I'm seeing a lot of pecks in my tomatoes but have been warned that once a guinea tastes a tomato - you may not be eating any yourself. Since there is not a grasshopper in sight (also a favorite food of guineas) I'll let them have some and pick a few tomatoes while they are still a little green to take inside.
We are very happy to have squash, zucchini, okra and cucumbers grow in this hot dry Texas climate. We sprout most of our plants from seeds and sprouted beans indoors. If you really want a cheap source of nourishment and protein, consider sprouting beans. Just soak beans in water and rinse everyday for several days. Getting children to eat them may be a different story. Perhaps you can sneak a few in a salad or blend them in the food processor making a cool fruit or veggie drink.
Why Gardening is Good for Children
- They have a hands-on and very visual learning experience
- Teaches responsibility, patience, and respect for food and our earth
- Boosts self-esteem
- Promotes cooking skills
|Easy Indoor Garden: Bean Sprouts|
Why Gardening is Good for Adults
- Saves on groceries
- Food is healthier
- Beautiful flowers attract birds and butterflies
- Gardening and bird watching is relaxing
|Sunflowers Attract Birds|
Recycle Garden Scraps
Nothing goes to waste here on our humble little "chicken" farm. I rarely use my garbage disposal. The chickens love our table and garden scraps and the dog eats any leftover meat. We live by some wheat fields. It is amazing to watch the farmers thresh the wheat with their huge combines, I have truly grown to appreciate how a tiny seed grows into a beautiful plant providing our nourishment. Just pick a wheat germ from a plant and it makes you realize how precious every little morsel is... and makes me reflect on those who are hungry in this world. Our earth has enough resources to feed everyone if they are taught and given a chance to learn and a start.
|Brody didn't like the bean sprouts - strange texture|
If you don't have much space for a garden, consider growing herbs or tomatoes in pots. Your child will enjoy watering the plants and watching them grow. Do you have any gardening tips for children?
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