School's out, and it's time for kids to play outside ... not sit in front of a video game. That's why co-hosts Teresa O'Connor and Jayme Jenkins of Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio are sharing great ideas for gardening with children.
You'll hear the latest on "nature deficit disorder" among many kids in our society, and learn about products, plants and tools that make gardening with children more enjoyable. There are even tips for starting a school garden and farm-to-school program in your community. And, of course, we have another great giveaway...
But first, before we discuss this month's giveway, we're delighted to announce the winner of May 2011's Nest in Style on Horticulture Radio drawing. Congratulations to Patricia C for winning an autographed copy of Graham Kerr's Growing At The Speed of Life; P. Allen Smith's Gardening How-To Cards for Veggies and Herbs; and a Greenland Gardener raised garden kit!
Enter to Win the June's Kids Garden Giveaway
Two exciting prizes will be awarded this month, including:
First Prize: An autographed copy of Our Shadow Garden by Cherie Foster Colburn. This charming story engages young readers and introduces them to the magic of night gardening. Featuring artwork by the children of the Children's Cancer Hospital at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Plus, a darling Kid's Garden Hand Tool Set from aHa! Modern Living.
Second Prize: A copy of How to Grow A School Garden by Arden Bucklin-Sporer and Rachel Kathleen Pringle. Packed with sample letters, strategies, detailed lesson plans and tricks of the trade for starting a school garden in your community.
To enter: Simply leave us a comment and tell us your thoughts on the topic. Why is it important for kids to learn about nature and gardening? How do you entertain your kids in the garden? What are some of your favorite memories of being a child outdoors and gardening? Regardless of whether you have children or not, we want to hear from you.
Gardening with Kids Resources:
- Junior Master Gardeners
- How to Start a School Garden
- National Garden Association on Kids Gardening
- National Farm-to-School Program
- Naples Botanical Garden and online Children's Garden Games and pictures of children's garden on Teresa's blog.
- Atlanta Botanical Garden's Kids Activities
- Why This Kid Wants to Be an Organic Farmer
- Star Wars Way to Teach About Organic Foods
- Vintage School Book Teaches Kids About Soil
Cool Products that inspire, educate and engage kids...
- Bug Bingo
- Ladybug House
- Praying Mantis Pergoda
- Butterfly Poster
- DIY Native Bee Nests Instructions
- Vegetable Coloring Book
- Eat Right Cards
- The Kid's Book to Weather Forecasting
- Strange Plant Collection
- Venus Fly Trap Kit