Last week, we enjoyed some warm sunny days — the temperatures even reached the mid-70s! If you’re ready to spend some time outdoors, you might consider planting a family garden. You’ll get your hands dirty, share some quality time, and learn a lot in the process.
And you don’t even need a lot of space. Your children can still discover their green thumbs by planting seeds in containers. We’ve planted small flowerbeds and had large pots of cherry tomatoes. They were easy projects that were low-maintenance and fun to do.
If you’re not sure where to begin, don’t worry. There are plenty of websites to get you started. Here are a few of them:
No-Dig-VegetableGarden.com – This site features information on how to create raised-bed gardens with your children. You’ll find tips on how to plan your garden; vegetables, fruits, and herbs to consider; sowing guidelines; container gardens; tools to use; and more!
KidsGardening.org – This site was developed for parents and teachers who want to help kids get started gardening. Click on the “Parents’ Primer” link to find articles about gardening with children of any age, garden designs, theme gardens, garden structures, garden care, and garden safety.
KiddieGardens.com – Here you’ll find lots of information about gardening with children, from growing vegetables to wildlife gardening to creating a garden for your toddler. You’ll also find pages featuring outdoor games and learning activities that incorporate math, science, nature, and environmental studies. How-to guides are also available, with directions for growing carrots, lettuce, potatoes, and strawberries.
JMGKids.us – If you have a large group of students who are interested in gardening, such as a co-op class or 4-H group, check out the Junior Master Gardener site. You’ll find teacher resources, activities, and instructions on how to register your group for state and national awards and contests.
Article by Samantha Bell
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