If he's not on the tractor with his dad you'll find Ben in his garden. He takes his garden very seriously and declared first thing this spring while buying seeds that these vegetables were not for him to eat, but for him to sell. At the nursery he picked every variety of vegetable and flower himself. He prepared the soil himself and sowed the seeds. While his dad runs his rototiller through the garden Ben can be found "plowing" with his bright orange scooter. In the heat of the summer I would find him working there in the hot sun, only convincing him to come out of the sun and into the shade by offering him a popsicle. Early in the season I came outside to find all of his plants dug up on the side of the garden. When I asked him what he was doing he said, "These plants have had their turn in the dirt. I'm giving these new plants their homes." I then had to explain to him that we could find room for all of the plants in the garden.
While the rest of the sunflowers and corn grew well over his head, the sunflowers and corn in his garden grew just his size. Amazing, isn't it?
(Ben with his gardening buddy.)
He has watched with awe as a volunteer watermelon appeared and grew. He has set up stands filled with ripened tomotaoes and sold them to our neighbors. He is a true gardener and I have no doubt that he's inherited his father's love of gardening and extrodinary green thumb.