My nephews have been here in SoCal staying with us for a couple of weeks, which is super awesome because some of the seeds they planted when they first got here have already sprouted!

After filming this, I’m going to heartily recommend CUCAMELONS as a top crop for growing with kids in SoCal. They produce a plentiful harvest, which means your kids can pick to their heart’s delight, and you heard it here: they are so cute.

We also picked cherry tomatoes, which are nice because: 1. They are easy for kids to spot among the foliage, 2. They are easily removed from the vine, and 3. They are DELICIOUS! (Not for the kids, they hate tomatoes, but there’s gotta be something in it for me too, right?!)

And we added spring onion to the mix to make a nice rounded simple salad:

Cherry Tomato Cucamelon Salad
Vaguely similar portions of fresh picked cherry tomatoes and cucamelons
2-3 green onions
Olive oil

Cut the tomatoes and cucamelons in half
Thinly slice the green onions
Dress with olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste

Boy, am I gonna miss my family when they head back up to Seattle at the end of the week. It’s been an amazing time with them. And it’s helped me become even more keenly aware of what I’m grateful for. Love you Emily, Austen, Eli and Gabriel! Come back soon!

Gardening with Kids, Part Two — Picking Cucamelons and Cherry Tomatoes, Making Salad

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