Gardening season is officially here, and our family could not be happier. While we are downsizing our garden this year, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and watermelon are on the top of our list.
The weather has been on the chillier side in New England, but we started first by planting our tomato plants. We do not grow these from seed, but we do grow our cucumbers and melons from seed.
Our son is especially super interested in gardening and enthusiastic to help. Often his enthusiasm is a bit rough around the edges, so we decided to give him a lesson on gardening which enriched what he is learning is school right now.
Gardening Lessons for Kids
Here are some key skills we are actively teaching our son through the art of gardening.
When it comes to gardening, care is crucial. We remind our son that being gentle with the plants and roots is super important. He is quickly learning that we must plant the tomatoes gently and thoughtfully so they can spread their roots and thrive.
Gardening is not a one-and-done kind of task. Our son is learning that you must put effort into every stage of the process; preparing the soil, planning out the placements, and planting each species according to their growth zones.
Another great skill we are teaching our son is dedication. He is learning that we must be dedicated to maintaining a weed-free and well-hydrated garden. If we aren’t committed to our garden, the plants won’t thrive and grow into something big–kind of like goals for the future.
Since we just started planting this week, we taught our son that patience is the key to gardening. Good things always start out small but can be cultivated into something bigger and better.
While the tomato leaves appear tiny right now, over time they will bud and bear fruit, getting bigger and better with care, effort, dedication, and patience.
College Savings Also Takes Care, Effort, Dedication, and Patience
I love how a fun activity like gardening allows us to teach our son skills that can be applied to everyday life. He knows that he has to work hard to earn his allowance and has to be patient to save up overtime for something big he wants.
Saving his allowance, is just like how Jared and I are adding money to our 529 saving plans for our children. Our monthly investments will grow with care, effort, dedication, and most importantly patience.
We’re excited to partner with Fidelity and MEFA again and will be attending the U.Fund Dreams Tour at the Cambridge Arts River Festival on June 1st. It will be a fun filled day where parents can get educated on MEFA’s U.Fund College Investing Plan, while kids can play games, color, and take pictures in the photo booth. We hope you will come join us to find more helpful resources!