Why Our Family Has A Garden In Town

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I have wanted to write this post for quite some time, and I am finally getting around to it. I feel so strongly about this, that it’s almost hard to put into words. Having a garden has brought our tiny family so much closer. Not just to each other, but to the Earth as well. There is no doubt in my mind, that having a garden has been the most beneficial, and educational decision we could have made, and for that reason we continue to do it every year.

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Gardening is something that takes a lot of hard work, determination, and sometimes research, but believe me it is worth it. Whether the only outdoor space you have is a city balcony, or you live on 50 acres, you can do it. Whether your children are babies or almost grown, just a small garden will fill them with unbelievable curiosity.

We live on a little lot in a small town, and in previous years we used cement block raised beds for our garden. Last summer, some of the kindest individuals we have ever met allowed us to plant a huge garden on their empty lot across the street from our home. Because of that, last summer was the most amazing experience we have had as a family. We worked so hard on that garden, and our family is so much closer because of it. Our children were able to plant the tiny seeds, and learn how they grow. They learned about eco-systems, the water cycle, patience, hard work, and so much more. The list is honestly never ending, and every year as they become older, there will be new lessons to be learned, and more knowledge to be gained.

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Our four-year-old always insists on planting our seeds, and kisses every one to give it love and help it grow. Our two-year-old fills her belly with onions, pulled right from the earth. We didn’t have many this fall because most of them made it to her mouth before the basket!

Every morning we would walk across the street to check on the garden. Our children would check on the baby melons, squealing with excitement if they grew a large amount from the previous days’ rain. Their shoes would get torn off immediately so that they could squish their little toes in the mud as they walked up and down the rows of corn, measuring how much taller it was than them that week. Our two-year-old always plopped down in her sun dress and snacked on kale and onions as the tall corn shaded her, while our four-year-old investigated what kind of creatures were eating the tomatoes at night. We had old spoons we left there for play, and both of our children would dig for things. Our four-year-old would always comment that he was being and Archaeologist, with Miss 2 following, “Me too! Me too!” We could stay at that garden for hours every day, and the family time we spent there was incredible.

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Not only were we able to watch our children play and learn, we all worked together towards a common goal- to help our plants grow. Even our 2-year-old helped pull weeds, water plants, and gather our harvest with her own special little bucket in hand. With their Daddy working during the day, it was so nice for all of us to have something to look forward to in the afternoons when he would arrive home. We would gather the supplies we needed, and hold hands as we crossed the street to that special place, and work until it was time for dinner on some nights. If we went on a weekend trip, it seemed like the first thing we all wanted to do (even before unloading the car), was check on the garden- to see what surprises it had for us.

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The pride we all feel that we are able to grow that nutritious food on our own, and put it on the table for our children is an indescribable feeling, especially living in town without much land. We were able to can over forty quarts of green beans this summer, more zucchini bread than we knew what to do with, a freezer full of tomato sauce, plus fresh veggies most of spring, summer, and fall.

You wonder what the cost must have been to do this? I believe we calculated it to cost 56 dollars. That is including the cost of seeds, starter plants, and the cumulative water bills.

We do not spend money on herbicides. We plant extra, so if anything happens, we still end up with plenty. It just takes time, and I promise no matter how busy you are, you can always find a little time to work in the garden. It definitely has a therapeutic quality.

Our yearly garden has taught our small children so many lessons, but the one I feel is most valuble, is this: The Earth can provide for us the things we need. That is a lesson many people do not seem to remember anymore.

People feel as though they need to rely on big businesses, grocery stores, and so many other man-made things that they forget the Earth is capable of giving us what we need. We just need to show it a little love. People think dirt on their food is discusting… well, I’m fairly certain the chemical ingredients in the french fries they are munching on are much worse.

If you still need more convincing….

An Urban Garden is:

  • Organic
  • Inexpensive/nearly free
  • You know where your food is coming from
  • No need to make extra store trips- just walk out and grab a tomato from the garden!
  • A garden provides you with the opportunity to educate your children about various different topics
  • Much more fresh than much of the produce you purchase from the store
  • Give it a try! Learn something new!
  • And just remember….

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23 thoughts on “Why Our Family Has A Garden In Town

  1. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    I really dont have a garden but a small terrace and have few plants in there. the eggplant is so giving last spring, summer. If only I have a place to plant I would cuz you are so spot on on the resons why we need to plant for food =) #TheOrdinaryMoments

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  2. mummydaddyme

    That quote at the end is beautiful and so right. It is such an important job to teach our little ones about the world we live in. Your garden sounds wonderful and I would love to be able to grow some of our fruit and veg- my eldest has a little veg patch at my Dads and she loves to go round and look at her creations when we visit.

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  3. kelcor80

    Your garden is wonderful! My mum is an avid gardener and grows her own vegetables and herbs. I love it when she gives me fresh silverbeet or broad beans or even coriander! Unfortunately I didn’t inherit a green thumb and everything I have attempted to grow either dies or is eaten by the dog. However your post has inspired me to try growing some fresh herbs with my toddler son. I’ll start small and take it from there. Thanks for the inspiration. Great post. #letkidsbekids

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    1. Riley-YoungEarthyMama

      Thank you so much! I actually don’t really have a green thumb either, but we have been gardening for four years now. Our first garden did not do so well, but every year we learn more and it gets better and better! I am so happy you have decided to grow some herbs with your son. Our children have always loved smelling and tasting the leaves of herbs.

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  4. kelcor80

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Love this. Given me inspiration to find my never used green thumb. Starting out with herbs and I’ll get my son to help!

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  5. HonestMum (@HonestMummy)

    Gorgeous garden! We moved earlier this year and my Mum, and gardener Ian have created such a wonderful garden for the kids with herb sections and fruit and veg-such important lessons for the kids to grow, pick and eat what they produce! Thanks for linking up to #brilliantblogposts

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  7. Karen Bell

    Its wonderful growing and nurturing your own plants, veg and food. A great lesson for children and a lovely thing to do together. I’d love to grow more in our garden.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsbeKids

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  8. leahgrammer

    I love having a garden! Sadly we end up moving right before we harvest. But the beginning is fun and I love feeling the fresh earth beneath my feet. I have a boy who eats tomatoes like crazy! We plant extra plants because of him… just so we can get a few

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  9. Dawn Boyer

    Gardening is a fantastic family activity that provides abounding blessings because of it, there are really no negatives. Now is the time to get your seed catalogs out and start looking! Do you have a favorite? I like Baker Creek Heirloom seeds and one of my favorite seeds to start early are leeks so I can get them in the garden and enjoy them early! They make the most amazing base for soups!

    Blessings from one homeschooling garden lover to another!
    Dawn

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  10. flipflopbarnyard

    I love seeing people doing what they can where they are and growing their own food. It is the best way to raise a family in my opinion. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop!

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  15. Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom

    This is wonderful!

    We live in a townhouse and we have a decent sized fenced yard. A couple years I put in a vegetable garden and I love it! My children love it too.

    Thanks for sharing and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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