Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Benefits of Gardening with Kids

Ok, so confession time.  Anyone who has known me in real life for more than a year knows that for most of my life the area around my home could have been known as The Killing Fields.  I killed everything.  Herbs.  Flowers.  Potted plants.  Nothing green stood a chance.  Yet somehow, once we started homeschooling and I decided I wanted to give my children the experience of growing their own food, things changed.

I'm not sure exactly what turned the tide for the plants in my life.  I do know that, unlike previously, I now buy into the experience whole-heartedly.  I really want things to grow now, for my kids, not just because I want a couple of flowers next to my front door.  I also have a team behind me.  Two little garden helpers eager to dig in the dirt and see the rewards of all their hard work.  Plus, as homeschoolers, we have the time to spend our mornings outside, casually weeding, watering, and checking for pests.

Over the past year, I have expanded our boring and unattractive yard to include four raised garden beds, a small greenhouse, a fairy garden, and pockets of colorful flowers.  And we have plans for more.  I can't begin to describe the joy and satisfaction I feel when I look out there every morning.

Debating starting a garden of your own?  Consider reading my post at The Homeschool Classroom for a rundown of the educational benefits gardening can provide and why starting a vegetable garden this spring or summer could be an amazing addition to your homeschool or family.


  1. Like you, I had the death-touch with plants for a long time.

    When I attempted gardening later on (maybe 5 to 10 years after my original attempts), in my early 30's and with a son who was happy to help, everything turned around. Now I love gardening and including my son in the activity. :)

  2. Isn't it amazing how these little helpers make us better people in so many unexpected ways?
    And the magical 30's help, too. :)

  3. Hmm, you know I'm terrible with plants. And I DID try a garden, I agreed to do it with my kids the spring after having a baby (!) and it was crazy making to get even that little plot ready and grow things and I had no help at all, not really. If you ask my boys, they will admit that they wanted the EATING part of a garden, but they didn't really want to do much IN the garden. Hmph. We haven't had a garden since then, and oh, most of what I tried to grow turned into deer and bunny food...

  4. Newborns are beautiful little wrenches in all of our plans! You get bonus points for even attempting to start something new that year!


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