radishes and onions.

Not only has Layna enjoyed gardening, she is being taught cooking and baking, something her mother Lindsey does very well!

Layna enjoys helping with cooking their meals but baking is her favorite…anything that requires making dough and letting it rise. They have made soft pretzels, sprouted grain rolls, pizza dough but her favorite was been the homemade cinnamon rolls!

Out of tough times comes some good that the younger children will remember all their lives.

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Provided photo Great-granddaughter Layna Henry, daughter of Todd and Lindsey Henry, was excited when her seeds began to sprout.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/04/web1_IMG_3092.jpgProvided photo Great-granddaughter Layna Henry, daughter of Todd and Lindsey Henry, was excited when her seeds began to sprout.

Provided photo Layna enjoys not only gardening but also learning to cook and bake.
https://www.dailyadvocate.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/34/2020/04/web1_IMG_3093.jpgProvided photo Layna enjoys not only gardening but also learning to cook and bake.

By Charlene Thornhill

Along the Garden Path

Charlene Thornhill is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Along the Garden Path. She can be reached at chardonn@embarqmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

Charlene Thornhill is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Along the Garden Path. She can be reached at chardonn@embarqmail.com. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.