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Friday, June 2, 2006

Plant A Garden, Help Children Grow
 
The Pleasure of Helping Children Learn
 
Gardening gives children a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. It enables them to learn about environmental care and about the importance of native plants and wildlife habitat.
 
Here are some tips for making gardening with kids a safe, educational, and enjoyable experience:

GETTING STARTED

  • Visit places where plants thrive, such as nurseries, arboretums or your neighbor’s flower patch. As children explore, talk with them about the different sun, soil and water requirements of healthy vegetation.

  • Survey the natural treasures in your own backyard—birds, bees, blossoms. Children are notably wide-eyed and open to new discoveries. Cultivate their curiosity.

  • Identify a spot on your property for a children’s garden, inviting kids to take part in its selection. Sedbrook recommends a small plot of land—no wider than a yardstick—that can be easily managed. Other good options include window boxes or containers.

  • Have your soil tested for lead, as children are highly susceptible to poisoning. If its presence is confirmed, focus on container gardening or consider building a raised bed and filling it with loam you purchase.

  • Sow fast-germinating seeds or introduce transplants that are quick to flower or fruit. (Children are typically eager to see the results of their labor.) Be sure to include kids in the plant selection process.

  • Choose plants that will excite the senses. Examples include eye-catching sunflowers, fragrant herbs and fuzzy ornamental grasses such as big and little bluestem.

Thanks to the National Wildlife Federation for most of this article. Contact: nwf.org

Testimonial:

The garden is beautiful and the children enjoy watering it and watching it produce wonderful plants and vegetables.
Sincerely,
Carla M. Emerson, Director
Children's World Learning Center
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
 
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