1. Homegrown veggies taste so much better!
2. It's educational
3. It's therapeutic
4. All ages can get involved, and anyone can do it
With that in mind. we started to talk about what kinds of foods we like to eat and how they help our bodies be big an strong. An awesome way to accomplish our health requirements for school, and good knowledge for them in general. Next, we delved into science about how plants grow, their parts (roots, stalks, flowers, etc). Finally what plants need to grow and how their important for all life.
Armed with our knowledge with began to decided on what we would plant. This year we've gone with 2 varieties of beans (green and wax), sweet peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, eggplant, garlic (planted last fall), sweet peas, marigolds, sunflowers, basil, oregano, mint, sage, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Some of our choices were food based and others that are yet to be added will be more for their medicinal and herbal use. But that will be a lesson for another time.
We decided to start our plants inside, given the short growing season that we have up here in NY. So we took the soil from our compost area and filled egg cartons. No need to buy the fancy seed starter kits when you can easily recycle things you already have on hand. The thing I love about egg cartons is when it is planting time, you just cut the cups apart and plant them in the ground. Also, being mindful of our mother earth we like to recycle when we can and make our own compost.
You may be concerned that you don't have the ability to garden because you lack a green thumb or you don't have space. Don't let that hold you back! Start small with hardy plants. I first started growing lavender and mint years ago. My motivation was flowers that I liked and could use for scenting things and mint I could use for tea. I didn't have a large space to grow plants in. Only what could fit on a window sill. What I found was the enjoyment that a few plants can give in your home. I would feel happier in the room and smile involuntarily at their presence. Other options if you want to grow something may be to consider making a fairy garden. I also have one of those in my bedroom, but that is a post for another time.
Dad showing the kids how to make holes for their seeds