When I was a kid, I could tell my parents loved gardening. They would grow gardens everywhere on their property. They had a huge vegetable garden, berry patches, fruit trees, a small herb garden, a pond garden, and lots of flower beds. They even had a garden where they had creatively displayed all the antique farm implements they had found around their 150 year-old farm.
My grandparents were the same way. They would grow gardens anywhere they could fit one. Nearly everywhere you looked on their property, there was something to eat. Grandma even had strawberries, peppers, and tomatoes in her flower bed. She had a grape arbor in her fence row and a raspberry patch in the middle of the yard, including black and red raspberries. They planted gardens in every spot they could find. They had a knack for tucking food into every nook and cranny of their property. I loved to visit their property and learn about all their gardens.
On our own property, we try to do the same as my parents and grandparents. We grow gardens all around. Even though we plant flowers, shrubs, and other trees, there is a special focus on food. We have nut trees, an orchard, a vegetable garden, an herb garden, and many perennial fruits and vegetables here. Our kids help and have learned a lot about many different kinds of gardening.
You can grow gardens just about anywhere…sunny spots, shady spots, on a patio or deck, on a roof, even in the house. Put a small garden beside your kids’ swing set or sandbox. Let them keep a miniature container garden in their room. Gardens make any space more beautiful. Have your kids help take care of them. Teach them that plants are living things that need their help to grow.