Gardening – Children – can they go together and still yield produce? Definitely!
Garden Time Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 all dealt with different aspects of planning your garden. What about planning to involve your children – your family? Our lifestyle change involves working together as a family most of the time. Whether we are home educating or working in the vineyard planting, pruning or training – we are together. Planning, planting and harvesting our garden is no different. Our children love to be part of it and after all the work, they have a greater appreciation for the fresh produce!
Let your children have input as to the planning of the garden and where things are planted. Use this time to teach them about gardening – from location selection, plant selection to growing zones. Make use of teachable moments to instruct and build relationships.
Let them help with the planting. While your rows may not be perfectly straight and plants not equally spaced, the rewards of seeing your children excited about the growing plants are worth the sacrifice. Our young ones love to dig the holes for the plants, as well as, pressing the seeds into the soil and covering them up. Capitalize on their excitement!
Let your children help harvest. This is the most fun! They love hauling the fresh vegies to the house – they try to fill the wagon as full as possible! What a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment – they are so proud when the plants, they helped plant and care for, actually produce!
For a perfect looking, perfectly spaced garden, I would do it myself. But, the joy I see in my children as they help with our family garden is worth so much more than straight rows! They learn great work ethics, as well as, building family relationships as we work together as a family!
Besides, call it selfish, but, why would I want to do it all by myself – it is a lot of work!
Further Reading on Gardening: Gardening From Seeds