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Kids and Fall Gardening: Make It Fun!

September 14th, 2011

If you’re a fall gardener and you have children, you can provide them with wonderful, educational experiences via your garden and plants. From exploring nature to delving into biology to showing older, budding chefs how to prepare simple dishes with fresh fare from the garden, you can plant nurturing and inquisitive seeds inside your children that can last a lifetime. And with kids getting back to school, it’s also a great way to foster a sense of learning and study.

A fall garden is home to a wonderful variety of bugs that make great biology subjects. When you and your kids come across bugs, you can educate your kids on the roles that each bug plays in the garden. We even have blog posts dedicated to garden heroes and villains (bugs!), including Garden Villain: Itsy Bitsy Spider Mites, Garden Hero: The Green Lacewing, AKA Aphid Lions, Garden Villain: The Leafhopper, and more.

Do you have a child that displays a love for drawing? A fall garden provides the perfect environment for sketching…You never know: you may have a future naturalist or scientist in your family. From plants to insects, sketching has a long history as a means of scientific investigation. Surprise your artistic child with a blank journal and colored pencils for their “field notes,” and then teach them how to observe bugs and plants and jot down notes. From the behaviors of a specific bug to the colors of a Red Express Cabbage as it matures, there are so many sketching opportunities to be found in a fall garden. Another great activity for a budding artist is to have him or her draw a plant as it grows from a seedling to maturity.

If you have a child that loves food and loves to help in the kitchen, a fall garden can be a great source of inspiration and creativity. Teach your future chef how to tell when lettuce, broccoli and other fall garden vegetables are ready for harvesting. When it’s time to make a salad with your home grown foods, walk your child through the salad making process, from harvesting the vegetables right from the garden to cleaning the vegetables to preparing the vegetables for a salad. Talk about our five senses and have your child describe how each one is affected by, say, a head of lettuce. Before you know it, you’ll have your own personal salad maker and a child who is eager to experiment with a variety of healthy tastes and textures.

Kids + Vegetable Gardening + Fun = A Love for the Freshest, Healthiest Foods

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2 Responses to “Kids and Fall Gardening: Make It Fun!”

  1. [...] Children are fascinated by plants and animals, especially if the outcome is edible or impressive. The only problem is that they’re also quite quick to lose interest when less-than-spectacular results are achieved after a long wait. Obviously there’s an element of risk to cultivating any plant, but we felt we should draw up a list of the plants we found the easiest and the most satisfying to grow. Most of them don’t require too much specialist knowledge, and nearly all of them can be grown in confined spaces. All of them will capture the minds of youngsters and adults alike, hopefully inspiring more people to grow their own vegetables at home. [...]

  2. [...] Children are fascinated by plants and animals, especially if the outcome is edible or impressive. The only problem is that they’re also quite quick to lose interest when less-than-spectacular results are achieved after a long wait. Obviously there’s an element of risk to cultivating any plant, but we felt we should draw up a list of the plants we found the easiest and the most satisfying to grow. Most of them don’t require too much specialist knowledge, and nearly all of them can be grown in confined spaces. All of them will capture the minds of youngsters and adults alike, hopefully inspiring more people to grow their own vegetables at home. [...]

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