Gardening With Your Kids

       By: David Miller
Posted: 2009-04-05 08:25:33
Summer is on the way, it will be here before you know it. One of the greatest things you can do with your kids is to plant a garden, but you must beware or you may be buying new kids bedding. Be prepared to have some dirty kids. Be on the watch for your kids bedding, because it may be in danger. Most parents understand that kids are fascinated by digging in the dirt. Your kids will have to take their baths before going to their rooms to play.This can be a delightfully happy time for both the parents and the children. Of course, like most things in this world gardening can be complicated. What kind of a garden do you want to plant? There are vegetable, herb or flower gardens, or maybe you will make a combination of one or more of these choices. If you do not have enough room to make a garden or your landlord won't permit you to dig up the ground, you can still have your garden in pots, consider planting cherry tomatoes and basil in pots. Another way is to participle in a local farm co-op. Participants receive fresh vegetables in exchange for volunteering for a few hours on the farm each month. Whatever you choose, you do need a plan. It doesn't matter where you live, you can have a garden that will be valuable to your family, and the best part is that your children will have a great time learning and playing in the dirt. If you are a serious gardener, you will want to check the pH of the ground. The pH scale goes from 0 (very acid) to 14 (very alkaline), with 7 being neutral. Most soils in home landscapes are going to range from 6.0 to 7.5. Extreme pH levels are fairly unusual, but can still be found. If you do a search on line you can find pH meters for as little as twenty dollars. Keep in mind that you can use this year after year. If you ask when you buy your seeds, most places will be helpful giving you the information you will need to be successful. This is something that you can teach your children. Not all plants like the same kind of ground and temperatures. Kids will be fascinated and pick up a lot of information rapidly. Children are proud of themselves when they learn new things.

Depending on where you live, you should plant different vegetables at different times. For instance in Wisconsin, or other colder states like Minnesota, Michigan or northern Iowa you will want to plant things such as radishes and peas early because they grow better when the nights are still a little on the cool side. This means you would want to plant these things around the middle to the end of May. By the time these vegetables are being harvested, it will be time to plant your tomatoes, onions, lettuce and so on.

Your children will be excited to see the plants as they sprout. Teach them that they must water and pull the weeds so your plants can grow up and be strong enough to produce the crop you will harvest in the later summer or fall. Kids are excited to see the fruit starting to develop from a flower. This is a great time to explain about pollination and how important bees are to us.
There are lessons all the way to the final stage which is when your vegetables are mature and ready to harvest. Think of the fun your kids will have while learning the lesson that nature has to teach us about our food. There are lessons to learn about from soil treatment to pollination and finally harvesting the crop. What a wonderful way for kids to learn where their food comes from.My name is Dave miller. I have been self employed for twenty years before retiring. I have built and owned two small mini malls. Currently I have an internet store. Please click on my link and go to my website I know you will enjoy your shopping experience there! Thank You!
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