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How to Start a Garden with Grandchildren
Grandparents and Your Grandchildren Today

By Jan Wilson

Grandparents can start the garden once the basics of a gardening spot, a compost pile, and organic dirt are in place. 

Senior Living and Grandparenting: 


You have the first four steps of your grandchild's garden complete:

1. You have a garden spot for your grandchildren. 

2. The bed is raised so pesticide will not run into your grandchild's garden from a neighbor.

3. The garden bed is filled with organic dirt.

4.  The compost pile is in use.

Now you are ready to start gardening with your grandchildren.

Where do you start?

First decide what kind of a garden your grandchild  wants. 

Does she want to grow pretty flowers?

Does he want to grow something special to eat?

Do you want your grandchild to grow both in the grandchild's garden?

If the child has a two-foot square garden, you will have to decide on one or the other. However, your grandkid has more space, you can do both.

I do both. My granddaughter has flowers in the front of her garden spot and a few vegetables behind them. 

Once that decision is made, you can either start with seeds or start with bedding plants.

It really thrills a grandchild to see a plant emerge from the soil, the seed usually still intact on the top of the first leaf. 

Although any seed will do, beans germinate fast and grow quickly. 

Almost any child will eat beans--and if he/she won't, this is good way to start your grandchild on a very healthy food.

Yet, bedding plants offer a way to start the garden in the here and now.

Grandchildren are impatient.  We don't want them to lose interest. I think the best way to maintain interest is to have a few bedding plants and at least one or two plants started by seed. 

Since we have vegetables, we talk about what my grandchild really likes to eat. We also discuss what others in her family enjoy eating, too. 

Now off we go to the organic gardening store.



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