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I have been talking a lot about gardening around here lately. So it seems only fitting that I finally talk a little about gardening with kids. Having the kids help with the garden is rewarding but sometimes stressful. My poor onions this year. The kids trampled the transplants and I replanted them several times already.
Below are several tips that make gardening with the kids easier and more enjoyable for all of us.
Kid Sized Garden Tools - This year the kids both got their own set of garden tools for Easter. They each got a little hand shovel and kid sized long handled shovels, rakes and hoes. They are easier for the kids to use and now my tools are just mine.
Plant Something Fast Growing - Reid loves checking on the garden and seeing what has sprouted, whats growing, etc. But most plants don't change that quickly. So one of the first things we plant each year is a row of peas. They sprout fast, grow fairly quick and make for a yummy garden snack while checking on everything else.
Have a "Play Garden" - We have a small area next to my garden that is the kids garden. Its a place where they can dig holes, make mud pies or plant the left over seeds however they want (6 sunflower seeds per hole).
Think Simple - Digging holes for transplants, pulling weeds from the walkways, watering the plants or picking ripe vegetables are fun garden tasks for my kids. Most of the time they get bored after a few minutes of a particular task and leave the rest to me, but they do help for a bit.
Grow Something They Picked - For the last couple years, I have took Reid with me to the greenhouse and let him pick out something for the garden that is all his. Last year, he picked pickling cucumbers and he helped transplant, water and then harvest his plant. Although, they would not have been picked by me, we ended up with jars upon jars of pickles that everyone enjoyed. We haven't made the trip to the greenhouse yet this year but I am curious on what he will pick.
Be Prepared - Sometimes its a quick trip to the garden to check on the plants and sometimes we spend most of the day in the garden, either way I always make sure that I have applied sunscreen on everyone.
Blue Lizard® is available at Walmart so I can pick some up, along with more garden goodies all in one trip. Also, if you join iBotta, you can earn $3.00 when you purchase the 5oz bottle of Blue Lizard® Baby.
* Parents should consult with their pediatrician before using any sunscreen on a child younger than 6 months.
How do you get your kids involved in the garden?
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