Adventures in Gardening: Toddlers in the Garden

We spend quite a bit of time in our backyard. Playing on the swing set, pretending in the playhouse, maneuvering our way down the slide, countless hours making sandcastles in the sandbox but we also like to get our hands dirty in the garden.

I have found that my girls really like to “help” me out with some of my hobbies. I love that the garden is one those fun helper roles.

Their favorite garden activity is watering.

This year I decided to allocate some space just for them. As they get older and more involved, I will increase my creativity on how and what they can do. But for this year, I decided to just keep it simple. Each one of them will have their own container.  I will still encourage that they help me with our bigger space but this little container will be all theirs. So if they want to overwater it, pull out the lovely little veggies early, or just dig around the dirt, it’s as some like to say…. “all gravy”.

I hope by getting the girls out into the garden, I can teach them the importance of where their food comes from. Hopefully get them excited to enjoy the taste of a truly fresh tomato or carrot.  But most importantly it’s something that we can do together that’s enjoyable and fun.

I picked up these kid’s garden seeds.

Some fun things that kids can do:  dig in the dirt, help with watering, plant seeds, help take kitchen scraps to compost bin, help turn the compost bin, jump in the mud, explore bugs!

Sometimes it’s not so fun, especially when mommy tells you that you can’t jump in any more mud puddles and that it’s time to go inside.

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We are participating in the Kinder Garden contest over at Sweet Grace’s pad. What a fun way to inspire families to get out and get the kiddos involved. There is still time to get into the action!

In the meantime we are enjoying life on our little suburban farm.

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