In December 2010, the ban on growing tomatoes in outdoor learning environments at licensed childcare centers in North Carolina was lifted. Tomatoes can now be grown in the outdoor learning environments of children three years of age and older, as long as proper supervision is in place.
Starting plants from seeds indoors to be ready for planting the spring garden is a great idea and there are several important considerations to be successful—timing, planting depth, and light for new seedlings.
Sometimes the best or only option for greening an outdoor learning environment is to install planters directly on asphalt. Several options for safely installing raised planters on ashphalt are provided.
Raised garden planters are one of the foundational elements in natualized outdoor learning environments. They are more easily accessible, easier to control soil quality, and easier to maintain than in-ground beds. Requiring only lumber and soil, they are fairly affordable, as well.
The birds are attracted to sunflowers in your garden because they benefit from the high nutritional value sunflower seeds provide. They are also preparing for the winter months when there will be less food for them to eat. Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron as well as vitamin B complex, and a valuable source for protein, fiber and polyunsaturated fat.
Learn about selecting edible plants in landscapes designed for children and families.
Container gardening is a great way to grow fresh edible produce in a child care center setting. Children delight in growing and eating their own food. Whether the center staff want to grow a few tasty herbs, a pot of strawberries, or lettuce and tomatoes for delicious salads, there are four keys for successful edible container gardening.
Farm to Preschool aims to influence the eating habits of young children while their preferences are forming by improving healthy food access at home and within the community. Farm to Preschool encompasses all prekindergarten programs and focuses on school gardening and connecting farms and schools.
Gardening with children provides numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, inquiry, observation, and experimentation. With some planning, you can design and install a garden that will suit the needs of the children and adults that will be using it. Dream big, start small, and have fun!
Early spring is a time bursting with possibilities in the garden, even while the air is still cold and the days are just beginning to lengthen. Here are ways to jump start spring in the garden with kids, taking advantage of everything the season has to offer.