Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Gardening is a life skill that it is a pleasure to pass down through the generations.

My dad used to love being in the garden and at weekends he would put on his working clothes and his gardening boots and toil away for hours, mowing the lawn with an old Qualcast push mower, tidying up the flower beds and borders and most of all looking after the vegetable plot at the bottom of the garden.  There were always a couple of rows of potatoes that needed earthing up, brasicas that needed to be inspected for cabbage white caterpillars and some rows of beans that needed tying in.

One of the nice things about this was that while he did this he encouraged me to help and passed on his knowledge and his tips – always sow runner beans on June 6th is one that always sticks in my mind for some reason.  To encourage my interest he would let me have the responsibility of looking after the easiest plants, the lettuce and the radish, those that could be relied upon to germinate quickly and to grow without too much trouble or the need for constant attention.

In my turn I taught my own children about seeds and plants and gardening and growing fresh vegetables so I was delighted when my daughter sent me this picture of my granddaughter looking after her seedlings in a way that I can remember doing myself under the supervision of my dad.

9 responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

  1. An extremely pretty granddaughter! How wonderful it is that children are still being encouraged to garden and to learn about caring for things…There comes a time when electronics takes over and the only things that you care about are material things…such a shame that life has to change. Innocence is bliss!


  2. She is adorable and it’s good to know that such passion is being passed on from generation to the next. Keep it up!


  3. Children are curious about everything. Why not gardening too?Such a lovely way to spend time together while teaching them the miracles of seeds, earth, sun and rain. Beautiful post and more beautiful granddaughter, Andrew.


  4. HI Andrew,
    It was lovely to read how your Dad encouraged you to garden. I wonder whether the June 6 for runner beans date would work over here?

    Your grand daughter’s really cute.


  5. Same nose, same jaw, probably related – but she is very good looking after all.


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