Kids learn so much from digging in the dirt, growing plants from seeds and cultivating vegetables for family dinners. Gardening classes for kids can teach them how the plants grow and help them gain confidence while growing their own vegetables.
I get a lot of questions about what to grow in the desert, from containers on a patio to how to build a backyard garden. So, I bought a garden bed at Floyd Lamb park for kids to be able to see what grows well here and to hold classes. I’ve reached out to a few people and will update the classes in the weekly newsletter. I designed a garden planner to hold all your plans and projects. It’s on sale for 50% OFF through April 15 with discount code SPRINGCLEAN.
Gardening Classes at Floyd Lamb Park
Every Wednesday at 5 p.m., a master gardener is on hand to answer questions and teach kids (and parents) about gardening in the desert.
The gardening class this Thursday, April 8, Terri Kurcab of Homeschool Gardens is showing us how to build an earthworm farm! If you want to build your own earthworm farm, bring a tub of worms (Star Nursery sells them) and a clear shoebox with a lid (dollar store). She will also be on hand to answer general composting and gardening questions that kids or parents have. If you can drill holes in the bottom of the clear tub before you come, that would be great. Otherwise we will have an awl and we can poke some holes in the containers. We talked to Terri in late summer last year to get ready for a fall garden.
Build an Earthworm Farm
Terri at Homeschool Gardens taught us how to build an earthworm farm! It was a so much fun, we probably all forgot how to maintain those healthy farms! Here is the series of posts Terri wrote to help you build, maintain and successfully use the products of the earthworm farm in your garden.
What Kids Learn from Gardening
There are many skills children learn when working a garden, from the growing process to expanding their vocabulary and outdoor experiences. They can also improve fine motor skills with writing and drawing. We have a bucket of paint pens and rocks for kids to decorate rocks. We have hidden a few around the garden! If you find one, take a photo and tag us on Instagram @vegaskidszone!
Kids can also get a chance to check out local wildlife. We’ve seen jackrabbits, peacocks, chipmunks and a wide variety of birds. We’ve even had a few horses stop by, with their riders, and talk to the kids about the animals’ dressings, diet and dispositions!
Gardening can help children get an understanding of the lifecycle of plants, a closer look at wildlife, compare the shapes, sizes, and weight of seeds, foliage, and produce. They solve problems as they work the garden and figure out how to keep critters out, protect plants, pry away rocks and clear out leaves and junk from the bed. They can also chart the height of the plants each week and track their growth.
Gardening is a tactile and sensory experience that revs up their curiosity. Kids can work independently from a young age to grow their own vegetables from seeds they push into the dirt. They are so proud when they pluck the ripened fruit after patiently waiting and tending the garden.
The best part of our gardening days has been the other families and kids we’ve met at the community beds. On a recent afternoon, as another mom and I worked our beds, we commented that while we brought helpers, we didn’t have any because they were using sticks as swords, gathering pine cones and running rings around the garden.