A perfect “first garden” is often one no larger than a child’s windowsill...
Think of a Vitamin Garden on Your windowsill!
Children, who enjoy all things miniature, will appreciate the manageable size of a garden in a box.
Many kitchen herbs offer high doses of potent antioxidants, which help protect against body cell damage.
1. Parsley has vitamin A, vitamin C (calcium,iron,folate)
2. Thyme has an antiseptic ability that combats infection. (Thymol, found in thyme oil, is one of the main ingredients in Listerine).
WINTER OR SUMMER! You can grow your own herbs indoors; all you need is a sunny spot and a few containers of soil. Herbs are an excellent choice for windowsills.
Kids can watch seeds sprout !
Line a glass jar with a damp paper towel and insert several zucchini seeds between the glass and the towel. Place a lid on the jar, leave it on the kitchen counter, and check the paper every day to make sure it’s still moist. Seeds should sprout in a few days.
A great website to learn more tips on growing plants.
Grow your own mint, chamomile and red clover with the Herbal Tea Garden Kit.
The kit includes seeds for 10 tea herbs and a booklet to guide you through harvesting, drying, blending, and brewing.
Kid's Gardening Clubs
If you haven’t visited your garden center lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover the trend towards kid-friendly shopping experiences.
Many centers host kids’ gardening clubs or special workshops such as starting seeds indoors.
You can get great information from the National Gardening Associationwhose mission is promote a gardening experience that engages kids in active learning, exploration, and fun. They are a leader in the movement to start a garden in every school.
Gardening with kids is always an adventure!
Nutrition and Theme Gardens
Plant a salsa garden and make salsa...a pizza garden and bake a garden-fresh pie... or an edible flowers garden and make a colorful, zesty salad!
Teach kids about making healthy choices while they’re nurturing their garden.
Food – one of our most basic human needs is vital for healthy bodies and minds.
Yet what messages about food are our kids absorbing?
The media, fast-food culture, and school meals that promote fats, sugars, salt, and additives help set the stage for heart disease, cancer, obesity, and other diet-related-diseases in our kids.
As parents, we know that young people in this country are not eating enough plant-based foods.
By creating thematic gardens linked to different cultures, children can explore people/plant connections and grasp some nutritious lessons.
As they bring their harvests to the table, children can appreciate the diversity of plants, cultures, and traditions of their nation and the world.
Children's Food Culture Gardens
Asian Seed Collection:
8 packets of seeds that include pak choi, little finger carrots, white bunching onion, dow gauk, mixed bell peppers, snap peas, long purple eggplant and cilantro. Kids will have plenty of ingredients for an authentic vegetarian Chinese meal.
Teach children about Asian cuisine with an electric wok. A wok has no open flame to worry about, a non-stick cooking surface for easy clean-up.
Read Rosalind Creasy's books packed with cultural, horticultural, and culinary information, The Edible Asian Garden, The Edible Italian Garden, and The Edible Mexican Garden. Order today!
Salsa Garden Seed Collection:
Grow fixings for an authentic Mexican feast. Start with seeds fortomatillos, roma tomato, cilantro, California wonder pepper, curled parsley, and white bunching onions.
Pizze Garden Seed Collection:
Plant and harvest fresh Italian herbs and vegetables.
Grow a pizza wheel. An old wagon wheel embedded in the ground form the pizza-shaped framework for individual “slices” of basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram, parsley, rosemary.
The Snackmaster Pro food dehydrator can be used to make fruit roll-ups and other types of dried fruit snacks for your class. Also, try drying your own garden herbs, make dried tomatoes, peppers, carrots, and other vegetables for pasta dishes, soups, and stews. You can even use spices to make jerky.
Make Your Own Pizza!
Try this creative, healthy alternative to fast food: gather the family together for make your own pizza night.
Have a fresh dough ball and some spaghetti sauce on hand and some healthy pizza toppings from the list below.
Cut the dough into four pieces, and start making mini pizzas. If you have pizza ingredients from the backyard garden, all the better!
It's a no-fuss solution for picky eaters -- everyone eats their own creation.
Give extra points for the "most colorful", "best design" or "funniest" pizza and let the fun begin!
Most kids will go for a simple cheese pizza, and that'a healthy start, but who knows what will happen if you make it easy for them to select from a variety of interesting (and nutritional toppings)?
Here are just a few of my favorites healthy pizza toppings:
-Halved cherry tomatoes
-Grilled or BBQ chicken
-Ham and pineapple
-Yellow, red or orange bell peppers