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It can be hard to really get kids interested in gardening. Sure, they’ll toss some dirt back and forth and squeal at the worms, but most of the payoff in gardening occurs long after the average kid has lost interest. However gardening is a wonderful and fun teaching tool. According to the American Horticulture Society, kids don’t just learn that lettuce doesn’t come shrink wrapped from a factory, they also pick up everything from social interaction skills to a sense of responsibility; from more finely honed creativity to the concept of patience. OK maybe not patience, but delayed gratification.

There’s quite a bit of wonder to be found in the garden. So whether your child learns that the flowers he planted are greatly dependent on him for survival or that he is dependent on the vegetables in the garden, it’s still amazing to be a part of the cycle. While you’re planning your garden this spring, here are some tips to get the kids interested in gardening. Who knew your little darling could grow such incredible tomatoes!

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April 6, 2009 at 2:10 pm
(1) scottyblue says:

My niece and nephew love gardening i’m thrilled to say.I like to think uncle scott had a little to do with that.
My brother put in a garden for them last year(and he did quite a good job of it).Of course he put in some pumpkins,what kid doesn’t like pumpkins,but we were happy to see the interest they took in the other plants as well.One thing they love best is pulling up the carrots.I love the look of wonder on thier faces when they get a real big one.Of course we praise them to the hilt when they do.
I like the tip on giving them their own little plot.I do that for them in my garden.And they know which plot belongs to who!Let my nephew pick something in my nieces garden and you want to see the dirt fly!!

April 12, 2009 at 3:56 pm
(2) Scott M. Wright says:

When you plant tomatos and then get tomatos then it goes to winter now it’s spring again, will the tomatos blossom again or do you have to pull out the stem and replant the tomatos?

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April 13, 2009 at 4:38 pm
(3) gardening says:

Hi, Scott. Unless you live in a tropical climate, I’m afraid your tomatoes aren’t going to come back again. Tomatoes are grown as annuals, you need to start with new plants each year. So go ahead and pull the old plants out and start fresh.

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