Digging In: Tips on Starting a Family Garden

Happy Spring!! It truly is a reminder that all things arerenewed! One of my very favorite things to do with my kiddos, ever since they were little, is have them help plant a garden! Not only is it fun to play in the dirt, but it teaches them an important lesson in responsibility. Typically, three things are needed to help you get ready to plant a garden- sunlight, good soil and water! There are many great websites out there that help with suggestions on these things.

I want to encourage you to have your kiddos “dig in” and help you with the family garden! Here are some tips how and reasons why! Happy Planting!

1.  Get them involved!  Kids love to dig in dirt & get there little hands dirty.   Get them involved right from the start. Let them help you select what your going to grow and actually plant the seeds in the dirt.  Lettuce, green beans, and tomatoes are all easy to grow and do not require a lot of maintenance. For flowers, marigolds are a good pick!

2.  Think small.  When gardening with kids think small.  Small tools, small in size, and small attention spans.  It’s important to encourage your child to be involved in the entire process.  Planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting. Make it doable for them.   Your garden can grow a little bit each year as your children get older.

3. Life Lessons.  Growing something will give your kiddos a sense of accomplishment.  It will also help you spend some quality time outside together. More importantly, if you let them help you harvest the vegetables they might even be tempted to eat them!  They did grow them themselves!

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