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Gardening with kids

By , June 4th, 2013 | Exercise | 1 Comment

Liza Detomasi, Workman Farms

Kids veggie gardenGardening 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:

Early Spring:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Strawberries
  • Cilantro

Late Spring:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Squash
  • Green beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Oregano

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!

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