Here's the small area next to our raspberry patch that we'll use for our square foot garden
our garden from last yearSome of our first produce from last year
I know gardening is so important because, although it's a lot of work, it's the most economical way to get healthy food. Plus, there's so much for the kids (and us!) to learn. They loved looking in the garden last year to see how things were growing and they were such a help (honestly) when it came time to pick things.
Thankfully, this year I was able to get 25 packets of organic seeds for only $4.99! This will be a good start to getting our plants and seeds together. Since we live in the north we won't be doing too much planting for awhile yet, but probably by the end of April or beginning of May we'll be able to plant our peas and lettuce since they do well even when it's cold out. I think last year I was still picking lettuce into October!
As for what we'll be planting this year, we'd like to do: cucumbers, tomatoes (we plan to learn how to can these this year!), lettuce, peas, beans, zucchini and summer squash.
The kids are super excited about all this gardening talk and we even got started with our unit by planting a few wildflower seeds for Mother's Day gifts. I found some great gardening supplies in the $1 section at Target! (The kid-sized garden tools were in the gardening section and were only $3.99 for a pack of 3 tools.)
Putting the dirt in the bucket. Hopefully the flowers will be
growing in time for Mother's Day to give to the Grandma's! :)
Carlee working hard!
Adding the seeds
Adding the Wildflower sign
Also, to start off our Gardening Unit I checked the Plants and Seeds Theme Kit out from our local library. The kids always enjoy these!
I love the book that Carlee is holding. It does such a great job explaining on a child's level the parts of a flower and how a plant grows.
Well, that's the start of our gardening unit. I'll be sure to add posts as we go to keep you updated. :) Plants and seeds were always some of my favorite units as a teacher and now I get to do them with my own kids. And, if you want to particpate in the Garden Challenge you don't have to have a large garden! It could just be a pot of your favorite vegetable, flower or herb that you're growing. To join along, click on the link below!
Do you plan to have a garden this year? If so, what are you planting? Do you do square foot gardening or just the usual garden?