Gardening with Kids

Kids and dirt.

The combination happens at my house constantly.  I feel like I’m always washing boots and soaking clothes.  Spring time on the farm is full of anticipation of spring planting, which happens to include gardening.  We have a garden every year on the farm, and some years are better than other years pending if I’m pregnant or not or on how well Mother Nature will cooperate.  Then, there are those years where the weeds just get the best of you.  This year is going to be different on Wright Farms, the kids are another year older and I just have that feeling its going to be great and full of adventure.

Before the kids and I could get in the garden (and play “farm” as they call it), I put a lot of thought and work into figuring out which plants/seeds I would need to purchase and how much I would need to feed my family of 5 for the coming year.  People agonize over this and some just don’t plain plan at all.  The University Missouri Extension literally did all the work for me.  They must have been thinking about the moms who don’t want to spend all their money at the grocery store and doesn’t have time to do all the math will trying to wrangle three little kiddos to bed.  They provide this fancy little worksheet that tells you how much to plant per person! This handy little worksheet will also help you pick what variety of fruit and vegetables to plant in your garden.  You can get it here, download and and print from your computer.

The kiddos and I took a trip to get part of our garden seed and a quick look at the bunnies, chicks and ducks at the local farm store.  When we got back home, I laid the kids down for their naps, and I went out to get the garden tilled, since this isn’t a kid friendly process.

When they woke up, it was their turn!  First thing is making a row for our seed potatoes, this is a great way to get kids involved!


Momma’s Potato Planters


Covering potatoes

Covering potatoes


We also planted carrots, beets, radishes and lettuce.  As soon as the garden dries up for the last rain we will put in peas.

Gardening is a great way to teach your kids where food comes from and how it is grown.  I have also found that my kids are more prone to eat their vegetables if they plant, pick and help cook them.  There will be more gardening posts to come as we journey through this spring and summer, including the good, the bad and the ugly.  As soon as harvest rolls around in the garden I will share our favorite recipes from our garden produce and how to preserve your harvest for the winter months.

Happy Spring,