Creating a Family GardenCyd Converse
Thinking about our upcoming move next week, we’ve been talking a lot about how amazing it will be to plant a garden this spring. In addition to improving household organization, getting our hands dirty and growing our own veggies is an incredibly exciting prospect. Having lived in the city for the past couple of years, gardening was limited if not outright impossible, so this summer I anticipate going all out. I love the idea of getting our entire blended family in on the action, so thinking about ways to get the kids interested in gardening and growing their own food is a big deal to me. As a kid, I loved spending time in the dirt with my mother and my grandmother, then hauling in our bounty to get washed up for the day’s meals. Continuing in that spirit, here are 8 fun and creative ways to get the kids involved in creating a family garden!
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Create a Garden Journal 2 of 9I love the idea of creating a garden journal, essentially a scrapbook where the kids can help track what was planted and how things are growing. Tape in seed packets and give them free license to doodle and make notes with colored pencils.
Photo from Home Depot.
Can Veggies for Winter 3 of 9At the end of the season, it's time to think about canning! Get the kids involved picking and cleaning veggies and fruits - they'll be excited all winter long to see their labors at work!
Photo and recipe from Paula Deen.
Go Strawberry Picking 4 of 9If planting a garden isn't in the cards where you live, you can still get the kids involved by going strawberry picking and then turning your bounty into jams and fresh strawberry shortcake.
Photo from Love Taza.
Make Cute Plant Labels 5 of 9These cute plant labels are so easy to make and a great project for the kids to help tackle. They're made from oven bake clay, cookie cutters and wood craft sticks.
Get the how-to from Say Yes to Hoboken.
Plant Seedlings in Kids Initials 6 of 9Kids love to feel special and included in what grown-ups are doing so I love the idea of planting seedlings in the shape of each of their initials so they can be excited as they grow!
Photo from Putti's World.
Get Them Colorful Kid-Sized Tools 7 of 9Kid-sized gardening tools just for them, in bright cheerful colors, will definitely tempt the little ones to join you in tending to plants throughout the season.
Available for $43.50 from Amazon.
Plant Seedlings Using Recycled Newspaper 8 of 9To kick off the growing season, make little seedling pods from newspaper that the kids can help make, plant and tend to during the early spring weeks.
Photo and how-to from Add a Pinch.
Plant Herbs for Cooking 9 of 9Herbs are one of the easiest things to plant and you don't need a lot of space to get started. Little terra cotta planters on a windowsill will do the trick!
Photo from Martha Stewart.