Organic Gardening with Children

Organic Gardening with Children

Photo courtesy of Ann JozefczykBy Ann Jozefczyk
Guest Columnist

I started attending the Northwest Flower & Garden Show with my mother, Rita, many years ago (before I had a house, let alone a garden).

Now I go with my daughter Clare. I enjoy searching out my favorite vendors and discovering new ones. Several years ago I bought a terrific trowel which was manufactured in Poland. This year I found one made in Montana by Fisher Blacksmithing (booth #2533).

Last year I ordered three raised beds from Orcaboard after I saw them at the show. But I am really excited about what I’ll be doing after the show this year!

A Backyard Farm - Seattle Urban Farm Co, Photo courtesy of HeBlogsSheBlogs.comLast spring my good friend, Martha, had a beautiful vegetable garden put in—something I’ve been struggling to do for some time. She told me all about Colin and his Seattle Urban Farm Company and how he helped her create a gorgeous edible garden. Colin has agreed to help me set up an organic garden in Mukilteo, complete with worm bins, rain barrels, and even columnar apple trees on our deck.

I am planning on doing some of the gardening with a small group of children and have been saving sturdy branches for sweet pea and sunflower houses as well as keeping an eye out for interesting seeds. In the past I have done cooking with children so I am delighted that we will be able to work with our own harvest — a little Chez Panisse in Mukilteo.

Crush - Pacific Stone Co., Photo courtesy of HeBlogsSheBlogs.comIn addition to Colin’s “A Backyard Farm,” the two display gardens with the most ideas for me were Northwest Horticultural Society’s “Eat Your Vegetables! – Garden to Table” NW Hort Society Eat Your Vegetables! Garden to Table, Photo courtesy of HeBlogsSheBlogs.comand Pacific Stone Company’s “Crush.” The NHS is offering demonstrations which I will try to see more of on Friday. “Crush” showed how just the right amount of stonework can enhance any pea patch to potager status.

Other great finds at this year’s show:

Franchi Old World Italian Seeds (booth #2210) – could I really grow basil like you can get in Cinque Terre?

RE Store Door – at last, something I can make with those 100-year-old solid wood doors I’ve been saving in my basement.

But my all-time favorite—and I might even have to buy it for my Dad—is the Birdhouse Spy Cam (booth #2346) He would no longer be frustrated late at night trying to see what the owl is doing out in the backyard.

  • Sue
    Posted at 20:29h, 22 February Reply

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  • TopVeg
    Posted at 02:12h, 23 February Reply

    Allowing to children to enjoy growing veg – letting them watch the plants develop & then seeing them proudly harvest the fruits of their work – is a wonderful thing

  • Deborah Burns
    Posted at 11:46h, 24 February Reply

    The Birdhouse Spycam was really cool!

  • Acai Berry Pills
    Posted at 11:03h, 24 August Reply

    I’m always into discussions on anything organic, so this read made me feel at home.
    I’ll bookmark the site and subscribe to the feed!

  • artificial grass
    Posted at 01:16h, 17 July Reply

    I remember mom when we go the garden or plant crops.She’s out of the country for years but i’m still continuing what we have started.I actually have her favorite flowers in the garden like different colors of roses.

  • dildenafil
    Posted at 10:48h, 19 July Reply

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    Really good. thanx

  • Angela
    Posted at 07:40h, 04 September Reply

    I love everything about garden all that i can buy for my garden is beautifull

  • Sue Rosenkranz
    Posted at 13:19h, 09 October Reply

    Hi Ann, Did you dance at UW ~1980 when Bill Evans Co were visiting faculty? If so, I would love to reconnect. I gave my em address at “Leave a comment”. -Sue R, living in Boston now

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    Posted at 07:27h, 01 December Reply

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  • trade plumbing supplies
    Posted at 19:53h, 18 January Reply

    Gardening is my passion together with my family.I started out when i was three,when we have a small garden at home,a vegetable garden.I still have it now that i’m twenty one.Flowers and other crops are truly fantastic when you see them bloom.

  • home wall art
    Posted at 22:38h, 31 January Reply

    Wow!nice garden photos here.I’m getting more inspired to decorate my garden whenever i see other garden.I hope to see your plants and share my garden as well.

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