Gardening with Kids

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School is officially out for the summer and a lot of parents and guardians are looking for fun activities for kids. A home garden can serve as an outdoor classroom for showing your kids how and where we get our food while connecting them to nature and the environment. To ensure a successful gardening experience with your child, start small. The best way to kill any interest in gardening is to make it seem like an overwhelming chore. For younger kids’ sandbox-sized plot, container gardens, or even a small herb garden is perfect for younger kids.

Extra ways to get the younger kids involved:

  • Give them their own child-sized tools
  • Have them create plant tags, using pictures for non-readers
  • Give them a pint-sized watering can to use.

So, what type of vegetables or flowers are ideal for kids to plant? Steer them toward large-seeded or fast-growing plants such as:

  • pole beans
  • sunflowers
  • radishes
  • corn
  • morning glories
  • cucumbers
  • pumpkins

Having a themed garden like a pizza garden, salsa garden, or one with rainbow-colored vegetables tends be popular with older kids. Remember to keep it organic; kids and chemicals don’t mix!

Gardening is not only a great learning experience it has also been a proven fact that children are more likely to try a new vegetable or fruit if they have grown it themselves. So have fun this summer planting and trying new gardening experiences!

This article is referenced by the LSU AgCenter, and almanac.com

8/15/2022 7:37:04 PM
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