Kids Raised Garden Beds

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Kids can grow a snack bowl in their raised garden bed, which is a wooden container raised above the ground yielding an abundance of produce. Kids can choose a site that gets 6 hours of direct sunlight daily, away from trees and high winds. Plants growing off the ground aren’t as easy a prey for pests and disease. Raised beds warm up quicker for earlier planting and extended growing season. Staggering the plantings of veggies is accomplished easier as kids can reach, rotate and harvest crops over an extended growing season. Kids and their parents can build a container with supplies from the local outdoor center. A four feet by five feet raised bed is a good size for a starter garden. It’s exciting for kids to choose delicious fruits and vegetables to grow for their friends and family. Think of what produce is hard to find, expensive to buy, but easy to grow, like herbs, lettuce, peppers, and broccoli. Kids can plant beans, squash, cucumbers, and grapes in a raised bed placed under a trellis for the plant to climb up, keeping the vines weed and water free. By training these plants up a trellis or a stake, kids can get an abundance of produce with less pests and diseases. Kids can set up a compost bin to have a place to put weeds and kitchen scraps. Kids can fill the raised garden beds with organic soil and compost from their compost bin, garden center, or local organic soil company. Kids can get earthworms to enrich and aerate the soil. To save time, money, and water, kids can install a drip watering system. By using a battery run timer, watering takes place at the best time of day for maximum absorption and minimal evaporation. Kids can place one crop at normal spacing, and then a second faster growing crop between the rows that harvests before the other crop grows fully. Kids can plant a new crop as soon as the first fast growing crop is harvested in the same space. Kids can eliminate row space between crops by planting low growing crops close together. Raised garden beds have proven abundantly productive, cost affective and assessable to kids. When kids spend twenty minutes a day with kid size tools in the backyard, they can create a beautiful edible garden for the whole family to enjoy. Kids can put a bench or table and chairs in a shady spot in the garden and create a comfortable oasis where they can discover beneficial insects, worms, toads, and birds. Kids with an organic backyard garden not only have access to fresh food, but also benefit from a sanctuary that restores them mentally, physically, and emotionally. Kids can hardly wait to try the healthy variety of tasty organic homegrown fruit and vegetables that they have grown. Gardening is a great outdoor workout the whole family can enjoy together.

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