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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Plant Something

It's that time again, at least here in the U.S.A, when the air is getting warm and the sun shines more than not. A good way to teach your children about where our food comes from is to let them plant something.

For novice gardeners, I recommend choosing something that is fairly easy to grow. Tomatoes are almost always a sure bet and fun to eat. Squash is good, too, because it grows fairly easily and generally yields a good crop.

As an added benefit, you kids are more likely to eat the vegetables that they helped grow in their own garden.

I'm still a novice gardener, so if anybody has any tips on what to grow in Georgia --- feel free to help me out. I want to grow a decent garden this year to help with Kira's lessons and our grocery bills.

8 comments:

BK said...

Tips for planting? I am not even a novice yet. But I like the idea of getting children to plant something. They can learn responsibility through planting something and hopefully from their planting experience, they will learn to take care of Planet Earth too.

Tiffany said...

I don't know about your rain situation, but I'll give you the basics we grew when I was a child:
Corn. My great-grandfathered watered his every 3 days, and it was always the yummiest.

tomatoes, of course. yellow and red.

green beans. seems like they called them runners?

cucumbers.

leaf lettuce (not iceberg.) This has to be grown under a canvas or it'll get bitter, but it's a great veggie to grow, too.

Those were my favorites. My grandma also grew beets, raddishes, carrots, and squash.

Sherrie said...

We've had our garden planted for some time now...we did have to re-plant our tomatoes and peppers after the most recent freeze. But -- everything else seems to have survived. We've got tomatoes, peppers (all sorts), lettuce, squash, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, corn, yellow/white onions, strawberries, and sunflowers. :) Good luck! I can't wait to see pictures!

The Mind of a Mom said...

We start out planting a little bit later. May is good for us because we can still get one good frost that will kill the plants if they are babies. but you can come over for salad when ours are ready :o)

Crista said...

My kids are proof that helping with the garden makes them want to eat the goods more. We let them help pick the seeds, plant, weed, and their favorite - harvest. They always eat produce well, but eat it so much better when they pick it and sometimes help clean and cook it. I'm no help for what to grow though, as I'm way north of you. Potatoes are my favorite though!

Liss said...

Great timming Mom, you should check out the 11 pound zucchini on my blog, grown in my mum's garden.

We have chosen to grow herbs as the grow nicely in post. Mint, Chives and parsley.

April said...

When my kids were little and we had our own home Every year the kids would plant flowers in a little flower bed next to their play house. Since then we've rented (moving every 2 yrs is not condusive to purchase) and we haven't planted anything. But this year we are planting a container garden and the land lord has given us permission to dig up one of the flower beds but I have to figure what veggies do well in shade :P

Dwayne said...

Love the planting season, tomatoes, watermelons, corn you name it. Enjoy your garden.