Welcome to Kids in the Garden; Learning and Growing, a month long series to inspire parents and teachers to garden with their children. In addition to our regular blog posts, we will be featuring gardening articles with tips and advice from some amazing writers, parents, and teachers. This article contains affiliate links.
I am excited to introduce you to our first author of this series, Birute Efe author of Playtivities. Not only is Birute a talented writer, but when you learn that English is her 3rd language, be prepared to be impressed! She up-cycles household materials to make learning activities for her kids, creates fun art projects, makes learning math fun and will be moving to their own farm this month!
Getting Your Garden Started in 3 Steps
Step 1. Introduction to seeds. And why our family chooses heirloom seeds.
How do you get heirloom seeds?
- A nonprofit source where you can purchase/exchange heirloom seeds such as Seed Savers Exchange.
- Online Companies such as Annie’s Organic Seeds or Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Or you can still find some heirloom seeds or plants in your local farmers market.
Step 2. Deciding on what to plant.
- sweet pees, “because they are so sweet and crunchy”
- tomatoes and cucumbers, “because they are so juicy and runny and we love them in the salads”
- lettuce, “because we eat salad every day”
- sunflower, “because it’s pretty”
- pumpkin, “because it grows so easy and big”
- eggplant, “because there are so many delicious ways to cook it”
- variety of herbs, “because we love the smell of it and we put it every dish”
Step 3. Gathering Gardening Tools and Kid Friendly Garden Labels
As a fun part of it for the kids we decided to make some rock garden markers. The kids painted the rocks in the color of the plant and I wrote the name on each rock. This fun activity definitely got started us on talking more about different vegetables and flowers.
Paint the rocks and allow to dry. Then write the name of the plants on each rock with a paint marker and place next to the plant. This also connects literacy and gardening!
Gardening with kids should be a fun activity. And what could be more exciting than a cute watering can to water those new plants and flowers while they grow or new colorful gloves to work with in the soil. Actually, we are getting the cutest Kids Garden Tool Set with few kid size tools and a tote for easy caring.
I truly hope that our family’s gardening plans inspire you at least a little bit to get out there and plant a seed with your children. #plantaseed