Grow a Family Garden

child picking peas

Gardening is a great activity to do as a family all year long. Between digging, pulling weeds, raking, and other tasks, gardening is undoubtedly hard physical work! Not only is gardening a great physical activity, but it also allows you to grow fresh fruits and vegetables. Your children having a hand in growing their own food can even make them more willing and excited to try fruits and vegetables they may not have normally tried.

Get your children involved in gardening by asking them what they’d like to grow. After gathering necessary materials, children can help with digging and planting. Also, you can have them help with garden maintenance by pulling weeds and watering the plants. They’ll be sure to enjoy the fruits of their labor!

Growing your own garden may seem difficult, but with enough patience and time you can reap the benefits of your hard work. If you need help getting started, contact your local extension office. You can also read this article to learn the basics of starting a vegetable garden: https://content.ces.ncsu.edu/home-vegetable-gardening-a-quick-reference-guide. To find out what’s in season now, follow this link: http://www.ncagr.gov/markets/chart.htm.

What will you grow in your garden?


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