It’s important to get together with the family to maintain good relationships, and to make them grow stronger. How do you start a relationship with your kids when you haven’t had one before? Kindle it with a passion you both share. How do you find a passion when you don’t have one in common? Create one. Better yet- plant one!
A home-grown garden is a great way to get the family involved and working proactively with one another. It is also a better way to eat fresh, eat organic, and eat free! The summer season is a great time to learn about different plants and animals, and even insects that will be buzzing around the garden space. You not only get to discover your garden with your kids, but get to work along side them to. Planting a vegetable garden is a great way to find equal footing with your children, as you will be learning new things together, for the first time.
What should a beginner’s garden grow? “Silver bells, and cockle shells and marigolds all in a row”? While those were the perfect plants for Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, they might not be what you’re looking for nowadays. You’re looking for vegetables like tomatoes, zucchinis, carrots, cucumbers, and potatoes. Once you pick what you want to grow, you’ll be better able to plan your garden out. Some things will grow easy, while others will need a bit more time. You can choose plants that will give you a good yield for the amount of work that you’re doing. Since you will be working with children, you want plants that won’t be too hard to grow. Cultivating a good self-esteem in children is important, and helping them learn that they are good at specific things will make them believe in themselves. Similarly, let them learn that hard work will be fruitful, otherwise, they risk failing.
Buy your plants or seeds from online retailers, or garden centers that are close to home. If you’re trying to start a garden for the first time, your best bet will be buying nursery plants (small plants that are already grown for you), as growing them from seeds will be a bit more difficult. Buy as many plants as your garden will fit and some compost or fertilizer to help your plants grow. Grow them in an area that gets lots of sun, in moist, well-drained soil. Plants will need to be watered frequently, so invest in a garden house or a watering can for the times where it doesn’t rain.
Work together as a family to raise a garden. Don’t worry, it won’t be hard! Gain some expertise from watching pros on YouTube, or buying books about gardening. You can find lots of information online, so get to searching! Included are some links to help point you in the right direction- happy growing!