When you read the title of this blog did you think, weeds? Alas you are mistaken. I am thinking more of bonding with people than of weeds that seem to find their way into a garden. A lot of what you see in commercials or in stores are meant to make gardening easier. Some of those inventions are great! I love the hose that has holes already pierced into it so that when you turn on the hose, the water sprinkles out therefore more effectively watering the garden. I also think some ideas are not so good to help those whom I lovingly term “gardening challenged”. For instance, I recently saw a commercial for one of the big hardware stores advertising a twist on grass patch. Instead of the grass seed it had flower seeds. I don’t approve of these mixed bags and feel that they tend to add undesirable seeds into them. Those who have a hard time growing things will be discouraged rather that delighted by what grows. What i s lost sometimes in these fancy inventions is what it means to be in the garden. I have mentioned before that I love the fact that my mom inspired me to garden. There is real bonding there in the fact your working together, in that you have a common interest and a common goal to see what you are doing succeed. When two people work side by side to create beauty there are boundless rewards. My kids have loved spending time with me planting vegetable seeds and watching them take off. One year we tried our hands at growing string beans. The satisfaction they got when they watched it grow and later were able to pick, cook and eat the beans was pure magic. This year one of my children are growing parsley and basil from seed. He checks on it everyday to see if it needs water, how it is growing and watching its progress. It’s hard to describe how it feels to garden with someone you care about. I think it is a very basic emotion. It’s not something you can buy, or try to make up, it comes naturally. Which in the end, is the point.