cool-weather-loving plants again and
have a fall harvest.
If you have very cold winters and short
summers, you will plant everything at
about the same time. Consult your local Cooperative Extension o;ce, garden
center, or neighbors for more information speci;c to your area; visit the helpful
websites cited in the sidebar too.
Your children will come
up with numerous
questions about the
garden; ;nd out the
Buy your seeds and transplants from
local garden centers or from catalogs
and websites. I order seeds from Pine-
tree Garden Seeds, Seed Savers Ex-
change, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Heav-
enly Seeds, and Baker Creek Heirloom
Seeds. I start broccoli, tomatoes, pep-
pers, and eggplants from seed inside
under lights, or I buy transplants. For
everything else, I sow seeds directly in
the garden. If you are a beginning gar-
dener, buy a few transplants of tomatoes,
peppers, and broccoli at a store, and sow
seeds of other vegetables directly in the
ground according to the directions on
the seed package.
Top le;: Pulling crisp carrots from the ground
Top middle: Cabbage
Top right: A Mesclun salad mix grows in our
Bottom le;: Onions, safely tucked away under
a bed of mulch to slow the growth of weeds,
grow in our garden.
Bottom middle: Cilantro waits for the addition of some tomatoes, onions, and peppers for
its transformation into fresh salsa.
Bottom right: Broccoli—harvest it from your
garden and your children might enjoy eating it!
putting plants together in the same family. Tomatoes, peppers, and eggplants,
which are in the nightshade (Solanaceae)
family, could be rotated with root crops,
such as carrots and beets, and legumes.
Your older child can organize a crop rotation plan for the garden and can research,
diagnose, and treat any disease and pest
problems that arise. Older children can
also research the history of various garden plants; for example, people once
thought tomatoes were poisonous and
did not eat them.