gardening with kids

Plant a Seed & Watch It Grow!


 

KIDS & GARDENS: GROWING WATERMELON IN A CONTAINER

watermelon-growing

What’s better than bringing home a watermelon from your local grocery store? Picking one out at the Farmers’ Market or picking one off the vine at a U-Pick farm. What’s even better than that? Picking one from your own garden!

Watermelons need lots of room, as they grow on a vining plant. In a small space, you can grow them upright in a pot on a trellis. As the fruit grows, you’ll need to use netting, stretchable cloth or a bag to create a hammock to support it.

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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary…


 

HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?

Lettuce photoDo your kids know where healthy food comes from? (Hopefully they realize it’s not from a convenience store or the drive-up window of a fast food restaurant!)

One of the best ways for children to learn about where the good food on your family table originates–and one of the best ways for them to learn to love it–is to grow it themselves.

Think about it: How much more likely is your daughter to eat a salad she makes herself–from ingredients she grew herself–than a salad plopped down in front of her at the table with the words, “Eat it. It’s good for you”? (“I don’t eat anything green,” I once heard a child pronounce.)

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