EVERYDAY HOME  | 2.13.17  |  by Julie Rhodins

Image Courtesy: YouTube / American Heart Association

It’s almost spring.  We’re enjoying a few blooming trees and seeing the buds form on other plants.  In another month, we’ll be exploding with spring’s beauty.  Planning a family garden is a great way to get your children involved in healthy eating.  And late February is the perfect time to think about what you want to grow, make seed orders, and dream about all the beautiful tomatoes you’re going to enjoy in June and July.

 Read on for easy ideas on how to involve your children in family garden planning  

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Check Out Harry’s Healthy Garden

For young tots, this free app from the American Heart Association is a fun way to learn about caring for a garden.  It’s pretty basic, but it does open up the idea to ask ‘what would you like to plant in your garden?’

Look Through Seed Catalogs

Seed catalogs give you all sorts of ideas of what you can plant in your garden.  They are wonderful tools to introduce your children (and you!) to food diversity and to pick ideas on what to plant.  We love organic seeds.

Make sure you read through the online reviews, if available, of how the seeds worked for different people.  Pay attention to the location of the reviewer — for example, if the reviewer lives in a similar area of the country to you and had great success with a certain seed, you might also find success!

Some of our favorite seed catalogs include —

Draw Your Garden

We love the Farmer’s Almanac Vegetable Garden Planner.  There is a $29 annual subscription fee.

The reason why we like it is because it has helped us to rotate our crops for better yields.  Sounds like fancy farmer speak?  Essentially, it helps us to know what we’re doing.  We’re not that knowledgeable about gardening, and this planner helps us to —

  • easily draw our garden
  • drag and drop plants
  • determine if we are making poor plans that would deplete our soil and not grow our plants!
  • helps us to figure out when to plant based on their 5000 weather station database
  • and, teaches us about the different families of veggies, herbs, and flowers (see the color-coded example below)

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