Although there are still slight reminders of this week’s snow on the ground, I wanted to make sure to get some seeds started today in indoor containers so that I could replant them later this season in the garden. Since we are planning on joining a CSA this year, we are planting just a few items that we eat a lot of (or that might not come as often in our CSA share): a large variety of green beans and peas, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and my family’s heirloom basil from Italy.
This year I gave each of the boys their own seed starter set so they could clearly see the growth of their seeds.
Little Guy didn’t quite get the idea, and pitched a fit when I said we were going to wait to plant the acorn squash directly in the ground in May/June (We use a variety of squash and gourds as a cheap and interesting ground covering for a patch of the hill next to our patio that we cannot seem to grow grass on).
Instead he decided to plant about 40 jalepeno pepper seeds in his starter kit (seems fitting as that was my pregnancy craving with him).
Buddy better understood the concept, so he carefully prepared holes for his pea and bean varieties and then dropped the seeds into their holes.
He then went to the garage about 50 times between 3 PM and bedtime to check to see if his seeds have grown.
I guess we haven’t really comprehended the time it will take for our seeds to develop.
I like planting with my kids so that they feel they have a personal connection to the foods we will be growing for our table. I love watching the boys eat right off the vines in the summer, gorging themselves on fresh beans and tomatoes. My gardening methods are not pretty nor are they even very effective, but they allow my children hands on experiences at every step of the gardening process.
Do you work with your children to develop and care for your garden? What tips do you have to help create a memorable and fruitful (don’t mind the pun) experience? Do you have any highly productive crops that are fun for the kids to watch as they grow?