For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign LORD will make righteousness and praise
spring up before all nations. – Isaiah 61:11
This is Part 1 in a series detailing our family’s journey into Square Foot Gardening, how we applied it to homeschooling, and how we are using the experience to train our children to love and honor God.
Our gardening saga started a couple of years ago when a family friend overheard my wife and I bantering back and forth about the topic of gardening. My wife was “encouraging” me to plant a garden. In response, I was reminiscing about my childhood experiences in gardening with her. The conversation went something along the lines of this:
Beautiful Wife: “Why don’t we plant a garden this year? It would be great to have fresh vegetables and the kids would have fun seeing things grow.”
Supportive Husband (Me): “That’s great! I hope that when you say “we” you are referring to yourself and a mouse you have in your pocket. However, if by “we” you mean that I get to clear, till, plant, weed, mulch, water and maintain while the kids watch, I think we might have a problem. I’ve helped in a few gardens over the years and I know how much work it is. I would, however, be happy to show you where the garden tools are kept.”
It was at this point that our friend uttered the words that would lead us on a garden saga that would have been unimaginable to me a few years ago.