I was lucky enough to be helping our kids class at church on a Thursday night when we were showing them how to plant sunflower seeds. This went along with a discussion about planting seeds in people about the gospel of Jesus Christ. But then we are not only just to plant the seeds but we need to cultivate them and then harvest them. During this lesson we were going to plant the seeds and then only water two of the three rows. Hopefully they would see the difference it makes to cultivate and water and weed.
The seeds that germinated and were taken care of should grow healthier than the ones that were left alone. I found several tips evident after helping with this lesson:
Don’t, willy-nilly, hand out sharp pointy farming equipment to children who have been looking forward to the last day of school for weeks. They might not be as safe as we would expect them to be. I am surprised I didn’t make a trip to the hospital…
Do where good shoes for digging with shovels and such. Many of us had flip-flops and sandals and the ground was very hard. It made it tricky to get the dirt loosened up without getting hurt or falling down. If anyone has worked with kids, as an adult, that is the wrong thing to do. You never, never want to fall down in front of the kids!
Do have enough tools and jobs for all the kids. It is very important that everyone have something to do. Otherwise there is a lot of girls chasing boys and stuff and more opportunity for kids to get hurt. Most of the boys wanted to throw dirt clods and the girls wanted to stand around and talk, but we were able to get them all involved.
Don’t forget what you planted and where. It makes it easier for mowing and stuff if you remember where it was. Especially if someone else mows the yard or area.
Do always scope out the area you will be planting in to make sure that it will hold up well to the weather. You don’t want too much water to gather when it rains and you also don’t want it to dry out too quickly and leave the seeds too dry. As you can see in the picture we did not choose wisely. It will be a miracle if the seeds survive the huge amounts of rain that we have been getting lately!