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How Kids Can Help in the Garden

Gardening benefits kids’ health and well-being as well as their attitudes towards learning and the environment. It captures their interest, gives them a sense of pride in their accomplishments, and introduces them to healthful foods. From helping you to mulch and pull weeds at age 3 to garnering active and engaging connections to science, math, and nutrition as they get older, kids will benefit from the nurturing experience of gardening for years to come.
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Check out these ideas on how you can get your kids involved in gardening.

5 Fruits & Veggies Kids Can Easily Grow
5 Fruits & Veggies Kids Can Easily Grow: 5 Easy Ways to Help : Kids in the Garden: Grow Your Own: A Vegetable Garden How-To Guide : Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org

      Tomatoes (Seed Packets)
      Cucumbers (Seeds Packets)
      Carrots (Seeds Packets)
      Watermelon
      Cantaloupe



5 Easy Ways Kids Can Help in the Garden 5 Easy Ways Kids Can Help in the Garden: 5 Easy Ways to Help : Kids in the Garden: Grow Your Own: A Vegetable Garden How-To Guide : Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org

      Planting

        • Put seeds in numbered containers. Mark each section of the garden with the corresponding location.
        • Let children dig holes for the seeds. Give them a ruler so they know exactly how far they need to dig down.

      Watering

        • Use an adjustable water wand on the gentlest setting.
        • Demonstrate holding the wand high enough and slowly moving it back and forth to avoid mudslides and puddles.
        • Avoid using watering cans until seedlings begin to emerge.

      Raking

        • Have your kids make a fun design in the dirt with the rake.
        • Have a raking race. The first one to make her/his area the smoothest, wins!
        • Have your kids see how many different sizes/colors of rocks they can find while raking (this will keep their attention).

      Harvesting

        • Harvest with kid-size scissors. Using scissors, cut lettuces and greens just above the soil. Also use scissors when harvesting berries or other fruits and vegetables with thin stems.
        • Let the kids rinse freshly picked produce to remove the dirt and debris. Use a deep container filled with cleaning water. After you pick each ripe fruit or vegetable, allow them to clean it. Change water when it becomes extremely dirty.

      Measuring

        • Use a twig, stick, or small branch to "draw" the garden design in the soil.
        • Draw the design by sprinkling white play sand.
        • Use carefully placed pebbles, gravel, or small stones to create the outlines of your shapes.
        • Create markers with each fruit and vegetable labeled on them. Allow your kids to mark where they would like to plant each fruit or vegetable.

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