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July 19th, 2010, 01:12 PM
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I'm trying to encourage our whole family to get out into the garden, but apart from planting seeds, I'm not sure what else would be suitable for our son?

Has anyone got any suggestions?

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July 19th, 2010, 09:42 PM
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How old is he?

With a more established garden (where you can clearly see what is plant and what is weeds) he could help clear weeds, or even help pick the ripe fruits and veggies. My son used to love going to Great-Grandpas house (and still does) because Grandpa would point out to him which ones needed picked and he got to pick it and put in the wheel barrow. This especially helped because then Grandpa doesn't have to bend and stoop so much!

Also, the grandkids (and great grandkids) love nothing more than taking the watering can out to the garden and helping to water the plants. You can get small ones that are just about the perfect size for little ones at the dollar stores and such for just a dollar or two. The plus side is that it doesn't hold much water either so then they aren't overwatering anything!
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July 20th, 2010, 09:11 AM
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They recently had a great article in mothering magazine about getting your kids involved.

Lilly is 2 so she helps me pull weeds but I have to be careful to make sure she doesn't rip out the real plants. She also can pick her own veggies. She loves to pick tomatoes and rip off green onion. She also likes to rip fruit off the fruit trees, the ones she can reach anyways.

The problem I have with her is she thinks that anything growing out of the ground is edible. I've caught her eating grass before.

They say kids tend to eat more veggies when they grown them themselves so its great to have them get out there.
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July 24th, 2010, 10:58 AM
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We didn't do too great of a job this year with the garden, this was our first year though so it was a big learning phase for us. Next year it will be more organized and easier for the girls to help us. We cleared out our garden last night and we left the tomato plants and Nola went crazy picking every red one she could find. LOL! It really made my night to be in our garden with our girls. Can't wait till next year.
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July 24th, 2010, 08:38 PM
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Mine will pull weeds too, and they love to pick the veggies!
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