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I still remember planting in the garden with my parents. I also remember my grandparents being avid gardeners, who were always handing out produce every time we would visit. The joy of playing in the dirt doesn’t fall far from the tree. I however, do not have a green thumb naturally .. but I am starting to learn some tips.
I think it is so important to give children the gift of gardening when they are young, as it helps to give them the appreciation of the food they eat and the world they live in. I know when my brother and I would pick strawberries from our garden bed, they seemed to taste so much better than the store bought ones.
Growing a garden with your children also helps them learn healthy habits, and self sufficiency. I also love that it teaches them how to take care of something other than themselves with tender loving care — and they get to see the outcome and taste the benefits.
It also gives them the opportunity to play outside, and what kid doesn’t love that!?! Fresh air, sunshine, and dirty little hands — it is a recipe for a FUN day in a child’s world! .. AND memories to last a lifetime.
We live in an apartment, so this year we are trying new ways to grow a garden in pots.
We planted some strawberries tonight in a laundry basket. I would recommend putting a burlap sack in the basket first, or the dirt will leak out every time you water it. We planted some flowers on the top of our basket. 🙂
HAPPY PLANTING! — and spending quality time with your precious little ones.
Did you know you can purchase seeds and plants that produce food with SNAP? How cool is that! I went to check out at Dillons, and was pleasantly surprised.