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Children and parents can reap the benefits of a shared family garden. You can enjoy family time together while producing healthy fruits and vegetables. Get outdoors and get dirty! Gardening is great exercise and contributes to both physical and mental health. Raising a garden provides learning opportunities for adults and children alike.
If you're new to gardening, try to prepare a small plot for growing a few vegetables that family members like to eat.
· A 10' x 16' garden is ample to supply food for the dinner table of a family of four.
· Check gardening books and web sites to find fruits and vegetables that are easy to grow in your region.
· Learn about tilling the soil, planting seeds or seedlings, fertilizing, and pest control.
· If you don't have a yard, check resources for information about container gardening. A patio or balcony is perfect for a container garden.
Use a garden to reinforce the science lessons that children learn in school. Gardening is the perfect hands-on experience.
· Children learn about the life cycle of plants. When they plant, cultivate, and harvest a garden, children see the life cycle at work.
· Catching worms in the garden is lots of fun, and worms show how living things work together in ecology. Understanding how fertilizer nourishes plants is another example of ecology in the garden.
· Organic gardening is good for the environment, and organic vegetables are healthy. Gardening opens the door for children to learn about healthy nutrition.
There is always plenty of work to go around in a garden. Plants must be watered regularly. Weeds must be pulled up. Mature fruits and vegetables must be picked.
Gardeners love to talk to other gardeners. As children and their parents work together to raise a garden, they can learn from the experts.
If all goes well, you'll see a bounty at harvest time! Even a modest-sized garden plot can yield more produce than your family can consume. Children learn generosity when they have opportunities to share.
Written By Ava Rose.