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The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.
~Dorothy Frances Gurney, “Garden Thoughts”

Teach children gardening.  The answer of why is answered in the poem above. My father taught me to garden when I was a little girl. I hated it. I hated the hot sun. I hated the hardness of the dirt in the afternoon when it came time to weed. I hated hoeing. I liked watering. I loved eating the vegetables. I loved smelling the flowers. Then one day, my father woke me up at 5:00 am and whispered for me to go with him. I went out to the garden with him. The sun was just getting up. The Morning Larks were singing. The soil was soft and not heat baked yet so the weeds just slid out of the ground. Everything was easy. I loved it. I fell in love with gardening. Gardening became a passion and I found myself getting up early every morning to work somewhere around the yard in the gardens. Mornings were so magical. They were musical with birds tweetering, the flowers seemed to give off their best scent, even the dirt had a fresh smell. The air was brisk and cool. I seemed to take flight in the early morning garden.

What else do children learn in gardens. “Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.”  ~Robert Brault.  It is fun to watch the garden grow, the flowers bloom, the vegetable’s take shape.  “As a gardener, I’m among those who believe that much of the evidence of God’s existence has been planted.”  ~Robert Brault. “Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity.” ~Lindley Karstens.

I love to be in a garden. It refreshes my spirit and seems to also heal my body. But I love to be with my children in a garden also. One of our best gardening years was the second year after we had switched from the traditional row gardening to the Square Foot Gardening Method. In his book, “Square Foot Gardening”, Mel Bartholomew suggested that you make a small 4×4 foot raised bed for each of your children and let them plan it and care for it. Each square foot in this method has a different type of plant in it. You can mix flowers and vegetables. It turns out looking like a patched quilt! Go to http://www.squarefootgardening.org/ and see the beautiful gardens that people have built. We had our children pick what vegetables they liked best to eat and also which flowers they thought were pretty and then we taught them how to plant them and water them and harvest them. The interesting thing was our children actually ate the vegetables that they planted!

Today was a rainy day. I couldn’t go out and garden. So instead I read a lot of quotes on gardening and filled my soul that way. Here is my favorite. “I think that if ever a mortal heard the voice of God it would be in a garden at the cool of the day”.  ~F. Frankfort Moore, A Garden of Peace

 

For those who love gardening and essential oils, you may enjoy this!

 

Happy gardening this year and may they be fruitful and lovely!

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