Most people would consider the benefits of gardening to be:
eating fresh and organic veggies.
I get that.
I love fresh produce.
my main reason to have a garden
teach our children a few
First of all,
I believe too many children, teen and even adults,
are plain bored.
Being bored leads to many bad things.
Some of them are
complaint, judgment and resentment.
***insert here how much you see of this on social media and news***
So my main goal here is to teach our children hard work.
The ground needs to be tilled, trees and plants trimmed.
Teaching them that first thing in the morning is watering the garden,
before the sun is hot and temperature rises.
Lessons like "delayed gratification".
Not everything is instant and microwaveable.
Hard to believe in our place and time.
Plants need to be taken care of and fruits need time to grow.
Patience is a virtue.
I don't just let my children do the work.
I am out there with them,
working, sweating and getting dirty alongside.
Teaching them how to prune blackberry bushes and
how to pick tomatoes.
Among many other things.
This is also time that we get to spend together.
We get to talk about life and we get to talk about the bees and the birds.
Gardening does not just last during the warmer months.
This year we started our plants from seeds back in January/February.
We also has a small Winter garden with our homemade hoop house.
Lettuce and spinach grew fine.
And one more life lesson:
not everything that looks dead is dead.
We watched our little fig tree look like 2 brown short sticks in the ground.
We thought we lost it during our cold Winter months.
And then this happened.
Life sprouted from the bottom.
And this little tree came back more beautiful and stronger than ever before.
Family that stay together grow together.
No pun intended.
Ok, maybe I meant that :)
p.s. Come back tomorrow and I will share how to eat these zucchini flowers.
Yes, this dish should be in every Italian restaurant.