Kids First Garden

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Working in an organic veggie garden gives kids a chance to get connected to what is alive on the planet around them and excited to eat what they grow. Gardening is a wonderful way to bring the whole family together in a positive healthy activity. Plants and kids need sunshine and pure water. Kids can find the right spot for the right plant by following the sun in their garden area. With a drip watering system, kids can water the plants the right amount on schedule. Plants also need protection from the wind and support for stems holding heavy fruit. Kids can discover in their first garden that plants create the air we breathe by taking in carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. Plants use the sun’s energy to convert carbon dioxide into sugars which form the building blocks of the food chain. When kids dig in the rich organic soil of their first small raised bed garden, they discover earthworms and tiny creatures that break down substances into plant food. Starch, like in potatoes, is a way for plants to store excess sugar for future use. Kids can grow tomatoes and peppers in the middle of their raised bed garden. Herbs are perfect to grow in a first garden as most are perennials and pest resistant. Kids love to smell the aromas of herbs, like rosemary, and can plant them in with the veggies. Kids can plant marigolds and nasturtiums around the edge of their first garden for flowers that are not only pretty, but deter pests from the garden. Introducing toddlers to the veggie garden starts a life long adventure where they gain confidence and self sufficiency. Kids are excited to grow food that they can share with their friends and family.

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