Night Gardening (Or, How To Garden When You Have Small Kids)
I’ve often been asked how I ever have time to get so much done in the garden when I have four small children to care for. And I’ve shared in the past how I am able to get outdoors for a little while by bringing the littles with me in an infant carrier, a stroller, or a playpen.
But what about on those days when it’s just too hot for the kids to be outside?? What about those days when so many other things preoccupy my time and I just can’t get out at all?
Well my friends, I’ll let you in on a little secret.
Sometimes, I garden at night.
When my husband is home from work, and is able to stay inside with the kids… there are times when I slip outside in the cool evening air with a headband light strapped to my forehead, or a floodlight hung high on a pole, and I dig and plant to my hearts content.
And it’s a perfect time to water the garden, when there’s no danger of the sun baking the wet plants.
Warm Spring and Summer nights are the best. The stars are bright overhead, the crisp air is refreshing to my soul, and the night noises keep me company while I become completely engrossed in tending to my beds.
I am especially prone to night gardening when I have plants that just have to get in the ground, and the smell of rain in the wind promises a nice greeting to my freshly planted sprouts.
To those of you who feel like it’s impossible to find the time or convenience to get outdoors and in the dirt… buy a good light… I suggest night gardening.