Gardening is a family affair in our house. With supply chain shortages and people wanting to be more self sufficient, gardening is really becoming popular. If you also love gardening or you want to get started with some gardening basics, check out this list of gardening printables.
Here in Florida, we really don’t get a chance to have a spring garden in the spring because it gets hot so fast. So during the spring it is the perfect time to plant our large summer garden.
We love planting cucumbers, tons of tomatoes and peppers in our vegetable garden during the hot months. 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.
I have been gardening with my children since they were toddlers. We have been gardening together as a family for close to 20 years now. I think gardening is so important. Every family should learn how to grow your own food. Even if you just have a container garden in a few pots on a back porch.
How can we engage learners in gardening at home?
Kids of all ages love to get their hands dirty and to do hard work. They love to watch seeds grow, and they will take pride in something they have helped to nurture and create. You can even start with a flower garden.
Getting Children to Eat Vegetables
Gardening is a great way to get your children to sample fresh vegetables. I have 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 during a successful harvest.
Naturally, we turn everything we do into some kind of learning experience. That is the beauty of homeschooling. You can have an enjoyable gardening experience and educational learning at the same time.
Garden Journaling and Notebooking
One great way to turn gardening into a learning experience is by having your children keep track of what they are growing and logging the growth and keeping charts. These would go great in a nature/science notebook and a homeschool portfolio. They can even keep their own gardening notebook.
Designing a Garden Layout
Have your kids help you design a garden layout. Young children will have a great time creating their own garden. You don’t need much to get started, you can have a successful garden in a small space.
Maybe you have a large area that you want to landscape for a garden. Landscaping with logs is a creative way to create a garden space by laying logs down as garden beds, then filling with soil. Kids will love helping you gather up the found materials.
Free Gardening Charts and Logs:
Take a look at some of the printable garden logs and charts that you can put to use with your kids.
Plant Growth Charts and Garden Trackers
Tracking the growth of plants is a great way to get your kids interested in gardening. When they track what is growing they get to see the entire process, literally from seed to table.
Gardening Journal for Kids – This is such a cute journal for your kids to draw and write and keep notes of what they have planted and how it is growing.
Printable Seed Starter Tracking Log – Are you starting seeds from scratch this year? You will want to track their growth with a plant log like this one.
Printable Garden Journal Tracker – This set of printables have a cute garden theme and there are pages to track various plants as well as frost dates.
Planting Seeds with Kids Printable Tracker – Children can observe their seeds from sprouts to plant with this plant growth chart to record their observations.
Measuring Plant Growth Garden Printables – There are 9 plant activities including a free printable with a tape measure for your kids to record growth in the garden.
Garden Printables for Kids – Free printable garden markers to laminate and use to mark your plants.
Printable Plant Care Tracker – This printable plant watering schedule will help your kids keep track of their plant care and plant needs.
Recommended Resource: Farm Notebook
The Farm Notebook is a companion book to Farm Anatomy by Julia Rothman. Your students will learn about plants and track their growth, soil, farm animals, country crafts and fun homesteading subjects.
Create Your Own Garden Binder
A garden binder can be a helpful planning tool to keep garden records in. Sometimes it is hard to remember what you planted where and when. You can keep track of all of your gardening plans in one convenient location.
Make quick notes about what you planted and save plant information such as spacing. Did the beans you planted in the summer do well last year? If so, you may want to try them again. Keeping a vegetable garden journal in your planner is a wonderful way to keep track as well.
Some people even like to store the empty seeds packets with planting directions in their binder.
There are lots of free printables and planner pages you can stick in your binder. I like to use a 3-ring binder with pockets so I can hole punch garden planner printables that I find.
Printables to Store in Your Garden Binder:
End of the Season Garden Tracker – This tracker will remind you to write down what you planted when. This will be a great help when planning for the next year.
Square Foot Garden Planner – Square foot gardening is a way to plant a lot in a small space. This printable will help you plan how much room you have and which plants you are going to fit into a square foot.
Companion Planting Chart – Did you know that certain plants love to be near each other, while others may fail to thrive if they are next to the wrong ones? This companion chart is a helpful tool for every gardener.
Printable Garden Planner – These printables include a garden chart to track what you planted where in your garden. There is also a seed ordering page so you can keep track of what you have already ordered and what you want to order in the future.
Garden Planning Chart – 4, 6, 8, and 12 week garden planning chart and schedule guide.
Small Garden Planning Checklist and Seed Starting Printable – Help to plant a garden in a small area as well as a printable log so you know what you planted when.
Free Plants Worksheets
Learn more about plants with these free instant downloads:
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.
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.
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for almost 20 years.. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!