Gardening With Kids

Top Ten Tuesday

I am thinking about the garden this week and making our list of things that we need to do.

  1. We need to clean up the toys in the backyard.
  2. We need to pull out the seed bin and decide what veggies we want to plant in the backyard.
  3. We need to get some compost to fill in the garden plots. Some how the dirt seems to disappear every year.
  4. We need to plant new grass seed to fill in the mud pit.
  5. We need to get a worm bin (scroll down). I have wanted one for several years now.
  6. We need to weed the front yard.
  7. We need to add some compost to the front garden.
  8. We need to decide which flowers to plant in the front yard.
  9. We need to find some fun things to add to the garden. Does anyone have any free or cheap ideas?
  10. We also need to get a sand and water table for the twins.

Check out this post and let me know How Does Your Garden Grow?

I am linking up to Top Ten Tuesday over at Oh Amanda.


How Does Your Garden Grow?

Are you doing a garden this year? We are going to make an effort to do a garden again this year.  It has been hit and miss since the twins were born, but they might just be able to understand it this year (they are turning 3 in May).

I thought it would be super fun to do a garden where the kids can participate fully and I don’t care to much if it gets destroyed. At least we’ll start there and see how far we get. Five kids, small backyard, lots of mud… could be fun?

One of my main goals besides getting things planted that we can actually eat will be to make the backyard look a little prettier.  We had the addition of the unsightly heat pump and the rearranging of the garden beds which resulted in a mud pit (which desperately needs more grass seed). We can’t have flowers in the backyard (but we will in the front) due to the discovery that Zion is deathly allergic to bees.

So, all of that to say that while I was wandering around the web recently, I discovered this blog post at Homeschool Java about the HSV Garden Challenge. Since my mind has been on what to do this year for the garden, I had to head over there and read all about their challenge.

We will be hitting the garden very soon (maybe as early as this week if the weather holds out) and I thought it would be nice to have a place to share and get encouragement.

I was also reminded about the Inadvertent Farmer and her kinderGardens posts from last year because I followed from afar via Dawn at 5 Kids and a Dog.

This year I hope to do more than just watch other people play in their dirt. I want to roll up my sleeves (okay, I wear short sleeves) and get my hands dirty (which, oddly, I really enjoy). I hope you will join us as we try to grow some edibles and pretty up our backyard this spring and summer.

So tell me, how does your garden grow?

PS – Check out this awesome resource Gardening 101 and Spring Spruce Up

Urban Sensory Garden

urban sensory garden

Every year we create a little Urban Sensory Garden to enhance our home learning experience and meet the needs of our kids who need sensory input (we have autism in the family).

What is a sensory garden?

I can’t wait to write more about this topic as we get going on this year’s project. Check back in soon.

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