Get Outside and Get Gardening!
By: Cristina Bueno, Youth Associate
“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
The days are (thankfully) getting warmer, and soon we’ll start to see the arrival of spring! This means trees will get their leaves back, flowers will begin blooming, and more animal friends will come out to play. March is a wonderful time to teach kids about nature and gardening. If you have a garden at home, this is the time to start thinking about what you will plant this year. Vegetables! Flowers! Herbs! So many possibilities. Include your children in this planning by asking them what they would like to see planted. What are their favorite vegetables to eat, flowers to smell, or colors to see?
Never had a garden before? Don’t have a yard? Don’t worry about it! This is where your favorite library comes in handy. Check out our collection of books on gardening and you can learn how to start a simple garden, grow your existing garden, and even garden indoors. There are many ways to garden indoors with flowers, succulents, air plants, and small vegetables grown in pots.
Check out these books (and more in our collection) to help you get started.
“There are no gardening mistakes, only experiments.”
– Janet Kilburn Phillips
We know most kids like to get outside and get dirty. But did you know kids can actually learn something and benefit in other ways from getting dirty and having fun? Gardening is a fantastic way to let kids have fun in the dirt while teaching them important lessons about plants, nature, healthy eating, and working towards a goal.
Gardening with your children gives you the opportunity to:
- Introduce and discuss scientific concepts such as photosynthesis and how plants grow
- Encourage healthy eating habits by planting a variety of fruits and vegetables
- Connect with nature and with each other as you plant and cultivate your garden
- Work on motor skills by having them dig holes, carry buckets, and water plants
- Enjoy the fruits (perhaps literally) of your labor and inspire a sense of pride and accomplishment
If we happen to have some cold or rainy days this month, or your child wants more nature and gardening in their life, consider reading books about these topics or completing some nature inspired crafts. You’ll find a variety of books on nature and gardening, including picture books, craft books, and scientific fact books. Just ask a librarian if you need suggestions!
Also keep an eye out on our website and check The Guide for upcoming events focusing on springtime and nature. Tags: books, kids, recommendations