During the time of transition between winter and spring it's not quite time for a garden, yet the kids keep asking, "Is this the day?" Thankfully there are a few pre-garden activities you can do with the kids to keep them excited about the upcoming garden season.
How about making a garden brochure of the kids' gardens? Most word processors have a template you can use. You can also do it the old-fashioned way with paper and coloring pens, markers, crayons or colored pencils.
What do you include in a garden brochure? A brochure is used to describe businesses or events. Perhaps you want someone to visit the kids' gardens. Maybe your gardens just need some attention. Include pictures of possible garden plantings, ornaments and anything else you might want to have.
Fold the paper into thirds. Design a front that signifies what the kids' garden is about. Is it just vegetables? What about flowers? You could even take a picture of the garden and include it in the brochure.
Make a garden journalk
A garden journal is used to document ideas, thoughts and where, when and what you planted in the gardens. It can be as simple as a three-ring binder with lined or blank paper put into it. Or it can be an elaborate journal made from homemade paper. You can even buy a standard journal and spruce it up a bit. Add on sequins or even pressed flowers onto the covers.
We take pictures of the gardens before, during and even after the plantings. It helps us document what worked, what didn't, and what we'd really like to change about things. It also shows progress. You don't even have to have an expensive camera. You can even make a scrapbook for your gardens.
Catalog your garden supplies
It's important to know what you have for the kids' gardens. Have the kids gather all the supplies together and make a list of everything. Include quantities, types and conditions in the list. Some tools may need replacing.
When gardening time comes, you'll be ready. In the meantime, enjoy some pre-garden activities to keep you ready for that wondrous day of gardening.
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