We thought gardening with kids was going to be stressful, but it turned out to be a fun experience for all of us.
We were at our 4H club Kids With A Mission’s community garden plot and discovered the use of square beds, as we were walking by the other plots. This idea turned out great. We made square mini plots with paths big enough to walk and squat down in between the beds.
As we were digging, Cathy’s Dad comes out to chat, the first thing he say’s “Who died? Looks like a cemetery.” We stepped back to look and started laughing. It really did look like little graves the way we shaped them and since we had just dug out the sides.
After we started spreading the soil around they looked alright. We had about 10 beds for fruits and vegetables. On the corners we put flowers. In the walk ways we plan to put newspaper and mulch for weed control and so the kids know where to walk.
Above is JEM and MJ transplanting MJ’s pumpkins. She did a great job taking care of them.
SB loves to find worms. We have such a busy schedule, we were gardening before soccer practice and had to leave quickly. Cleats were good for air raiding the garden I hope. And Shin guards were good for kneeling, her shins were well protected.
JEM and MC finished making two versions of the Topsy Turvy‘s and then their own homemade ones. This will be an experiment showing the difference of the two types for a 4H gardening poster. All the produce will be the kids exhibits in the Morgan County 4H Gardening project.
We also worked on a community garden for our 4H club, Kids With A Mission. Our meeting on May18th took place at the garden. As leaders we stood back and let the kids make the decisions with a little guidance. The Regular 4H members worked on weeding and planted a few rows of fruits and vegetables.
This was a tad bit stressful because we had to tell them to many times where to walk. When we were leaving, was when realized the mini square plots we saw would work for our home garden.
The Eastview Christian church at 2745 Old Morgantown Road hosts the acres of land that was divided into plots for the community. As a 4H group we will grow the produce for personal use, to show in the county fair for those without the space at home, and have decided to donate part of the produce to the food pantry’s of Morgan County.
They had a great time and worked well together deciding where to plant and who did what job.
While the regular 4H members (3rd -12th) were gardening, the mini’s (k-2nd) learned how plants drink from DC’s (he a 1st year regular) demonstration using carnations, food coloring, and his wonderful explanation.
After that demo the went up the hill to JEM’s (a 5th grader) demonstration of how to make a homemade chia pet using pantyhose, soil, grass seed and rubber bands.
Angel our adult leader in charge gave a wonderful lesson to the mini 4Hers about how plants spread seeds to grow new plants. Then let them plant their very own from the dried seeds of her neighbors marigolds.
Gardening turned out to be great. This was my first gardening experience and most of the house plants I’ve taken care of didn’t do so well so lets hope everything grows. Look for future post on how things turn out and suggestions are always welcome.
Below are some of our amazon book picks with great ideas on gardening with kids.