Water, Bugs, and the Harvest
Keep tabs on the water. Let your child water his own garden, but emphasize that too much water is bad for the plants.
Make pulling weeds fun. It`s a job you probably don`t enjoy, but don`t let your kids pick up on that, or they`ll adopt that attitude, too. Turn weed-pulling into a game or contest - see who can pull the most weeds.
Get buggy. Give your child a jar and let them collect bugs.
Plant with results in mind. Radishes, pumpkins, zucchini, and beans are some of the easiest vegetables to get started with. When it comes to flowers, you`ll see lots of quick blooms with marigolds, snapdragons, zinnias, and cosmos. Don`t start everything in your garden from seed - kids don`t have that much patience. Sprinkle in some starter plants, whether it`s tomatoes or marigolds.
Keep daily tabs on the garden. You don`t want your child to miss that first leaf that pokes its head up out of the soil or the first green tomato that starts to form.

Of course, include your child in the best part of gardening; the harvest. Let your child venture into the garden with her own basket. Explain how to look for the ripe vegetables. Make your way back to the kitchen and let your child help you prepare a salad or vegetable dish with your bounty.

Once your garden is under way, weeds are being kept out of sight and the watering is on schedule, find peripheral activities for your child that involve your garden. Beginning a gardening journal is a great way to continue to cultivate your child`s gardening knowledge - and his or her writing. Encourage your child to write about how his vegetables and flowers are doing on a weekly basis. Provide paints, colored pencils, and crayons so she can draw pictures.
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