Newsletter: 25 Lessons Your Garden Can Teach Your Family

My first seed catalog of the year arrived in the mail today. This caused me to reflect that as of late, there has been a meme going around asking if gardening should be required in school. Why think in terms of requiring? Instead, think in terms of what the rich learning experiences gardening can provide to your children’s education. Some day we may only eat what we can grow! Then is not the time to learn how. Growing a garden eases the food budget. There are great lessons to learn from "Nature's God," as our Founding Fathers put it.

25 Lessons Your Garden Can Teach Your Family 

1. The Law of the Harvest- you reap what you sow, both in the garden and life.

2. The Law of Order- living things reproduce after their own kind.

3. The Lesson of Faith- preparing, planting, cultivating and harvesting.​

4. Delayed Gratification- as we plant, nurture, water, cultivate, and wait in faith.

5. Nuturing- ​takes time.

6. The Law of Training- the pruning, thinning, and staking. Discipline is only part of training, seedlings need to be protected and staked if there is a wind (just like people).​

​7. Wisdom- the importance of choosing wisely and planning.

​8. The Law of Cultivation- working the soil, early tending to weeds, makes for less work and a healthier garden (Bad habits need to be taken care of early, it is easier to change a habit now instead of later).

​9. Proper Gardening- produces healthier plants. Proper training helps us develop character in children.

10. Neglectful Gardening- leads to sickly plants, prone to disease and bug infestation. Feeding our bodies, minds, and heart without thought care can weaken them.​

11. Mulching- keeps the weeds at bay and water from evaporating, so it is available to plant roots; high standards, good media, wholesome activities, scripture nurturing, and family curfews are the mulch of good parenting.

12. Composting- is a method of recycling that adds nutrition to plants. The example of others and their experiences, along with our own, are the compost that works to feed our heart and mind.​

13. Companion Planting- some plants repel pests, some encourage growth and still others can slow growth or kill plants. Is this not the power of companionship?​

14. Inter-planting- this confuses destructive pests, so it cannot just eat a whole row. It adds color and beauty to a garden. The talents of all people are needed in our world garden.​

15. Hothouse vs. Homegrown- home grown plants can be healthier and better than greenhouse plants. Just like learning, it is more powerful when taught at home (one on one), then just trying to catch it at school.​

16. Extended Seasons Techniques- starting plants before the growing season and protecting them, as well as, using growing season protections to prolong the season. We do this when we teach our children by example from their earliest years. We also do this when we turn our children=s thoughts to great ideas and thereby, control the flow of evil into our home. We do this when we pro‑actively decide to use media in our home to enrich, rather than just entertain. We can extend the season with family history and journals. Thus, when we use the example of others we can extend and deepen the learning for our children.​

17. Sharing our Bounty-teaches generosity and humanitarian efforts.​

18. Preserving Our Bounty- is as wholesome traditions, journals, and provident living to our life.​

19. Time- gardening takes time, is best done along the side of someone else.

20. The Lesson of Hope- looking forward towards the harvest teaches our children to hope.

21. Self- Reliance on the Lord- God is in control. If we live providently, we will be able to survive, even if we do not harvest this year.

22. Beginnings- planning a garden and planting seeds are new beginnings. Life, family and knowledge all began in a garden.

23. Scriptural Understanding- the scriptures were written to agrarian people. As we dig in the soil, the lessons of the scriptures will become more real to us.

24. Ponderinglearning to ponder, when we do repetitive activities, frees our attention to contemplate deeper things.

25. Natural Science-a garden helps children understand natural science as they observe what happens in a garden.

Whether you live in an apartment and need to create a window or container garden on a patio, or you have yard space to grow a garden, now is the time to plan. If you do not have these options check and see if there is a community garden in your city or if there is a vacant lot the owner will let you use for a garden. Spring is around the corner. Some plants will need to be started inside in the northern climates. So, grab a calendar and a note book. Plan what you want to grow, with the space you have. Then mark the calendar with the date you need to plant inside and the dates you can begin planting outside. Creating a garden is fun and it can be a rewarding part of your family's home education journey.

Enjoy the Journey!

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