Tackle It Tuesday – Kids Gardening

by Susan

Tackle It Tuesday

I believe I am a good mother and I do everything I can to make the best life for my girls.

But I have weaknesses and a full stockpile of mommy-guilt. One area where I feel I fall short is in the good old fashioned homemaking talent of growing and preserving your own food. I see beautiful blog posts from friends who show photos of the amazing fruits of their gardens and tell stories of teaching their children to garden and preserve foods.

Well, I have a townhouse with a tiny backyard, a fear of bugs, a disdain for dirt, and so little knowledge of preserving foods that an attempt to do so would be dangerous.

I’ve always assumed I’d just let my failure to introduce my kids to gardening and growing vegetables add another layer to my mommy-guilt.

But, no longer… I have a successful TACKLE to report…

Sophia with GrowumsThanks to a fabulous swag item (retail price $9.99) that I received at a party during BlogHer, my children have officially planted carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes and lettuce!

Yes, I am thrilled by this adorable little kids gardening teaching tool called Growums®.

My children and I spent about 30 minutes going through this special kids gardening activity and I think it is now one of my favorite teaching activities for children. It was simple and didn’t take too much time which was important for my 3 year old’s attention span, but educational and advanced enough to inspire my 6 year old.

We watched a couple quick videos on the website, followed the simple instructions and had some fantastic conversation about gardens, vegetables and healthy eating.

The girls are excited to watch their little gardens grow and I’m relieved that I can take my mommy-guilt down a small notch. Perhaps this little step into gardening will take us further towards creating a real garden one day.

Sophia and Julia with Growums

What about you? Do you garden? Have you taught your kids gardening basics?

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

Here is a fun thumbnail linky:

And here is a basic linky if you prefer your linkies the good old fashioned way!

Written by Susan Carraretto, co-founder of the Mom Blog 5 Minutes for Mom.
Talk with me: @5minutesformom and Facebook.com/5minutesformom.

In case you are wondering, this is NOT a sponsored post. I received a sample item worth $9.99 during a party at BlogHer. I sincerely love the product and wanted to share about my experience.



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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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1 Living So Abundantly August 16, 2011 at 8:02 am

That is great that you are teaching your children that at a young age! My dad taught me as a kid, and it gave me confidence to go out and try it when we bought a home. :)

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2 Jolene August 16, 2011 at 8:14 am

Starting young is a great idea. Mine were older when we started to garden and feel it is a chore. Actually, it is both but they do not see the enrichment it gives as well.

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3 Cat Davis August 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

I think it’s wonderful you’re getting the kids involved in gardening! We did our first raised bed vegetable farm this year, I linked up our harvest which wasn’t too difficult to tackle.

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4 EthEng August 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Gardening is a good thing to teach kids. I do something different though — I let my kids play the Fashion Fantasy Game. I thought it was an educational thing to do, but yeah, I think I’ll try gardening some time as well.

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5 EthEng August 16, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Actually, I was joking. I don’t have kids, but if I did, I would try gardening.

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6 security suite August 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

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7 Tina Candes August 16, 2011 at 8:12 pm

You have to grow a TickleMe Plant to get the ultimate gardening experience with plants and kids. The TickleMe Plant is the only plant that suddenly closes its leaves and lowers its branches when Tickled! See video it will wow you and of course grow one.
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8 Marianne August 20, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Learning about gardening young is great! You might also find that it is a way to get them to eat the dreaded veggies! There is a strong interest when you grow your own to cook and eat them.
You are doing a great job! Happy gardening!

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9 seo blackhat forum August 23, 2011 at 3:42 am

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10 Kids Gardening October 1, 2013 at 8:26 am

Nice Blog, Kids gardening is the best way to make your children mind more creative. Gardening keeps your children busy during holiday and create lots of fun for them. Get the gardening kits from online websites, and grow your own garden.

Nicole Martin

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11 Everyday Belongings July 18, 2014 at 1:53 am

What a fantastic time you had with your children. I will have to pick up some Growums for my children so we can have some fun this weekend. Thanks Susan.
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