I’m Growing Family Memories

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Every spring time I start to get the itch to get outside, spend time with my family and grow something. This year I’ve been plotting and planning for months and we are so excited to grow pumpkins, strawberries, and tomatoes. 


When I am growing all these fruits and veggies I’m not just growing food. I’m also growing memories with my family. 

We spend uninterrupted quality time picking out what to grow…

(I had no idea there were so many types of pumpkins!) and endless hours tending to our garden. It’s a labor of love and it is memories my children will remember forever. 


Because we dedicate so much to growing and nurturing our garden we have a few simple tips that we use each year to ensure our growing efforts are a success.

  1. Plant early. We don’t have to worry about frost around here so that is not a concern. We plant early to get the largest growing time possible. This makes for really big pumpkins.
  2. Research how much to water. Too much or too little can both hurt your plants.
  3. Weed regularly. Don’t let the weeds get all the water or sunlight.
  4. Assign everyone a task. Little ones can water and older ones can weed. Have weekly meetings about progress and goals.


I know that everyone has a different reason for why they grow. I grow for the family memories.

Heather Reese
the authorHeather Reese
Heather Delaney Reese is the storyteller and photographer behind the lifestyle and family travel blog, It's a Lovely Life®! For the past decade, she has vacationed over 150 days a year with her family. She is a vegan, and loves being by the water, spending time with her children, husband, 2 Shih Tzus and Cat.


  • The kids and I are excited about planting together this spring. We moved last year to a new home on acreage and now we are ready to start our garden. Also we have a mini-pumpkin patch growing out of pure accident from a left over Halloween pumpkin. My son thinks it is the coolest thing ever to watch grow.

  • I think growing for family memories is great. There is some great bonding time to be had while working in the garden.

  • We love Miracle Grow, it has helped us with our backyard garden for years. I want to try growing pumpkins now.

  • I grow because I love gardening and saving money on food. I also like that I’m teaching my kids, as well.

  • I want to plant a garden this summer, this sounds like a perfect product to use to get me started!

  • What wonderful pictures! I love pumpkins! Love the idea of incorporating memories with growing, such an awesome concept. Thanks for sharing!

  • She is too cute and wow, you grew those? We use Miracle Grow on our plants and the difference is huge! Makes me feel like I have a green thumb.

  • Soo excited for spring to be here and we can plant; miracle grow is ALWAYS by my side and I wouldn’t use anything else. Loved your pictures, ahh the memories.. thanks for sharing

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