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Gardening with Kids

I think the secret to gardening with kids is to not care too much about what actually grows. This is an adventure that is much more about the journey than the destination. If you are the sort to want to plant a garden that you can actually harvest, then perhaps you should have two gardens, one that the kids help with and one you do on your own. That’s not to say that the kids’ garden won’t produce lovely plants, just that it may not be as predictable as a well ordered garden.

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If you are looking for some help with how to incorporate gardening into your kids’ outdoor activities, look no further than Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots, by Sharon Lovejoy. This is a fabulous book with all kinds of ideas about what to plant, what to do with what grows and how to plan gardening activities for kids.

Add a set of kids garden tools

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and a wheel barrow

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and you’ll have a crop of something exciting by summer’s end. Or at least when you’re gardening with kids a lot of good, not-so-clean fun digging in the dirt.

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4 comments… add one

  • Sammy April 14, 2009, 9:10 pm

    It’s good thing to teach children about the importance of preserving nature, and one way to do it effectively is by teaching them one or two things about gardening.

  • Joella Molson April 17, 2009, 12:50 pm

    I am an avid gardener and I often have my neighbors kids over to plant seeds. They love sunflowers especially and later in the season they love to come over and taste test the veggies & herbs. Never can start them too young!

  • Janie Knetzer April 28, 2009, 2:20 am

    I love the idea of of having little ones share in gardening activities. There is no better way than “hands on” when it comes to teaching kids.

    Excellent!

  • Nilofer August 1, 2009, 3:53 am

    I love gardening. But as I stay in an apartment, I had to do away with many of my plants. And then a few months back, I started gardening at home so that my son Umar understands nature well.
    I asked a local guy to make an iron stand and now have about 20 plants. Each morning, I show Umar how each plant has grown. I make him smell the flowers, see their colours and how they are growing. He likes it a lot. These days its raining, but otherwise we both used water the plants together. I tell him that he is supposed to plant the small plants slowly else they wil get hurt etc.
    He loves doing this and I suppose he’ll be really excited if I get him his own garden tools. Nice blog. Keep it going…
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    http://parentingworkshop.blogspot.com
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