Gardening with Children

My daughter’s teacher wants to start a garden at her school…it inspired me.

The Rant:

First Zucchini Bloom

Sprout-a-Spud. Decomposition, life, growth, food cycle.

A child’s herbal garden…chocolate mint. Fennel–to licorice.

Waffle cone birdfeeders…bird identifying.

Sweet Peas.

Edible Flowers. Pressed Flowers.

Homemade Lemonade.

The celery stick trick.

Sunflower–sunflower seeds. Pumpkin–pumpkin seeds. Poppy seeds–into bread.

Root a pineapple.

Sprout Alfalfa.

Raising Rabbits and Chickens….backyard farming.

Composting.

Exploring the Brainstorm:

We recently sprouted a spud. Let a potato grow. Investigated the stages of growth.
How easy. We put one of those “starting to wrinkle around the eyes” papas on the window ledge and observed as it rooted.

Then we planted it & literally, within days, observed the green leaves of the sharp sprouts emerge from the ground. It was exciting. And it all happened over the course of a week.

Potato greens growing strong, one week after planting sprouted-spud

I like the concept of exploring food with children. How you can grow a poppy flower, admire it’s beauty, watch as it hardens and dies, while simultaneously creating new life within it’s pod. We turn those pods upside-down after they are fully dried and shake! And more seeds fall out. Seeds that can be dried and replanted…..or eaten. Pop them into some banana bread for a cozy winter treat and scatter the rest on the ground next spring for more beautiful flowers.

In California….potential lemonade lurks around every corner. Harvest those dripping lemons and squeeze some lemonade. Talk about the sugarcane. Add a sprig of mint from the herbal garden….

Exploring the garden with our children is one of the best ways to encourage care and respect for nature; it facilitates an appreciation for life that flows into our concepts of health and wellness.

It is good!¬† Though our own backyard garden is struggling for production, as I watch my daughter playing amongst future pumpkin and sunflower…I know we are creating something so much more important than productivity.

So I say, “Do you see those little lines coming off of there, those will be zucchini, and we will harvest them when they are ripe and green, and you can help me make zucchini bread.” She likes that idea.

Stay tuned. We will explore more fun projects and crafts as the season continues….

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