Everything kids need to know about gardening this summer

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What do you love about gardening?

“It’s a fun family activity and every night we check, weed and water our plants. I love to see the results of my hard work and watch the plants grow,” said Mia Eiswirth, 13, of Regina. “We can eat the vegetables and harvest the flowers.”

“I like to eat strawberries … and I like to water and dig and put rocks in,” said four-year-old Luke Hagon. He also learned about beetles and how the “praying mantis can get faster”.

Six-year-old Juniper Hartnett said she likes planting the seeds, along with “being outside and eating the plants after they grow”.

What did you learn from gardening?

Hartnett said she learned how plants need sunlight and how “you can eat the plants if they’re not poisonous”.

Eiswirth said she learned how “different plants need different amounts of sunlight and water to grow, and when it’s cold they have to be covered or they die. Some plants have shorter harvest times and others longer.”

Luke Hagon is a four year old with a penchant for praying mantises, ladybugs, dung beetles, and many other beetles. (Submitted by Cindy Hagon)

“I learned about dragonflies and butterflies and ladybugs,” said Hagon. The praying mantis is his favorite because it can move quickly and “eats insects”.

What’s the best way to control insects in your garden?

“I think the best way to deal with beetles that eat your plans is to get them away. Because you never know, they can be good for something else. It could help other animals, the whole circle,” said Eiswirth.

Juniper Hartnett is six years old and loves plants. This year her family has grown tomatoes, corn, and many other crops indoors. (Submitted by Elsie Hartnett)

Hagon said he catches bugs and puts them in his bug container. “But praying mantises are difficult to catch. They are fast.”

Hartnett has a different method. She sprays water on the plants to “drive away the beetles”.

If you could be a plant in the garden, which one would you be?

“I love sunflowers, so I should be a sunflower because they are big and others can see them and they are also good for the bees,” said Eiswirth. “I would be very tall so that I could look anywhere and see very far.”

Hartnett said she was a strawberry plant because she likes it and eats it in the garden.

Mia Eiswirth and her family garden together in their garden. She said it would be a sunflower if it could be any plant in the garden. (Submitted by Mia Eiswirth)

“I would be a flower. A praying mantis, ”said Hagon. His favorite flowers are strawberry plants, which bloom before they bear fruit.

What do you think of dandelions?

“I have a feeling that everyone wants a nice lawn with no dandelions, but I know it is good for the bees. So we usually just leave it or I do flower crowns when I go camping,” said Eiswirth.

“You can give nectar to bees,” said Hagon. He likes dandelions because “they help bugs”.

“You are beautiful,” said Hartnett. He also said that they are good for the bees because they can be used to make honey.

What is your advice to other children who want to start gardening?

“Water it and then you plant something and then you just water it again and then you eat the berries,” Hagon said.

Hartnett said she hopes other children will know, “They have a seed, plant it and water it, and that sometimes it can grow very quickly.”

“My advice should be: give it a try. You don’t have to be afraid. You could love it Do some research on which plants you want to grow so you have an idea of ​​what it will be like and enjoy your harvest. If you want to grow vegetables, you have to enjoy them. It’s going to be great, “said Eiswirth.

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