Last week of the Kids Garden Month celebration and last chance to win a prize package of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day products, seeds, gloves, and more!
I'm really excited to see the responses to this week's prompt! As always, thank you to everyone who has participated throughout the month. Your responses illustrate so many ways that gardening has a profound impact on our lives.
This week's topic: How does your garden/gardening help kids care for each other?
It's important to me to find ways for kids to feel engagement and ownership with growing and gardening. They are often so excited to see the results of their own efforts! Such enthusiasm helps kids develop connection with healthy foods, their communities, themselves and each other.
Today, our gardening class took place in the rain. Our lesson was about transplanting. Kids planted a dozen or more take-home container gardens with seedlings of their choice, including tomatoes, cukes, basil, parsley, onion, peppers, spinach and lettuce. Together, in a spontaneous, drippy, giggly, free flow 'assembly line,' we also transplanted 40 cherry tomatoes, 62 sweet red peppers, and 17 lettuces. Kids also sowed pots of seeds including nasturtiums, snap dragons, sunflowers and marigolds, as well as the 4 packets that arrived just before class in the mail from the Kids Gardening Project: poppies, Hubbard squash, tarragon & asters! (Sadly, we didn't get any photos of our rainy class yesterday. These photos are from today!)
Our gardening project is becoming more collaborative all the time. As kids sow pots of seeds and watch them sprout to see so many, they are excited to transplant and share. Together, we are learning, seeing and feeling that we can grow food and flowers together, and that there is enough for everyone. Together, we are sowing community, confidence and knowledge - and having a whole heap of fun in the process!
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