Mom Unplugged has another Group Project going this Monday , as always.
Be sure to link over there if you join in
and check out all the participants while you enjoy your morning cuppa.
This week the theme is GARDEN !!!
Oh yes...we are so in.Princess and I love to garden. We have a family vegetable plot
in our backyard, as well as at our local community garden at a nearby college,
we have flower beds, and a butterfly garden here at home as well.
We try to grow our own from seed as much a possible.
It has been one of the best "projects" we have ever undertaken as a family,
and I cannot tell people enough...GROW YOUR OWN FOOD!
Something, anything, it is so worth it. If you are really interested, you can check out
my garden blog here.
I think the recent food scares we have suffered as a nation only drive this point home further.
You can and should grow your own. You do not need a huge piece of property (we don't have one),
you do not need a location with full sun (we don't have one). You can grow something in pots, actually many
plants grow well in pots if you take the time to learn what it needs to survive (how much water,type of soil,etc).
Being in the garden together affords us so many opportunities for real learning, Princess is learning about all kinds
of insects (both beneficial and not) and other garden pests (just type in the word groundhog and you will see what I mean),she knows how to sow seeds and when and where to plant things, she can weed,water,harvest.
OK, for those of you with younger children, this may sound like a far off dream, but get them out there now anyway. Give them something to do (pick up all the rocks and put them in a bucket) show them a specific weed
to pull out and put in a bucket, and they will cause less damage. I am not going to lie to you..they will cause some.
But it gets better! Princess can now go out by herself and pick lettuce,green beans,asparagus and radishes etc
and bring them in for our meal. She can weed almost without supervision. This would not be the case today,if we did not include her when she was younger.You do not need a garden of your own to participate, so please do.