For many years my job at church was to be the chorister for the Primary children, ages 4-12. We sang and sang and sang and sang every week. I loved it and loved making visual aids and finding pictures to help the children learn the songs. This time of year, we always sang a song about gardening that went like this:
1. The prophet said to plant a garden, so that’s what we’ll do.For God has given rich brown soil, the rain and sunshine too.And if we plant the seeds just right and tend them carefully,Before we know, good things will grow to feed our family.
2. We’ll plant the seeds to fill our needs, then plant a few to spare,And show we love our neighbors with the harvest that we share.Oh, won’t you plant a garden, too, and share the many joysA garden brings in health and love to happy girls and boys!
- Words and music: Mary Jane McAllister Davis, 1925-1988. (c) 1982 IRI
Here is a link to the piano music: https://www.lds.org/music/library/childrens-songbook/the-prophet-said-to-plant-a-garden?lang=eng
Those words went through my mind this week when I showed the kids how to plant our garden. I think they are realizing I won’t be here much longer and they’d better learn how it’s done. They will be the gardeners the next three years!
We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, zucchini, yellow crook necked squash, and lots of varieties of sunflowers and pumpkins in the playground. Summer favorites. The herbs–chives, parsley, dill and onions have come back from last year. I’m already feeling a little sad that I won’t be here to harvest and share with neighbors and friends.
Funny how ownership has transferred. The kids are keeping a careful eye on their garden now. “Mom, have our tomatoes grown??–Let’s go look.” I’ve noticed they wander by the garden every now and again. That never happened before. It makes me feel happy.