Research shows that children who garden are more likely to make healthy food choices than kids who don’t. We give that two (green) thumbs up! Follow these tips to turn your little ones into little gardeners. (Plus top seed companies!)
Select seeds. Allow your child to choose what he or she wants to grow. your natural products store likely has a selection of usda organic seed packets (see “super seeds,” below). Easy-to-grow choices include herbs, lettuces, green onions, zucchini, and string beans.
Start seedlings. Begin plants indoors to ensure the garden gets a running start (and to get kids excited about their spring and summer project). Punch drainage holes into the bottom divots of empty egg cartons. fill one-fourth of the way with soil, add 1–2 seeds, and top with a thin layer of soil. moisten, cover with plastic, and place in a warm spot, such as near a heating vent. When sprouts appear, uncover and move seedlings to a sunny window. When larger, transfer to painted terra cotta pots.
Plan. Using a ruler and colored pencils, help your child create a garden plan on graph paper. Consider growing the “three sisters” (get recipe for Three Sisters Stew) for nutrition and soil health: corn provides structural support for beans, squash leaves shield plants from the sun, beans return nitrogen to the soil, and all three comprise a complete protein.
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