Recently, we planted our garden. I really enjoyed watching my two little girls working with their beloved Daddy. My oldest daughter and second son also helped weed the beds and plant on a different day. I thought you might like to see how things went.
First they prepared the beds….
Then they planted….
And added labels.
Since this is our first spring here, we aren’t really sure what will grow well and what we’ll use the most. We planted 4 different kinds of peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots. I’m hoping we’ll produce some good salad and salsa makings!
So what are the benefits to our family?
1) Trying something new Working with their Daddy helped the girls to try something new. Our youngest is not the biggest fan of ‘messy’, but she really got into it once we could get her to give it a whirl! We accomplished this simply by modeling and having her sister try it. Elle soon followed suit. They were also able to learn, on their own level, the process of planting a garden. I am confident we will have many more opportunities to learn through gardening as we watch the seeds sprout, pull weeds, water, and eventually eat the products of all our hard work!
2) Working together Our entire family will get to work together to keep the weeds away, water the plants, harvest the produce, and prepare them for consumption. I am hoping we will be able to can some salsa made with some of the tomatoes and peppers we’re growing. I also know we will enjoy many salads with the lettuce, carrots, and cucumbers, as well as the ‘volunteer’ green onions and garlic that remain from the previous owners. I will send the kids out to weed and water each day as necessary, and I will join them in that as well as in harvesting when it is time. I know Daddy will join in, too, as he has time after work each day and on weekends.
3) Meal planning and saving at the checkout Once our garden starts producing, I fully expect to enjoy several months of savings at the market. Produce can be expensive, so it will be nice not to buy many of the things that we eat frequently. Having our own garden also means that I will be able to plan many of our meals and my shopping trips around what is currently growing in our garden. I believe this will help me to streamline my menu planning and shopping trips.
For more gardening fun, please take a look at my Gardening board on Pinterest. I have collected a few ideas that I think you will enjoy! You may also like my post, 4 Activities to Enjoy Outdoors with Preschoolers, which contains several ideas for outdoor play, including some links about gardening.
Do you have your own garden? How has it been a benefit to your family?
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