Can Gardening be a Family Fun Project?

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Gardening is relaxing and can be a great family fun project all year round.  Or, it can be one done by yourself.  If you are looking for something to bring the family together, then gardening is inexpensive and saves you money too.

 

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Our 2 year old future gardener

 

Even a 2 year old can be started on the fun of gardening at this age with supervision.  Or, it can be a “picking” party all the time if the toddler is not being trained.   

What to grow outside…

Peas are usually very easy to grow on a climbing vine.  Snow peas are nice to start with.

Leafy greens or spinach, including lettuce, are generally easy to grow and sturdy to not kill provided they get some light and water.

Carrots come in many colors and varieties.  This makes for a colorful plate.  Did you  know  you can keep carrots pretty much in the grown through the winter if they are covered with some straw or just keep deep in the ground.  They will eventually go woody but you can plant different colored carrots.

Radishes are fun and easy to grow for all ages of kids.  You can get the long skinny ones, fat ones, colored ones or even those called Easter Egg blend.

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Eat the Stems and Leaves of Radishes

 Tomatoes – Sweet 100′s, Cherry Tomatoes or….

Kids love to pick them.  These varieties grow massive clusters of tomatoes and fun for kids to harvest.  Since I don’t do chemicals I am not concerned about a little dirt or dust.

Growing indoors…

Try starting an herb garden where the kid can smell the plants and break off a piece.  Fun to watch them care for the garden. Provided there is a few hours of sun and water availability you may consider each kid having their own pot to care for.  Warning: Mint grows fast and like a weed.  It has a tendency to take over so it is best to grow alone.

Lessons learned from the garden…

My free downloadable ebook shares the lessons and is still available.  It addresses some of the benefits of “growing” kids through the garden experience.  Find it at http://carolgiambri.com.

Buy what…

I would suggest buying the tomato plant, but then again if time is a factor buy the plant.  Excellent drainage is important for anything growing whether indoors or out.

Seeds for kids…

I recently discovered that Unwins Seeds for Kids have seeds specifically kid friend to grow.  They require little care.  Their packaging is colorful and kid friendly attractive.

Free seeds…

Redwood City Seed Company offers 2 free seeds packets to kids 18 and under.  Google for their website.

Reflecting and Acting…

Gardening can be fun for all ages.  You are just on time if you wish to start at any age.  When you see the “fruits” of your efforts you will be smiling all the way from your garden to the table.  There is  no such thing as failing.  You  may not have a green thumb but the fun is in the planting too.  Some light and water will make for very happy plants and you saving money eating fresh too.

P.S. My free kids 7 keys ebook is still available. Let’s stay connected this way.

 

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Carol Giambri is a writer, photographer, gardener and health food specialist living a green lifestyle for decades.  She sees beauty around her and is always prepared with her camera in hand.  It can be a dog, fruit, vegetable, cloud or whatever catches her eyes.  She loves saving money, coaching people how to embrace healthy eating, gardening and living. Carol is now raising “worms.”

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Becky Fisher June 14, 2012 at 8:48 am

Great tips, Carol! There are so many choices that it's hard to know where to start — thank you for spelling it out :-)

Suzanne Jones June 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I am not a gardener,  but when I do get into my flower garden, I feel such peace and connection. I would love to grow my own veggies though, they among other things, taste much more delightful!

Carol Giambri June 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Suzanne,
I love flowers too, but have you considered growing edible flowers that go in your fresh dishes and look so pretty too? Veggies can be grown in garden boxes; check thrift store for the deals.

Angela Jordan June 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm

I'm not a gardener either, but I think that would be an excellent idea to do together.  Great lessons about life plus quality time spent together= a win win! 

Gretchen Pritts June 16, 2012 at 9:49 am

I love it Carol! This year we are growing corn for the first time, and even my boys who are 12 and 15 are enjoying watching it grow.

Carol Giambri June 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm

Yeah Gretchen. I have the room but don’t grow corn. Got lots of tomatoes just planted in earthbox. More to plant tomorrow. Happy gardening!

Carol Giambri June 17, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Gardening is fun for all ages. Just have to play and see what works best in your area, the soil and light conditions. Wishing you a happy harvest.

Alexandra McAllister June 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Carol, all your articles are such a wonderful inspiration to garden! Love all your beautiful photos and instructions.  You make it look so easy! Thanks for all the love your put into this.  I'd love to have an indoor garden and one outdoors as well. If not this year, then next, for sure. Thank you so much.

Suzanne Jones June 20, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Thanks for the tips Carol. Someone just told me when you cut off the ends of a green onion and put it in water, it will sprout and begin to grow a new onion. True or False?

Carol Giambri June 20, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Suzanne, Yes, that is right, but I found the water gets smelly so maybe I don’t change it enough. Not my ideal way of getting a second crop. I rather grow chives inside for indoor garden. Maybe just me, but….

Carol Giambri June 20, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Thanks Alexandra for your comments. I love gardening and hope I can pass it on to others even in little space. Yes, you can have an indoor garden. I can help you.

Carol Giambri June 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Becky, I hope I can help you start and encourage you. Let me know how! I’m here for you!

Lorii Abela June 21, 2012 at 9:38 am

So hard to know where to start with all the tips that you've shared, Carol. Thanks. :)

Stacy Stevens June 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Thank you for sharing your tips!  Some of my fondest childhood memories were made in the garden!  We'd pull sweet carrots, wash them off in the hose, and much on them while we picked our peas!

Edmund Lee June 22, 2012 at 2:39 am

Those all look like some intriguing options to begin planting.  I just planted some sprouted lentils in my yard.  I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that they can grow.  How do those compare vs. some of the options you mentioned?

Mandy Edwards June 22, 2012 at 7:19 pm

You remind me of a few friends I have.  They are very into gardening and have the best vegetables when they mature!

Carl Mason-Liebenberg June 26, 2012 at 9:24 am

You should see my winter garden, Carol. I have greens, greens and more greens. every kind you can think of just about! Lush and prolific in this cold wet winter weather!! :-) Great post!!

Carol Giambri June 26, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I would visiting your winter garden and eat from it too Carl. Way to go. Awesome! Inside too?

Carol Giambri June 26, 2012 at 9:33 pm

Mandy, I am totally addicted to eating healthy as I can and love the garden. I only have about 15 Earthboxes right now but more may be coming as a gift to me in the next day or so. We live on land so I have the room but nothing like weed free, and watering in a minute or two. I’m sure I would love eating with your friends or picking from the garden if organic.

Carol Giambri June 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

Edmund, I sprout lentils in jars. You plant them in your garden? Or you have a container, with dirt, and plant lentils? Wow. I’m coming over when they are ready for tasting.

Carol Giambri June 26, 2012 at 9:35 pm

Stacy, so you had the seeds planted as a child. Wow. I had to learn it over the many years, but learned so that’s fun. Plus, still learning. Lucky you.

Carol Giambri June 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

Lorii, glad to help you when ready with the garden world. Fun too. Inside or out too!

Rana sarkar July 4, 2012 at 11:19 pm

I live in an apartment but as i love gardening so i try my bit on roof top . I love this page . Lot of stuff and information here which definitely gonna help gardening as well as having a healthy happy life . Thank you Carol for all the contribution you put here .

Carol Giambri July 17, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Rana, Roof top gardening. I need pictures. Off to request your roof now. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn Lanier September 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

This was fun Carol, and not just for kids. Think I’ll try some peas and spinach based on your inspiration :) Can these be planted in the fall or is another season better?

Carol Giambri September 26, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Dawn, wow, Great! Peas and spinach should work.

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