The garden is all a bustle in June. In Oklahoma we got a lot of rain and then the weather warmed way up. The garden is growing like gangbusters! The kids are enjoying every minute of learning the garden has to offer. We are harvesting healthy food right and left. My Little Sprouts and I have harvested about 98 pounds of food this month! So far this year, we are over 176! Wowie! Can you imagine what those numbers could be by the end of the year? We are hoping to grow most of our summer food and still have some to put up for the winter in the freezer.
We have harvested potatoes, asparagus, peas, broccoli, blueberries, basil, thyme, green beans, dry beans, kale, lettuce, carrots, garlic, onions, tomatoes, cabbage, kohlrabi, dill, cilantro, and parsley. The kids are enjoying the garden tremendously and learning so much! They learn social skills, stewardship, taking turns, patience, and even about pollinators! They are learning how to recognize plants, fruits, and vegetables as well as building knowledge about natural practices, life cycles, beneficial verses non-beneficial insects, and building their fine and gross motor skills. They are getting lots of exercise, sunshine and fresh air as well as great nutritious food to enjoy for their meals. We know where our food is coming from and we know it is not full of harmful chemicals. The kids are learning how to clean and prepare food for eating as well. The best part is every child has learned to like a wider variety of foods and has tried many new experiences. The garden is so amazingly beautiful. It’s full of so many lessons and so much information. It’s paradise on earth and it gives us so many wonderful gifts. Teaching children at a young age about the glory of the garden is a project worthy of our attention and efforts.