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Gardening with Children

Posted by: Rhonda April 29, 2014

In my experience, gardening with young children isn’t nearly as romantic in practice as most people think,” writes Catherine Koons-Hubbard, of the Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool.

“Instead, it’s about seeds being scattered in clumps and piles.  It’s about far too much water being poured in one spot and next-to-no water reaching another. It’s about digging holes, but then getting tired and demanding that someone else finish the job. It’s about plants being dug up to see the progress at the other end.  Or green cherry tomatoes being pulled off the vine and squashed or tossed at each other, for fun.

“Gardening with children is like most sensory experiences with three and four year-olds.  It’s messy, it’s chaotic, and the more children you add to the scenario, the more instruction goes out the window and you just hope something is getting through.”

The amazing thing is that something always does. Read the article.