With that in mind, here is a picture of my watermelon, taken on July 12. At this point I don't know if I will actually get any fruit from my watermelon. I did have another watermelon plant, but hubby accidentally worked it under when he worked my garden with the tractor...
Here is my zucchini. I have never had a problem growing zucchini before! I always have big, beautiful zucchini plants that produce so much zucchini that I am sick of zucchini long before it quits producing! I did buy another zucchini plant because zucchini is something we use a lot of.
Here is my pumpkin - or where my pumpkin was planted. It had a very short life. This one also had to be replaced. The kids requested pumpkins this year and I have a couple of fun projects that I want to use them for, so we needed a living pumpkin plant in the garden.
Why am I telling you this? Because I want you to know that if I can garden with my children, you can too!!! I will admit that when the kids were babies my garden was full of weeds all summer and I did not get near as much done as I would have liked to. But I took the kids out in the garden with me anyway and we have always enjoyed whatever we can do in the garden. As I watch my children in the garden this summer I feel satisfied that I am doing a good job where it counts. My plants might die and the weeds might take over, but the really important thing is happening. My children are learning and growing and enjoying the garden with me! We are having fun, learning to laugh at our mistakes and find joy in other people's accomplishments, (like Little Man's corn). I have seeded a love of gardening in their souls and as I watch my children in the garden this year I can see that those seeds have taken root deep within them and I am certain that even if my garden fails, my children are doing well and are flourishing in this environment!
Whether it is gardening or some other interest, sharing your interests with your children and working alongside them will always benefit both them and you! It may seem like a waste of time some days, when the "weeds" come crowding in, but never give up! Keep on plugging away, having fun with your children, knowing that in the end you are doing what really matters, growing future adults who will be responsible, confident and happy :) Keep up the good work, Mama!
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