Now it is fall vegetable planting season. School has already started, its time to get children involved in gardening. Very few schools have gardening programs, so if the children are not taught at home, they grow up thinking carrots come from a bag and peas from a can.
The benefits of gardening with children are plentiful. Children are notoriously finicky about eating many vegetables. If they grow it themselves, they are more likely to eat it. Growing vegetables gives self confidence and builds a child’s self esteem. When they harvest the food, they get a great sense of accomplishment. It brings families together.
Have the children involved in the decision making early on. Let them have an active role in deciding what vegetables to plant. Look through seed catalogues and order together. Go to the plant nurseries together and pick out some young tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, collards and some herbs. Easy seeds to grow include radish, string beans, broccoli and carrots.
Radishes are a wonderful crop to grow because they are quick to mature. Most radishes have a thirty day turnover. If you have an apartment, you can still garden on your terrace. Buy some large pots, at least a five gallon size or larger. Once the plants mature, make sure you water more often since they require more water at this time. Buy some fertilizer as well.
Your children will always remember the happy times in the garden and in the kitchen preparing the vegetables as well. Happy planting and happy eating, they are both wonderful family activities.
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