Posts Tagged ‘gardening with kids’

Worm Wednesday: Audrey & Mo’s Unusual Crop

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Today’s gardening tots are the adorable Audrey and Mo, ages 3.5 and nearly-2, of In the Kitchen with Audrey. The garden is a wonderful way to show kids where their food comes from. But where do lamps come from?

Audrey’s mom writes, “I had no idea when planning to have children with a witty, sarcastic certified genius that he would convince our children that light bulbs grow lamps. I think he decided to do it on a lark. We were finishing dinner when he announced his intentions to the girls. Our neighbor came to watch. It was during the time when we were putting in our real garden and I think he just wanted to be a part of something.”

planting lightbulbs

What else are they growing? lettuce, zucchini, celery, tomatoes, red onions, cucumbers, and assorted herbs.

audrey and mo gardening

On gardening with kids: “Audrey loves to pick the leaf lettuce and serve it for dinner. I love that they are learning where food comes from.”

Be sure to visit In the Kitchen with Audrey to see what they’re cooking. (And thanks, Audrey’s Mom!)

Your turn! If you’d like to share a photo of your kids in the garden for a future “Worm Wednesday” post, please e-mail it to foodietots@gmail.com, &/or leave a link to a recent gardening post in the comments and show us what your kids are growing!

Got Worms? Join Us for Worm Wednesday!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

rainy day worm rescueEarlier this spring, I picked the boy up from school on a rainy evening. As we left the building, with a classmate and their teacher, we saw dozens of worms squiggling through puddles on the sidewalk. The kids quickly started scooping up the worms to move them to higher ground, cheered on by their teacher while the other mother and I cringed. Now admittedly their teacher’s reaction was better than mine — embracing their curiosity and seizing the opportunity to learn something.

Our adventure in organic gardening is forcing me to develop a more, uh, accepting response to bugs. Worms of course are one of the beneficial creatures to the garden, so they’re a little easier to love than some others.

When the boy and I set out to prep our garden plot for planting, we uncovered two big, healthy-looking earthworms. We let them scurry to safety before planting our pea seeds. A little later, the boy spotted the neighbor boy in his yard, and rushed to the fence calling out, “Guess what? My mommy and me found two worms in our garden! That means our soil is really healthy for the plants!”

worms in the garden

Worm Wednesday” is a new feature here to highlight the enthusiasm kids have for gardening. I’ve already asked a few other family gardeners to share — but if you’d like to contribute, send me a picture and description or story of your garden to foodietots@gmail.com, and you could see your garden here on Foodie Tots!

In the Garden: Fighting Pests with Bugs and Flowers

Friday, June 4th, 2010

Thus far my gardening education has largely been in tidbits picked up via Twitter or around the gardening blogs. I did pick up two books to read, Grow Great Grub and The Gardener’s A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food. Another Twitter friend also recommended The Garden Primer, which I may turn to next. So I’ve gleaned little bits about companion planting, like that basil and tomatoes grow well together — so I stuck a basil plant next to my cherry tomatoes. And that marigolds help repel pests — so we threw a couple of those in as well.

And, I’ve heard before about how helpful ladybugs can be, so when Tiffany mentioned that she found some at our local garden center, we rushed over to pick some up this past weekend.

I’m pretty sure that all the ladybugs quickly fled for cooler climates (in typical DC fashion we went from frost advisory to 90s and humid in the span of about a week), but it was a fun experience for the boy. He bonded quickly with the little critters, even giving one a kiss… (above right).

They did seem to set in quickly on whatever was eating my basil, so hopefully a few of them will linger around for a while!

And now, 5 links for Friday:

1. FoodieTots around the web: our “Local Potluck Tuesday” was mentioned on the Washington Post; and our kitchen garden experiment was mentioned in “Mom’s Guide to Gardening with Toddlers and Preschoolers” at SheKnows.com.

2. Let’s Move! Some of my favorite chefs (and foodie moms) participated in today’s “Chefs Move to Schools” launch at the White House; read about it in Jane Black’s article at the Post.

3. Farm-to-School: While chefs talk at the White House, DC’s Farm-to-School Network hosted a city-wide “Stawberries and Salad Greens” event in DC’s public and charter schools this week. Erin of Sustainable in the City made my strawberry agua fresca for 160 elementary school kids!

4. Back in the garden, check out this beautiful post on “Here’s What Could Happen if You Grow Tomatoes” over at Raising Foodies. (I’ll settle for the boy *eating* a tomato from our garden, asking for it for dessert would be icing on the cake!)

5. And be sure to visit goodLife{eats} for this week’s Grow Cook Eat round-up, featuring a call for chard recipes. Our CSA starts next week, so we’ll be looking for new chard recipes, too!