How Does YOUR Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow
How Does Your Garden Grow

Do you plant a garden?

Have you ever tried your hand at growing your your own food?

There are so many reasons why it is important to teach our children to garden whether it be a large plot or simply a small container.

Why plant a garden? The reasons are far reaching.

  • As we plant a pot, or a plot, we can join in the beauty of creation.  To turn the dirt, exposing the rich dark soil and the smell of earth, brings life to the senses in a way that nothing else can.
  • Putting a seed or a young tender plant in the ground is so empowering to a young child and even to an adult. To nourish water and care for a plant gives a sense of responsibility, because if the plant is neglected, it will wither and die.
  • A garden gives the opportunity to teach the value of work. Our kids were always expected to help prepare it, plant, weed, water, pick and even to help freeze or bottle food for the winter months.
  • As a family works alongside each other,it naturally provides a wonderful time to talk, laugh, and even open the way for deep discussions about life.
  • As the plant becomes strong and can bear fruit, we want our children to grow to become productive members of our family and society.
  • As some plants and trees shed their leaves and fruit for the winter to rest and regain strength, we also do this during difficult phases of our life.
  • Lastly, some plants do not survive the winter, just as many people pass on in the winter of their life.  This principle can be addressed with compassion and explanation.
  • Gloriously, spring comes with renewed hope as the tiny green leaves pop their head to the surface and the buds form on the trees.

Life is grand with blessings to enjoy and life lessons to teach, which is so easily done while growing flowers or a garden together.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today




Comments

  1. I admit I have a bit of a black thumb with plants. But still trying to help my almost 5 year old now grow a sunflower for her first kindergarten project now. So fingers crossed that we do ok growing it. But do love all your thoughts on this and thank you for sharing :)

  2. Love this! I really wanted to plant some things this year (in pots at least) but it hasn’t happened yet. I hope to someday have one of two raised beds. I don’t have the greenest of thumbs, but I’m hoping that if I start Kenna early enough maybe hers will be and she can take over for me. :-) Food straight from the garden is so good!

  3. Carrie,

    Well said! What we plant is what we grow. Planting a garden would be a wonderful opportunity to talk about how God plants things in our lives to planting love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. What better way to teach these things and practice these things than planing a garden with your family. I know I would need lots of patience with my family while gardening. So many life lessons could be talked about too.

    Blessings,
    Diane Roark

  4. Hi Carrie – My husband and I love our gardens! My only regret is that we didn’t teach our boys to appreciate gardening. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party. Pinning to our group board.

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