Liza Detomasi, Workman Farms
Gardening has been known to reduce stress, lower blood pressure, put you in a good mood and you benefit from the flavorful fresh produce. In addition to being good for your health gardening can be a great interactive learning experience for your kids. If you are interested in starting a garden with your kids here are a few tips.
Step One: Location options
Be sure to choose a location in your yard that receives 10 hours of sunlight, with nutrient soil. You can also poke holes in the bottom of a clear storage bin filled with dirt so the kids can watch root vegetables grow around the sides; a DIY version of this.
Step Two: Choose your veggies
The best way to get kids interested in gardening is to have them get involved at the very beginning. Take them to a nursery and show them all the different varieties of tomato and pepper plants. Have them pick a couple plants to take care of. Radishes and carrots are favorites because you can start picking them in a month. Some good choices for our area are:
- Green beans
Step Three: Have fun!
Choose a themed garden that your child might like.
- Hamburger garden: lettuce, tomato, onion, pickling cucumbers
- Salsa garden: tomatoes, peppers, onion, cilantro, tomatillos
- Stir fry garden: snow peas, carrots, broccoli, scallions
- Spaghetti garden: tomatoes, peppers, rosemary, thyme, oregano, basil, onions, garlic
Never be afraid to ask your local nursery questions!