Gardening is sensory integration therapy, vitamin d therapy, speech and language therapy and mommy and me time all wrapped up into one. I love seeing Tommy dig his hands into the dirt of our little raised beds. The process of gardening allows kids to feel connected to their home or yard in a special way. From the moment the seeds are thrown down into the soil, there is a sense ownership over that small space. Being responsible for watering your seeds can be a big and important job for a four year old, and getting to harvest your own afternoon snack or help make a dinner salad with your home-grown veggies can be a powerful lesson in healthy living.
Some cool online resources you may find interesting are:
Sprout Robot: Just type in your zip code and it gives you a detailed planting calendar for your area.
SimpleOrganic.com: Tons of information on practical, organic gardening
Build your Own Cucumber Trellis
Tommy insists that cucumbers are pickles and that he is growing a pickle tree:) A trellis for a cucumber plant creates a cool little garden fort or fairy house. I’ve posted a DIY video below on how to make a cucumber trellis:
Tomato Vines in a Container
If you don’t have a ton of outdoor space, try a tomato plant on a patio. that cool red tomato planter can be found purchased here. And to read more about the upside down tomato planter made out of a coffee can, click here.
Tommy likes to water his seeds every day.