Carver’s Dump Truck Planter

Similar to my mom’s attempt to get me interested in sewing, my mom also tried to get me on the gardening bandwagon as evidenced here:

Working in the garden with mom

While her attempts were futile, I have a black thumb and kill any plant that comes home with me, maybe the boys will be different!

So I suppose it is my motherly duty to educate my boys on how to properly plant things and Carver just loves watering my flowers so I had an awesome idea when we were at The House of Flowers in New Hampton: using a dump truck as a planter!

Carver has a billion dump trucks, I’ll bet he could spare one. Craig made a specifically cut piece of wood to fit in the back to make it a planter.

Carver did EVERYTHING. He put the dirt in the dump truck, Choose which flowers went where, I even let him pop the flowers out of their planter, dig the hole, and plant the flowers. I helped him cover them back up with dirt.

I told him it was important to water the flowers as soon as they are replanted. I think our biggest challenge with this experiment will be GANNON not de-planting Carver’s flowers.

I did end up getting some flowers this year – mostly pre planted because that’s how I roll and hopefully now that Carver has flowers to water, he can help me to remember to take care of mine! I’ll do a full “garden” tour later next week to show you my choices!

Here’s the finished project! He was so proud and wanted to show it off to Grandma Joey! The wheels still work so he is still tempted to “play” with the dump truck but I told him it is probably best for the flowers to stay in one place for now.

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  1. Shirley
    May 19, 2020 / 2:05 pm

    The proud look on Carver’s face says it all!

  2. Kim LeMere
    May 19, 2020 / 2:30 pm

    What a great idea to make one of his trucks into a planter and to let him pick the plants. He could always move the truck to follow the sun to help his plants grow.

  3. Carolyn Sullivan
    May 19, 2020 / 7:47 pm

    I saw something Similar on FB a few yrs ago. Being a Grandmother of mostly girls no Tonka trucks to be had :(. But one day driving home w DH, I spotted on on the top of someone’s trash can! I did a U turn and had DH get out and grab it as the trash collectors were coming around the bend!!! LOL. It was squashed and the axels bent, but DH was able to bend it mostly back. I planted Succulents in mine! It’s really cute specially next to my gnome!

  4. Susan the Farm Quilter
    May 20, 2020 / 11:07 pm

    Great way to get him interested in planting!! Then you can graduate to growing vegetables and fruits to eat – kids seem to like them better if they actually do the work to grow them. I know your hubby helps your mom so much in the garden, now adding Carver to the team will be wonderful for all of them!!

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