We had a lovely garden this summer. This was the first garden that we have had at this house and it produced well. Unfortunately, the only pictures I got were of us planting.

We put in grow boxes in the spring and grew our whole garden in the grow boxes. It was a fun experiment and I think that we are going to add more grow boxes before next summer.

Our growbeds

I believe that a lot of lessons can be taught to children in the garden. Every family that possibly can should have a garden, if for no other reason, because it provides a wonderful lesson book for the children. That is why Jesus used seed sowing and plants and trees in so many parables.

G'tums plants lettuce

Here is a quote about how valuable the garden is in teaching children spiritual lessons: “The parable of the sower and the seed conveys a deep spiritual lesson. The seed represents the principles sown in the heart, and its growth the development of character. Make the teaching on this point practical. The children can prepare the soil and sow the seed; and as they work, the parent or teacher can explain to them the garden of the heart, with the good or bad seed sown there; and that as the garden must be prepared for the natural seed, so the heart must be prepared for the seed of truth. As the plant grows, the correspondence between the natural and the spiritual sowing can be continued.

“The little children may be Christians, having an experience in accordance with their years. This is all that God expects of them. They need to be educated in spiritual things; and parents should give them every advantage, that they may form characters after the similitude of the character of Christ.” Ellen White, Counsels to Parents, Teachers and Students, p. 142.

Baby eats dirt

The baby mostly enjoyed eating the dirt. Yikes!

2 thoughts on “Gardening

  • November 11, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Nice. I like the box gardens… they really are easier to tend than a big square garden. What are the hoops made of, or did you special order them? We’re thinking to get some type of hoop structure for ours… sometime… LOL!

  • November 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    My garden is a raised bed in a box too. :) Love the pics of baby eating dirt.

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