Home > Great Big Greenhouse Blog > May 2017 > IN THE GARDEN with DOUG - GARDENING AND THE RITE OF PASSAGE


Do you ever wonder how you became interested in the hobby of gardening?  Gardening can be so rewarding and stressful at the same time.  Gardening can be hard work.  So, why do so many of us love the hard work, the cost, the stress, of gardening?  I guess we love getting dirty, sweaty, and soar from garden work.  There is no doubt to me that my legacy in life involves plants and the green industry.  As I get older I come to realize the importance that plants and gardening had with molding me into the person that I am today.  I grew up with gardening.  My parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles all had large gardens and did a lot of canning.  We all helped each other during the time of harvest.  As I became older and started my own family, I introduced my sons to gardening at a very early age.  I have pictures of them young enough to still be in diapers being outside with me in the garden with trowels in hand helping to plant vegetables and flowers. Today, they have their own homes and enjoy gardening and plants.  Now, I have a grandson that I can’t wait to help get him to love and appreciate nature and gardening.
                Today, it seems that a typical American family unit has evolved away from gardening.  Gardening is no longer an important bond that families use to come together and work together and spend time together. 
                However, I sense a change coming on.  The old saying “what goes around, comes around” seems to be fitting at this point.  People are becoming more interested again in growing their own vegetables and fruits because of the popularity of organic gardening, the health of our foods that we consume, raised bed gardening, community gardening.  And, I have worked with a couple of the local elementary schools that have started planting containers around the school.  And, I have spoken to classes about plants.  This is putting a smile on my face knowing that the school curriculum is beginning to involve plants once again.  Research has suggested children perform better at school if they are involved in gardening and many will develop a greater interest in healthy eating if they get to grow their own vegetables and fruits.
                Gardening and kids have a lot in common.  The most conspicuous similarities being that both like to pluck flowers, pick fruits and berries, find insects,  and get wet and dirty.  Playing outside in the dirt puts a smile on any kids’ face.  It’s a natural match.  We, as parents and adults and teachers can help nurture young peoples’ interest in horticulture by inviting them to help weed, water, plant, garden and just learn about plants.  This new generation needs to learn how to take care and save nature. 
                Inspiring children to enjoy plants and gardening can give them a healthy hobby for their whole lives.  
Posted: 5/31/2017 by Doug Hensel | with 0 comment(s)
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