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The Benefits of Gardening Tomatoes with your Children
Written by Amber Marie | June 20, 2018
I love being outdoors, especially during the beautiful season of summer. Summer is a time to make so many great memories from family trips to the beach, hot days at the pool, and eating ice cream and popsicles. One memory I’m excited to share with my oldest son is gardening. Our family enjoys growing our own vegetables and have picked a few different veggies to grow this year in our garden. My son was ecstatic when he got to pick a plant for him and his brother. We did some looking but it didn’t take long for him to spot the pictures of cherry tomatoes attached to the pots of some nearby plants.
“Mom, I want to get this tomato plant because we can eat these small tomatoes off the branches after they get red.” he said with the most joyful expression on his face. How could I say “no” to such an innocent request. So we loaded the seedling into our cart along with the other vegetable plants and made our way to the checkout line. He could hardly wait to get home and plant the seedling into one of our large planters. For me, I saw this as a perfect teaching opportunity for some valuable lessons in hard work, responsibility, and nature science.
Hard work is a quality that is learned through guidance and practice. As homeschoolers, we have to work hard to educate our children. It’s also our duty to instill this character trait within our little ones as well. What better way then to teach them through gardening. When we arrived home from the garden center, my son ran to the backyard and was raring to get planting. Before we could get started we had to gather all the materials, so I took the opportunity to teach my son about what was necessary to plant the seedling. After collecting our supplies (garden pot, trowel, soil, pebbles, and plant food), we began to assemble our pot in preparation for the tomato seedling.
For the rest of this post, join me over at Minnesota Country Girl where I have the privilege of guest posting for Summer in the Outdoors: A Homeschool Series of Gardening, Foraging & Nature Studies.
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