Gardening . . . . may even do more for building character than simple chores,
because children have the opportunity to literally reap the fruit of their labors.
harmful. What are some ways that you
can control bad insects without harming
You must also take weather patterns
into consideration as you plan your work
outside—a good opportunity to incorporate a study of meteorology. Keep in
mind, especially during this phase of
your gardening experience, that mandated physical activity can be a great component of your Physical Education curriculum. Hauling soil, weeds, compost,
and mulch in a wheelbarrow encourages
physical ;tness and productivity—a great
Planning for Harvest
As your garden grows and produces
fruit, both literally and ;guratively, you
will need to be prepared with a plan for
what to do with it. Preserving food for
your family, giving food away to friends
and neighbors, and setting up a produce
stand at the local farmers market are
all legitimate options. You also could
harvest seeds from your plants for next
year’s crop. ;e harvest phase provides
ample opportunity for gaining skills in
the areas of culinary arts and food pres-
ervation (canning, freezing, etc.), arts
and cra;s (e.g., with dried ;owers), and
business (selling produce or ;owers).
Did you plant ;owers instead of veg-
gies? No problem! Harvest ;owers from
your ;ower garden and then dye them,
dry them, and even sell them as fresh
Gardening, like any kind of hard work,
can be a great opportunity to develop
self-discipline and work ethic in your
kids. It may even do more for building
character than simple chores, because
children have the opportunity to literally
reap the fruit of their labors. What does
the Bible have to say about work and discipline? What important life lessons can
be learned via a family gardening experience? Find out—and have fun!
Teaching your child to be a good “
employee” as a child will help him or her be
a good employee as an adult—something
that is sorely lacking in our society today.
Hard work in the garden prepared me
to work hard for my bosses in the “real
world,” and caring for plants has even
given me insight into caring for people.
Adding “gardening” to your homeschool
agenda may not inspire all of your students to become horticulturists, but I’m
sure their real-life experiences will help
them cultivate a green thumb.
Kenton Sena is a graduating biology student
at Asbury University in central Kentucky.
He plans to enter the graduate program
in forestry at the University of Kentucky,
earn a master’s degree, eventually earn a
doctorate, and ;nally teach at a small college or university like Asbury. Kenton loves
God, people, and, of course, plants.