Gardening has definitely been an experience of growth in and out of the yard. My family’s garden efforts give us a common focus of accomplishment, teaches efforts vs output and that caring and tending allows growth to transition with strength.
We have come to enjoy our new family tradition of creating meals we cook together from what we grew together. Often learning how to prepare a new veggie or gourd or different way to spice it up. My son a few years ago began enjoying tomatoes; but only from the garden. Beets were what I began enjoying for the first time. This year we are trying spaghetti squash and various herbs.
After getting through the hard gardening work we have also learned ways to preserve excessive crops with freezing, a bit of canning and new to this year we will learn about and try dehydrating. This is teaching us we have the ability to lengthen the fruits of our efforts.
My son is a teenager this year and instead of his time going 75% toward screen time this summer, I’ve bartered access to his techno hobbies with a reasonable task or two in the garden first. When his work is finished I also take a break and grant him access to screen time. Now, when he emerges from his room and I’m poking around in the garden he asks if he can help me (even if it is for screen time). And like the gardener in us all, he will more often get distracted longer outside than he intends, cultivating strength during his transition.
We are all growing with consistent efforts and hope we have cultivated the desire to continue these gardens and behaviors needed to maintain them for years to come.