Now that spring is here, it is time to plan your homeschool garden. What vegetables, fruit, and herbs would you like to grow in your homeschool garden? What does your garden need to grow? Should you plant the corn and tomatoes together? Planning your homeschool garden takes a bit of research so that your garden will produce the best veggies and fruit for you and your family to eat!
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Let’s start by deciding what you are going to plant in your homeschool garden.
Take a moment to order several seed catalogs. My favorite is the Baker Creek Seed Co. catalog available on Rareseeds.com. This catalog is filled with amazing and unique heritage seeds for plants that will inspire you while you plan your garden.
Set a seed budget. Choose the seeds you will plant this year without going over the budget.
Now let’s figure out where to plant our seeds in our garden.
Research companion planting for each of the plants you picked for your garden. This is a great way to help your plants grow better and grow more in less space. Use your companion planting information to learn how to map out your spring homeschool garden. Where will each plant go? Can you move things around a bit more to be more disease and pest resistant?
Let’s talk about what sort of nutrition each plant needs to grow.
How much and how often do you need to water your garden? Do your plants need special nutrients added to the soil? How do you get rid of weeds or bugs that can harm your plants?
Now let’s plan how you will work on starting seedlings.
Which plants can you start indoors? Which ones need to be sown directly? Look for upcycled items you can collect to start your seeds without spending money. When the nice spring weather moves in and there is no more chance of frost, you can start your seeds and observe them daily so you have the opportunity to see how seeds sprout and grow.
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Next weeks post: What Your Child Can Learn Starting a Plant from Seed
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