Our family has been gardening for over 15 years now. It is a family affair, and we all work hard together to keep up with our different gardens. We have always had a summer garden, but the past few years it has been harder and harder to keep up with it.
We live in Florida, and it is hard to battle the heat, the excessive amounts of rain, and the bugs that come along in a Florida summer. The longer we have been doing this, the more we see that here in the south we can be more successful with a Fall and Winter garden. I am praying that with less rain, we will have a better harvest, and not as many losses. It can be frustrating to work so hard to only have your entire garden die from drowning!
With all that being said, we are so excited to get our fall garden beds prepped and ready to plant for fresh, winter vegetables! As I am typing this we have trays of seeds in our window sills, ready to be put into our garden beds. I am excited for the cooler temperatures, and fresh vegetables to feed my family. Children love to try new foods when they have a hand in growing them. There is also something about fresh veggies that taste so much sweeter and better than purchasing from a grocery store.
Gardening comes with its challenges, but it can be so rewarding. Your children can learn so much through gardening. There are scientific things they can learn, and it is great for character training too! If you are wanting to teach your kids more about gardening you may find these printables all about the garden, very helpful!
FREE Gardening Printables:
Tracking what you plant is a great way to see what works best for your family and your garden. It gives your children the satisfaction of seeing what they planted, and how well their crop did. It also teaches them how to keep good records, and research. Check out all these different printable gardening logs to help you better track your garden.
If you want to pretty up your outdoor garden areas, check out these creative ideas:
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 over 16 years now. 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!