This year, consider incorporating some kid-friendly projects to give your child a chance to participate in the gardening experience.
Whether you are planting a vegetable garden or simply potting one or two containers on your porch, vegetable gardening can help kids connect the process of growing food with what we eat.
Keep in mind some general guidelines for gardening with kids. Choose a project with a high rate of success. You want your child to see the fruits of her labor, so stick with tried-and-true plants that require minimal care. Explain the type of attention the plant requires and include your child in the day-to-day care of their gardening project. Make sure they have the proper tools. Child-size gardening gloves, a shovel for digging and a small watering can will help your child step into the role of gardener.
Here are a few simple project ideas to get started:
For more gardening inspiration, plan a trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory’s Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden, where upcoming projects include planting a sunflower seed and growing pea pods. Check out the full schedule of family activities at www.garfield-conservatory.org.
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