When I’m frazzled I love to go dig in the dirt. My daughter does, too. When she is at home and the kids are napping, she’ll go poke around in the flower beds or weed the veggie patch. She made fabulous mud pies as a child! There’s something very satisfying about prompting things to grow, too.
We were chatting last night about harvesting all the basil and making pesto before the first frost comes. (Guess what’s for dinner?) Time to finish pickling and putting by the rest of the goodies, too. We also talked about soon having to put down manure or fertilizer and other things to beef up the soil over the winter. This got my husband saying that he needed to fertilize the lawn a couple more times before heavy frost – this guy is way into green grass and hates a weedy lawn.
These are all good things that you may be thinking about soon, too. But they got me thinking that it’s important to make sure you keep your kids off the lawn while the fertilizer is going down. If your troops are more like a bunch of wild giggling goofballs who run around in bare feet in all weather like ours, you’ll want to be sure they’re not up to their ankles in potentially poisonous chemicals. So read the labels and corral the kids with pumpkin carving and apple bobbing if necessary.