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Have the Kids Help Select Vegetables to Plant in the Garden.

Posted on: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Two days until the official start of spring and yet more snow arrived last night.  Enough is enough!!  I decided that eventually we will smell the roses and decided to think about a garden.  I gathered my available grandkids, via Skype, and our project began.

First we had a conversation about what to plant.  We established a list and then set criteria about what was most important to us for this project.  The list was short – what would be easy to grow, take minimum maintenance and taste the best.  Everyone had an opinion and off each child went to do a little research.  Since garden space is somewhat limited – it was decided that we could only plant four types of veggies.  Knowing full well that agreeing might provide a challenge, I sent up a criteria chart so that the final selections would be chosen fairly.  The chart shown below lists 5 veggies.  The kids assigned a point value to each cell in the chart going from 1 to 5 with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.






String Beans


  Easy to Grow     _______ _________ _________ _________ _________
  Maintenance _______ _________ _________ _________ _________
  Tastes Best _______ _________ _________ _________ _________
    Total _______ _________ _________ _________ _________


If you like this approach, use our chart as a guide.  Then have the kids assign numerical values and see which veggies win.  Be sure not to tell the kids that they are doing math and science lessons while having fun.  After all this “work” the kids can begin researching the steps for starting seeds.

Be sure to let us know – how the garden grows.

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