My son, Brent, had a normal 3rd grade science class where he planted a seed and grew a seedling. You can remember that class right?? He came home with his bean sproutlet in a styrofoam cup. We were at my dad’s house when he brought it home and my dad offered to take care of it. (Every summer my dad grows a container garden full of tomatoes, peppers, squash, and other assorted veggies) I love getting the fruits of his labor. Ha! The little bean plant fit right in. Since my dad picks Brent’s up from school, Brent was able to tend his plant almost everyday.
It was really a sight to see the beanstalk. It kept getting taller and taller. It was way over our heads. The beanstalk was 10 feet tall when Brent started to pull the beans.He enjoyed pulling the beans and seeing what he grew from that very tiny seed.
The next night we decided to cook the beans with our dinner. We took them out of the pods and boiled them. We were unsure of what kind of beans they were because all Brent told us was it was a bean. Turns out we were growing lima beans. 🙂 One of my very favorite beans. The lima beans turned out to be great. Brent especially said they were good. Addison and my niece, Scotlyn, also raved about them. Too bad we didn’t have more to cook because they went quick.
There are so many benefits to growing your own garden, especially when you get your kids involved. It teaches so many valuable lesson.
Here are a few reasons to grow your own garden:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables taste great. There is no food more fresh than getting from your garden.
- You know where your food is coming from. You won’t have to guess at how old it is or what kind of chemicals and pesticides are on it.
- You can save money on groceries. How would you like it if you didn’t have to buy your tomatoes or peppers or herbs again??!!
- You get a little exercise and fresh air. It may not be gatorade worthy but you will be moving.
- You can gain a sense of purpose. Creating your own food gives such a sense of pride, fulfillment and knowing that you can provide for your family. Who wouldn’t love that?
- Children who participate in gardening will also develop many benefits beyond learning how to take care of plants. In a study by the Children, Youth and Environments Center for Research and Design, researchers found that gardening can have a positive influence on children’s physical, emotional, intellectual, and social well-being.
Brent and his beanstalk have inspired me to start my own herb garden at home. I can’t wait to get more involved with our own garden at home. Brent will have to teach me how to do things. 🙂