It’s dirty. It makes you sweat. It takes many months of hard work before you ever reap rewards. So is it really possible to enjoy gardening with kids?
I think Robert Brault, an American operatic tenor who must create melodies in a garden as beautifully as he does on stage, answered that question well with a query of his own: “Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden?”
There’s nowhere I’d rather be than in the garden with a daughter. Or two. Or all four. We share our thoughts, anxieties, and daydreams right there between the beans and the tomatoes.
Plus, if you plant a garden together, you can reap the harvest together. You can even preserve it and enjoy it all year round. You can grow and preserve your own herbs. (All you need is a little patience and a few paper bags. Really. Check it out here.)
You might even have enough veggies to can a few jars.
Or enjoy some quick-and-easy berry desserts I posted last week. Better yet, you can preserve your fruit.
Then the cold snowy January night that you pop open a jar of jam and slather it on biscuits, you’ll enjoy the rewards of gardening with your kids even more. (Be sure to snag the Amazingly Easy Freezer Biscuit Recipe I shared on a previous post.)
If you need any more inspiration, glance at these 10 Reasons to Make Sure You Play in the Dirt this Summer and–if you do nothing else–be sure to join me over on Proverbial Homemaker today for some inspiration!
Then go dig in the dirt somewhere with someone who looks up to you, someone who just might want to share with you their thoughts, their anxieties, or their daydreams while you’re gardening together. Here on our homestead, I can honestly tell you, we plant much more than seeds, and we harvest much more than produce.
In my far-from-professional opinion, I imagine gardening has always had that effect.
Take a second to read more over on Proverbial Homemaker, and be sure to snag the FREE PRINTABLE I uploaded there for you!
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The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. Isaiah 58: 11
“Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce.” Jeremiah 29:5
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