We have tried in all honesty to grow a garden this year. I don’t believe that there is any more meaningful science lesson than cultivating your own food. It expands so much more the simple, theoretical lesson of “where our food comes from” and actually goes into a true understanding of all that goes into it: the tilling of the ground, the planting, the watering, the weeding, the trimming, pruning, fertilizing, staking, harvesting, and so much more. There is nothing more relevant to a person than his daily food. And experiencing first hand what it takes it valuable information.
Whether you have several acres or several feet of yard, you can still experience the wonderful learning experience of growing your own food. Many foods can be grown in pots, hanging baskets, and other containers for those with small yards or even just a patio or sunny window.
Planting time differs from location to location, but keep in mind that while it may be too late for a spring crop there is still a summer and fall harvest.
Kids and dirt go together. So do kids and learning. Giving your child the experience of cultivating his own food, or even perhaps flowers, is a great deal of fun and a great way to learn.
We have really enjoyed our attempts at a garden. We missed a lot of the spring planting, but we’re still up for summer and fall crops. We’ll keep you updated when we finally get some food from all this work!
“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth”Psalm 104-14
Hunter is 3 years, 2 months old