Potato Beds and Mine Craft

Yes, you read the title right, Potato Beds and Mine Craft. Let me share the story of how my son and I did the old barter and trade.

About a month ago, a seed company donated live potato plants for our community garden. I didn’t have the best place to put them in my raise beds, and I knew they needed to go in the ground quickly. My garden isn’t that big, but I work with what I have with an attitude of thankfulness and gratitude. I LOVE to garden, folks.

Last week, when I went for a walk with a friend and noticed one of the homes on our street was for sale. In the front yard, I saw a bunch of cinder blocks and wooden polls just laying out in the sun. I knew exactly what I could use them for. I called the realtor and asked if the owner needed them and she messaged me on Facebook and said, “Come and get them!”  With the help of my older children, we headed over, and loaded up the back of the truck with my gold mind! Talk about a kid in a candy store.

My husband and my older boy used the polls to rig a shade cloth over my herb garden. The shade cloth was also a gift, so it cost me nothing! That’s the real the way to garden on a homestead!

As for the cinder blocks, I planned to use them for my potato beds. But cinder blocks are heavy, as you probably already know. So I decided to ask my middle boy if he wanted to help with the building in exchange for extra time on Mine Craft.

Now, I won’t go into a rant about Mind Craft, but I will say that I would prefer my children to frolic outside rather than play with digital characters on a screen. But my boy enjoys it, and so I let them play in the afternoons. They have a set time which my husband and I have agreed upon. But my boy is always asking me what he can do to “earn” extra time.

So when I offered this work-for-play exchange, he readily agreed! He did most of the work, and what a fabulous job he did! And his reward? An extra 30 minutes of Mine Craft. He is one happy little man.

PS The BONUS? .ALL FREE!!! What a blessing!

Shalom to you,

Mama Bell

P.S. What are you growing this year? Leave a comment below!

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