April 30, 2017
Cultivating Young Minds: 5 Easy Steps for Gardening with Your Children
There’s a natural connection between children and the outdoors. And there’s nothing more special than caring for the Earth and enjoying Mother Nature in the family backyard. Toddlers, children and teens can explore a new hobby when they get outside and get growing.
At Bucks Country Gardens we want to encourage kids and families everywhere to grow their own food.
Here are our 5 tips to get kids growing.
5 Steps to Creating a Kids Vegetable Garden
1. Let them pick the plants.
“We’re growing broccoli and cabbage!” said no enthused child ever. Take a trip to your local grocery store or farmer’s market and let the kids pick out their favorite fruits and veggies. Research which ones will grow best in your yard and get ready to plant.
Choose to start seeds or purchase transplants for your new garden bed. Help kids understand what types of plants will thrive in your yard by asking them to pick out the sunniest and shadiest spots in the yard.
At Bucks Country Gardens we have lots to choose from:
• Strawberries & Blueberries
• Hot & Bell Peppers
• Lettuce, Kale, & Swiss Chard
• Big & Small Tomatoes
• Herb Plants
• And lots MORE!
2. Prep Your Bed
Before planting, start at the beginning of the process by explaining the uses for different garden tools. Encourage kids to pick the spots for their new plants. Ask them to check the plant tags for information on spacing and sunlight and then determine the best spot. Be sure to bring a tape measure. Add an organic soil amendment, like Bumper Crop, to ready your garden bed for use.
It’s a well-known fact that most children love digging holes. Once they’ve accomplished that task, it’s time to plant. Demonstrate how to gently remove plants from the container and loosen up the roots before planting.
4. Add nutrients and water
Just like people, plants need healthy nutrients to grow big and strong. Choose an organic fertilizer, such as Espoma’s Bio-tone Starter Plus fertilizer to give plants the boost they need. Show how to delicately water the plants as not to damage them.
5. Create a schedule
Get kids involved in maintaining the garden by creating a monthly chart that includes days to water and feed. Chart when plants should be ready for harvest and create a countdown for your favorite fruits or veggies.
If you ever need help, our Greenhouse Team is always ready to answer your questions.
Visit our Pinterest page to find some wonderful kids DIY garden projects and recipes to create from all your hard work!
Heather Fesmire | Digital Marketing Assistant