kids and organic gardening

 

1.  Organic gardening is a healthier way to grow plants.  An organic garden is free from harmful chemicals.  Using chemicals in the garden can damage soil quality, which prevents plants from absorbing much needed nutrients and makes them more vulnerable to diseases and pests.

2.  An organic garden is alive with plant diversity, including a variety of edible plantings that are grown for food.  Growing organic food teaches your kids about nutrition and helps keep them healthy and happy.

3.  Various herbs can be grown for seasoning foods.  An abundance of flowers attracts important pollinators, like birds and insects.

4.  The organic garden is a welcoming habitat for wildlife, which would not be possible when using chemicals. 

What is compost?

1.  No matter how poor garden soil is, it can be easily transformed into healthy, manageable growing soil simply by using compost.  Compost enhances the physical aspects of soil by stabilizing pH levels and improving drainage.  Compost produces healthier soil, and healthy soil produces healthy plants.

2.  Compost is made up of organic materials that break down in the soil.  This organic matter helps to nourish and feed the soil.  Organic matter encourages the presence of earthworms too, which increases natural drainage and aeration of the soil.

3.  Composting materials can include things like leaves, grass clippings, kitchen and garden waste.  Never put any meat or bones in compost.  Stick to kitchen scraps such as fruit or vegetable peelings, crushed eggshells and coffee grounds.

Fun Activities for Kids in the Organic Garden

1.  To introduce kids to organic gardening, begin with teaching them about the basics of soil and its importance.  Make this learning more interesting by including earthworm education and fun activities.

2.  For example, have children dig around in the garden in search of earthworms.  Give them a clear cup; let them fill it with soil and any worms they find.  Cover the cup with cling film, making sure there are plenty of air holes throughout.  Allow them to watch their worm's activity for a day or two before releasing it back into the garden.

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