early on how to grow food and give back.
Teaching your kids to grow fruits and vegetables
is smart & simple.
May and June are great times to buy kids vegetable starts that will
be sure to flourish when planted. An organic patio garden or several
patio gardens placed in key locations; are a great way to keep your
kids busy while you are relaxing, working in the kitchen, or doing
other outdoor tasks.
Don’t be afraid to put your kids to work and have them help put some
food on the kitchen table? They certainly did in the olden days, in
fact many families still function like that but not nearly enough.
This is a life-skill that all should have as you never know when you
will need to put it into action. You never know when they will want
to give back to a greater cause.
How to Make an Organic Kid’s Garden:
Find a sunny location where plants are sure
For EACH child, buy a large wooden barrel and
fill with organic dirt. Don’t use pesticides as your kids will
be digging around with their bare hands, and maybe even eating
the dirt. Remember playing with dirt is half the fun of their
garden. By using a large container, and organic fill dirt, you
can easily control the quality of dirt that your children are
playing in. Organic dirt is especially important for kids with
skin problems, allergies, or asthma.
Buy starts or sprout your own seeds indoors
of tomatoes, green beans, carrots, zucchinis, squash, potatoes,
strawberries, herbs and other simple plants that are easy to
Promote how much fun it is for them to get to
water their garden each day! Find them a kids sized watering
can. Do watch out for over watering though!
Make a big deal when the 1st vegetable ripens
and prepare a special meal with their fruits or veggies.
Emphasize how nutritious fresh fruits or
vegetables are, picked right off the vine!
Have them weed their own garden each day and
hand remove bugs, slugs, and snails.
Use the opportunity of growing vegetables to
teach your kids appreciation for all the work that goes in to
producing food, in hopes that they will become less wasteful
Teach them the botany behind how plants grow,
and briefly explain how the plants use energy from the sun to
make sugar and chlorophyll.
If you have more space you can create a
larger organic garden for your kids!
For Those With
Plant easy to grow produce for them to tend
to like strawberries, blueberries, gooseberries, potatoes,
carrots, and squash liberally. Make it their “summer project” to
grow food for the family to enjoy.
Train green beans to grow up stakes and by
August your kids will have more beans than they know what to do
Grow a whole apple orchard or plant other
trees for them to play hide and go seek in.
Build a green house for growing herbs,
tomatoes and peppers.
Make an organic compost bin and teach them
about composting and how worms digest plant materials to make
Teach them the difference between a “weed and
an herb”. Weeds are typically invasive plants. Herbs are “weeds”
that have medicinal properties. Common herbs to learn about are
dandelions, nettles, red clover, plantain, and cleavers.
Remember that if you have a garden of your own,
avoid the use of heavy pesticides and go organic when at all
possible. Organic dirt is vitally important for the kids and pets
that actively play in your garden.