John from http://www.growingyourgreens.com/ goes on a field trip to Pine Jog Elementary School in West Palm Beach Florida to learn how they are teaching kids to grow food. In this episode, you will learn about some of the sustainable ways they are using including collecting rain water, composting, and re-using commonly discarded items to grow food. You will also discover the two ways they are growing food in a vertical hydroponic system and using square foot gardening in a raised bed. After watching this episode, you have a better understanding of what they are growing and what crops you can grow sucessfully in South Florida.
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Miniature gardening is a great way to introduce kids to this activity, especially if you don’t have any land for them to dig in. I’m going to show you two mini gardens I made along with the steps to their creation.
Kid’s gardening projects have to be fast and fun to hold their attention. With miniature gardening, we’re talking instant gratification. They can choose a theme for their mini masterpiece to be (or no theme is fine too) and then shop around or scavenge through the garage to find the accessories and accents. After it is made, they can maintain it and the project lives on. Not only to they get to dig a bit in the dirt but they learn how to keep it going and growing.
I grew up on a small farm in Litchfield County, Connecticut with lots of acres, a greenhouse and both flower and vegetable gardens. My dad started most of our crops by seed and I was soon helping out in the garden at age 3. For me, gardening was and still is a way of life but many kids don’t grow up this way. It’s such a great activity because it teaches them how to respect the earth, imparts a love for nature, gets them outdoors and active, gives a glimpse of how everything works together in our ecosystem and most of all, shows that food does not grow in freezers of supermarkets.
There is a blog post with tips & photos, also entitled “Miniature Gardening For Kids”, to go along with this video. Please check it out at: http://www.joyusgarden.com/blog/miniature-gardening-for-kids/
Our blog, Garden Gluttony, is full of pictures, all things garden, how to’s, inspirations & more. We call it a “feast for all senses”!
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