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Garden with Children

By BookerC1
April 25, 2013

If you want your kids to grow up liking vegetables, involve them in the growing, harvesting, and preparing. They are a lot more likely to eat a tomato if it is "their" tomato.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Apr 25, 2013 4:59 AM CST
The children will be more likely to garden as adults also.
Gardening is a good family pastime,--- to take them away from iPads and ipods etc.
Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Apr 25, 2013 5:52 PM CST
I agree, Caroline. Thumbs up Smiling
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Apr 25, 2013 6:49 PM CST
First, I think this is a really, really good idea. I wish I had started ab out fifty years sooner, an d learned from som eone who knew what she was doing.

But second, I have to admit that every time I see the title of this idea, my reaction is as if it was "Gardening with Kelp Pellets" or "Gardening with Shade Perennials".

Like an ornamental border with a row of tall kids along the back edge, and scatterings of miscellaneous shorter children planted in front.

I'm sorry, my brain probably has a loose connection somewhere.


Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 26, 2013 7:34 AM CST
How about:
Learning about plants with your children.
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ViolaAnn
Apr 27, 2013 5:13 AM CST
Or if your own children are grown and the grandkids are not really close enough to use your garden, there may be a child in your neighbourhood who would like to garden. I gave part of my garden to the 5 yr-old across the street whose entire back yard is a swimming pool and whose parents don't garden. She loved it! This year, I hope to keep the local ground hog out of the garden as it beat us to most of the produce. Glare But yes, she LOVED the tomatoes we grew.
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Name: Angie
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BookerC1
Apr 28, 2013 7:06 AM CST
Rick, that gave me a good laugh! There were a few times when my veggie garden did look like it was planted with kids, as some neighborhood kids were really intrigued with my tomato seed-saving project, and came over to help. They were helping me pick tomatoes, label containers, squeeze the seeds into the cups, etc. Then I learned one of the boys had never even TASTED a fresh tomato, much less a home-grown one, so I set up a tasting station with different varieties, and they all had a good time "ranking" their favorites. One of those spur-of-the-moment projects that became a good teaching moment!

Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Apr 28, 2013 7:25 AM CST
What a good spur of the moment project!
But how sad that there are children who never get to try fresh veges.
Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
Sunset Zone 5. Koppen Csb. Eco 2f
I helped beta test the first seed swap Plant and/or Seed Trader Seed Starter Region: Pacific Northwest Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Vegetable Grower
Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Sages I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! I helped plan and beta test the plant database. Charter ATP Member
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RickCorey
Apr 28, 2013 4:12 PM CST
Great project! I bet it not only gets them interested in gardening, but also nature, ecology and caring for living things in general. And what it means to be a good neighbor!

I know one guy who lives where almost no neighbors garden. He noticed that the kids on one side of his yard would raid his Sungold cherry tomatoes on their way to school, stuffing their lunchboxes.

So next year, he put out lots more Sungold plants ... where his yard bordered theirs.

Name: Angie
Mackinaw, IL (Zone 5a)
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BookerC1
Apr 28, 2013 8:20 PM CST
Rick, that is awesome! We used to have neighbors who would help themselves to our blackberries, until we got fungal rust that wiped out the whole patch. Sad My husband was outraged, but I didn't mind, as long as they didn't pick it clean. They were exceptional blackberries!

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