Monday, November 12, 2012
More than a Garden
Not a day goes by without our family spending time in the garden together. Whether it be harvesting fresh greens for our dinner, snipping herbs to garnish, putting out emergency fires or planting seasonally appropriate seeds, we can so often be found amongst the greenery and lady beetles of our front yard.
As we were pottering about over the weekend it dawned on me that this humble little garden provides so much more for our family than food.
It provides us with a common place, a place for learning and teaching, exploring and discovering.
Slowly but surely Dave and I are learning what to plant where and when, how long certain seeds take before they punch their first shoots through the warm soil and the best time to harvest crops.
Simultaneously the kids are starting to respect the work that goes into growing our own food. They delight in the opportunity to eat fresh peas from the bush and as I had hoped when writing my new years resolutions, Zeph now pics, smells and names just about any herb or plant within his reach.
Mostly, our garden provides us with a place of togetherness.
A New Year, A New Dream