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Getting your kids involved in gardening from a young age

Ever since my three children were little they loved to be in the garden. There is nothing like having the kids go out to the garden and harvest a salad for dinner. We always had so many vegetables, and it stuck with them through out the years. I remember when my son was around six years old and asked the waitress if Lima beans were on the menu. Her eyes widened, and she was in total shock that a young boy would be asking for Lima beans. To this day they love Brussels sprouts, asparagus, Lima beans, and spinach. I believe wholeheartedly that it was because we made it so exciting to eat vegetables from the garden.

Today, many have fallen away from keeping a garden and I feel something is getting lost. Children need to know where food comes from. It does not just show up on the shelves at the grocery store. Someone had to love that plant and nurture it to yield the fruit or vegetable that is so delicately displayed on the shelf. Take some time with your children to teach them how to grow in the garden. They will remember it forever, you will bond and grown in love, and it will be such a rewarding experience for the whole family!

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