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.
All plants have scienti;c and common
names, and the scienti;c names are usually Latin: cabbage is properly known as
Brassica. Your Latin student can translate
common names to Latin and learn to
write scienti;c nomenclature correctly.
Seed catalogs are a good resource for examples of Latin terms.
For more work in math and science,
make graphs and charts that document
the amount of time required for di;er-
ent seeds to germinate, elapsed time from
planting to harvest, rainfall, temperature,
and ;rst and last frost dates from year to
year. Determine the e;ect of rain, temper-
ature, and fertilization programs on the
amount of vegetables harvested. Children
could also ;nd out what happens to a sun-
loving plant when it grows in the shade.
Mary Ann has gardened since childhood, and since having children, enjoys
having them “help” in the garden while
they learn about the natural world. She
writes a weekly gardening column in her
local paper and blogs about gardening
.com. She lives in South Carolina with
her two daughters, whom she homeschools, her husband, nine chickens, and
duce water evaporation.
enough water to penetrate an inch
or so below the surface of the soil.
•;Plants;learn;to;tolerate;drought;bet-ter when you water deeply, applying
½ to 1 inch of water at a time to the
roots of the plants instead of sprinkling the plants frequently with a
Broccoli, spinach, collards, lettuce,
turnip greens (and other leafy greens),
leeks, garlic, carrots, beets, parsnips,
English peas, potatoes
Tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, okra,
beans, lima beans, crowder/Southern
peas, sweet potatoes, corn, melons,
Consult your local extension agent,
garden center, neighbor, or
/ frostfreemaps.html to ;nd out the
;rst and last frost dates for your area.
•;The;National Garden Association’s
general gardening information.
sion to locate your local extension
agent and ;nd links to gardening
•;Mother Earth News magazine’s website (
contains information about gardening, homesteading, livestock, and
about its bene;ts, visit www.howto
• The Garden Primer by Barbara