Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Gardening with Kids

Posted by Cecile at Wednesday, January 21, 2009
In three months time, it will be time to do some gardening in to our backyard and front yard. And our kid/kids would like to help for sure. Here are some tips on how to garden with kids. I just wished we live in a house where there is enough space to plant veggies, fruits, flowers and herbs just like the one we have back in Texas.

Teach your kids how to garden by giving them their own small plot (figure A) that they can nurture and observe.
Make a sign for the garden with your child’s name (figure B).
To hold her interest until the seeds sprout, plant a few existing plants in containers (figure C).
Mark each plant with the tag or seed packet (figure D).

Let her pick what she wants to grow. Steer her towards quick growing plants like lettuce and cucumbers. Include bright flowers at child height like zinnias and cosmos. Kids are amazed by towering sunflowers. Plant them in a semi-circle for the feeling of a flower playhouse. Be sure to teach your child to avoid poison ivy. When you’re finished, wash with a poison ivy removal scrub in case one of you came in contact with the plant’s toxin. By letting kids have control of their own garden, you’ll be surprised at how much they’ll grow!

3 comments:

Fhaye said...

Gardening is one of my hobby whenever I go to my hometown in Batangas.

Been busy for the past few days, I wasn't able to drop by at your blogs.

chubskulit said...

hello ate, rylie always help when I am gardening...

Ate I have posted something here, as a thank you for supporting and comforting me during my tough times, hope you guys like it.

cats said...

HI! Great post!

Kids can learn SO MUCH from gardening. Even "just the food" part is valuable, but it can mean so much more. A feeling of connection to the EARTH is a wonderful thing!

Erika sent us a great story about teaching her children to value LEARNING through gardening. Great video, check it out here:
ahamoment.com/pg/moments/view/2265

Hope you like it!

Cheers.
-Mike
mike@ahamoment.com / Mutual of Omaha

 

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