5 steps to getting kids into the Garden

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1. Planting

This is always heaps of fun especially choosing what to get and its always important to keep in mind the season you are planting for. Now is really the time to plant for Autumn seasonal plants. Remember that most vegetable plants produce flowers before fruit and veg start to grow.

[Ed: This fantastic Vegie Guide from Gardening Australia allows you to choose your Australian location, then along the top you choose the month of the year, then a vegie from the list. Information pops up to let you know the best months to plant]
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2. Watering

Both my kids love watering the plants (we have to make sure they take turns), of course sometimes the weather beats them to it. Its important to make sure you dont over water.

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3. Watching

At first progress will be slow but once a plant gets its leaves up theres no stopping it, working like little solar collectors it will shoot up so fast much to the amusement of little on lookers.

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4.Weeding

Keeping pots and beds free of unwanted weeds is always the job of the one that doesnt do the watering in our house (helps share plant maintenance around) and its always surprising how much faster weeds can grow if left unattended.

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5. Picking

For producing plants this is always the biggest thrill for young hands being able to pick and eat the results of a well grown fruit or vegetable. For most plants remember to keep some of the produced seeds/bulbs etc for replanting so you can expand the garden.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonbereklewis Jason Berek-Lewis

    Our 3 year old boy loves gardening more than I do! But, he’s a bit of an over waterer ;)


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