stages of growth, and then personally delivered the ;owers. You may be surprised
by the eternal impact this may have on
Giving Back to the Community:
Sometimes nursing homes will have a garden
for the elderly to enjoy. You can volunteer
together to work on a small part of their
garden to teach your children about having a heart for the elderly. You and your
children may learn something from them!
Or how about starting up a community
garden with your homeschool group?
Hidden Treasures: ;ere is something
compelling to children about digging for
treasure. Having a potato garden is so
much fun for the kids! One section of the
garden could be the “Hidden Treasure”
garden, featuring only those plants that
you gotta dig for, such as carrots, beets,
;at Quiet Resting Place: Creating a
special, quiet spot in the garden brings
great joy to the family. Pole beans grow
well and can be trained to grow over a
homemade teepee; make sure the teepee
is big enough for children to play in the
middle. A sun;ower house is a popular
structure to make for kids also.
One section of the
garden could be the
garden, featuring only
those plants that you
gotta dig for, such as
carrots, beets, and
learn about the bene;ts and disadvantages of organic vs. treated seeds.
When the fun of ordering the seeds
is all over, recycle those seed catalogues
in creative ways. Turn them into games,
or they could be used for making row
markers. Design your garden on the living room ;oor by using cutouts from the
Gardening is a rich and rewarding
hobby, a far healthier choice than spending time in front of the computer screen
or television. Out in the garden, we have
the opportunity to ponder God’s majestic
creation, being intrigued by the marvels
of His handiwork, such as pollination,
germination, or photosynthesis. ;e miracles happening around us in the garden
are a showcase of God’s love and grace.
When we put that little seed in our child’s
hand, and teach him about their Creator,
we are placing in his hands opportunities
of hope, new life, and a closer walk with
Gardening is an art that sings a symphony of beauty. On this living canvas, we
can paint with ;owers and good things
to eat. ;rough the garden, the Lord is a
grand teacher and we, the students, are
never too young or old to start learning.
Every seed, every plant, has a story to tell,
and even the smallest ;ower can make
you marvel. ;e love of gardening, once
sown, will blossom into an eternal source
Ruth Ng has homeschooled her children
for twelve years and resides in Ontario,
Canada. Before homeschooling her children, she was an RN. She loves to write,
travel to Hong Kong, teach children, be
with family and friends, and learn new insights about God’s Word. Together, she and
her husband have a calling to reach out to
orphans. Please visit their family website
at www.melodyo; ope.com.
But I Have Nowhere to Plant a
With little or no access to land, it is possible to grow a selection of favorite vegetables, fruits, herbs, and ;owers. Mini-gardens can be created on decks, patios,
balconies, and windowsills using containers. Growing plants vertically is another option, as well as trying out dwarf
varieties. ;e children and I like to snoop
around in garden stores, and one time we
saw a doghouse on display built so that
the roof could be used as a raised garden
bed—it is amazing what can be turned
into a garden! ;ere is a di;erent style
of gardening for every family. Find out
which kind suits your land space, lifestyle, time, and interests.
3. Forward by Patrick Holden, ;e Gaia Book of
Organic Gardening, (London: Gaia Books Ltd.,
2005), p. 10.
4. Kim Wilde, Gardening with Children, (London:
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd., 2007), p. 11.
Get ;at Gardening Bug!
With too much exposure to the virtual
world, kids may not be interested in the
natural world. Capture their interest with
a collection of unusual plants. Start with
the seed catalogue. ;ere are many resources available on the Web, but nothing can replace a real, printed catalogue.
Order a variety of catalogues from different companies, and help the children
compare prices, choose the best deal, and