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Episode 43 Gardening With Children

Tune in today as I talk about gardening with children.  I’m not going to talk about the life lessons of gardening with children.  That’s been done elsewhere.  But how do we get kids started in gardening.  Beyond the philosophy, what do we do and what do we say.  I cover that today.

The big lessons!

1.  Get them involved.  They need their own tools, their own garden patch if they want.  They need to be able to do the work.  Don’t baby them.  They will mess up, its ok.

2.  Grow interesting things and make the process interesting at all turns.

3.  Don’t be afraid to let them get dirty.

4.  Be patient, be patient, be patient.

Lessons that will help them in school.

*Math-they learn multiplication, how one seed can make more seeds.  Geometry-grid squares of the garden.

*Science-genetics, nature, nitrogen and carbon cycles.

*History-refer to my podcasts The History of the Tomato and The History of the Brassicas.  How did our ancestors grow food?

*Reading/Writing and FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS-using the seed packets and a garden journal to do this.

A GREAT resource for getting kids involved here.

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