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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Gardening - Getting Kids Started!

Tips for Gardening with Kids
  1. Begin with visiting a garden store.  Let kids look around and select their own vegetables and/or flowers to grow.  Give them a limit of how many they can purchase (or $ amount) so they will have to make their choices  This is a great real-life opportunity to practice decision-making skills!!!
  2. If they have their own little rake and gloves, great, if not. picking out their own can get them excited about the process.
  3. Basil is a great to begin with since it grows fast, and the kids can help at dinnertime by easily tearing it up and adding it to dishes.  Tomatoes and beans are great as well as they are quick growers.  Fast growing plants are wonderful for the kids will get to see results quickly.
  4. Let them help pick the spot for their garden or help with the design of the garden to get them more involved and excited about it.
  5. Have them plant seeds in the shape of their name, initials or if you have enough space the whole alphabet - to make it more fun! 
We planted our tomato and pepper seeds a few weeks ago and now have some seedlings.  As soon as we can we will be planting our cool weather veggies.  Praying this is the end of the snow/winter?

"All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children."  Isaiah 54:13

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