Spring is my favorite time of year because it means it is time to start our summer garden. Here in Florida, we really don’t get a chance to have a spring garden in the spring because it gets hot too fast. So during the spring, it is our time to plan and plant our large summer garden.
We love planting cucumbers, tons of tomatoes and lots of peppers. I like to have enough to can and make our own salsa. It seems that each year our garden gets bigger and bigger. It really can be addicting!
If you also love gardening or you want to get started with some gardening basics, check out these FREE printable gardening logs and charts.
I have been gardening with my children since they were toddlers, so we have been gardening together as a family for over 15 years now. I think gardening is so important and I really believe that every family should have a garden of some sort, even if you just have a few pots on a back porch. Children love to get their hands dirty and to work hard. It is so amazing for them to see their seeds grow, and to let them take pride in something they have helped to nurture and create.
Gardening is a great way to get your children to sample fresh vegetables. I have really enjoyed watching my little toddlers pop juicy, fresh, cherry tomatoes right off of the vine into their mouths. We have so many memories of trying new things in our gardens.
My children (some of them are now teens and young adults), still LOVE fresh vegetables and salads. I believe this is because they have been immersed in it since they were small, and fresh vegetables taste so much sweeter, and better than the store bought ones.
Naturally, we turn everything we do into some kind of learning experience. That is the beauty of homeschooling.
You can most definitely turn your gardening experiences into an educational learning time. One great way to do this is by having your children keep track of what they are growing and logging the growth and keeping charts.
This would go great in a nature/science notebook and would even look good in a homeschool portfolio.
Here is a list of FREE gardening charts and logs to help get you started:
Gardening is also a great way to spur interest in botany and plant science. One of my daughters who has always enjoyed planting with me from a young age is now very interested in botany and plant science!
If you have a child that wants to learn more about plants you are going to love these free instant downloads that our team has created:
Ways Plants Move Guided Drawing Activity – this guided drawing activity will teach your kids about tropism and the different methods of seed dispersal while drawing what they learn.
Plant Terminology Copywork Notebook – This is a free plant terminology copywork notebook that covers 20 plant-related terms. Your children will get to practice their handwriting while copying and learning the terms.
Here are some of my favorite gardening books:
The Best-Ever Step-by-Step Kid’s First Gardening: Fantastic Gardening Ideas For 5 To 12 Year-OldsUp in the Garden and Down in the DirtReady, Set, Grow!: A Kid’s Guide to GardeningSquare Foot Gardening with KidsGardening Projects for Kids: Fantastic ideas for making things, growing plants and flowers, and attracting wildlife to the gardenGrow: A Family Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables (Discover Together Guides)300 Step-by-Step Cooking & Gardening Projects for Kids: The Ultimate Book For Budding Gardeners And Super Chefs
Your children will love these gardening tools to make gardening more fun:
Clever Kid Toys Kids Gardening Set Includes Sturdy Tote Bag, Watering Can, Shovel, Rake, Trowel and Garden BookKids Gardening Tools – Includes Sturdy Tote Bag, Watering Can, Gloves, Shovels, Rake, and Garden BookGreen Toys Watering Can Toy, GreenEmsco Group Little Diggers Kids Garden Tool Set – Four-Piece Set – Child Safe Tools – Garden with Your KidsKids Garden Tool Set with Tote ,Cute As a BugKids Garden Tool Set with Tote