The Kitchen Garden: A Homeschool Gardening Project

The Kitchen Garden - A Homeschool Gardening Project from An Everyday Story

The Kitchen Garden - A Homeschool Gardening Project from An Everyday StoryI know we missed the best time to plant, I know we planted too late in the season but enthusiasm got the best of us and six weeks ago we planted our kitchen garden.

This corner of our yard has become such a lifeblood for our family; a constant hub of activity, of gentle meandering, of careful weeding and sometimes, just sitting happily on the side of a garden bed dreaming of what this garden will become.

We started with a big ugly overgrown mess; piles of broken concrete, empty pots cracking from too much time in the sun, compost bins buckling from the burden of seemingly never been emptied; roses with thorns the size of my littlest love’s fingers snagged little shirts whenever we walked passed.

We tried to clean it our ourselves. We chipped away at it, but it was an overwhelming task for us. So we saved some pennies and…

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hired this guy! And oh wasn’t that simply the most exciting event to have ever happened to our family! Jack was completely mesmerised; in awe of the power and precision of this machine.

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And then we had a clean slate to work with. The anxieties I felt for that space were gone, now replaced by optimism and anticipation. And with that our little garden has begun to grow; the first cucumber flowers, the first tiny tomatoes, little lettuces have popped their heads up and our raspberries are heavy with fruit.

Tomatoes (An Everyday Story)The Kitchen Garden - Cucumbers (An Everyday Story) The Kitchen Garden - Growing Cherry Tomatoes (An Everyday Story) The Kitchen Garden - Lettuce (An Everyday Story) The Kitchen Garden - Raspberries (An Everyday Story) The Kitchen Garden (An Everyday Story)Hasn’t it changed? The space was actually quite large when it was all cleared out. Oh the excitement. We’ve planted grass seed which will cover this whole area. It is going to be beautiful.

The kitchen garden will be a major part of Jack and Sarah’s homeschooling. Together we will learn about:

  • how plants grow – nurturing plants from seeds
  • which seasons different plants grow best
  • caring for plants – sowing, mulching, watering, weeding
  • harvesting plants
  • companion planting
  • edible flowers and natural bug repellents
  • preparing foods: cooking, preserving and storing
  • the role of the weather and how it influences plant growth – rain/sun/frost/wind
  • soil quality and preparing soil
  • different plant families
  • composting
  • building and maintainingΒ a worm farm

And so very much more as the days roll by and the seasons change.

Kitchen Garden - Pulling weeds (from An Everyday Story)
Sarah happily pulling weeds
Planting Beans in the Kitchen Garden (An Everyday Story)
Learning how to plant seeds

Our kitchen garden design

Kitchen Garden Design - An Everyday StoryI’m hoping to keep you up to date with our gardening adventures. We are planning our chicken coop at the moment. Jack and Sarah have drawn up designs, we’ve researched what chickens need to be comfortable, and we are almost at the building stage. Oh this garden is so very much fun.

I’m looking forward to showing you their designs as well as the progress in the kitchen garden next month. You can follow #thekitchengarden on Instagram too if you like. I’m @kate_aneverydaystory. I’d love to see some photos of your kitchen garden too.

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Jack and Sarah have really been enjoying Ruby Red Shoes. It is a beautifully illustrated story about Ruby, an aware hare who loves gardening and cares for all living things. Have a look for it next time you’re at the library. It’s really delightful.
…and! I just came across these amazing looking healthy food alphabet cards from Teepee Learning. They are Australian made, printed on sustainably harvested A5 card stock, using Australian script and Australian foods photographed at the creator’s local farmers markets! How wonderful is that?!

27 Replies to “The Kitchen Garden: A Homeschool Gardening Project”

  1. How exciting! I hope to do something like this someday!

  2. I love, love, love your kitchen garden, Kate. It is so inspiring! I really would love to have even something a quarter of that size to tend to! And I am so pleased your children are loving Ruby Red Shoes. It is quite possibly one of the most uplifting books I have ever read and I love that it is from an Australian author too
    !

  3. It’s already so amazing! Such a beautiful classroom. You’ve inspired me to reclaim our bed from the chickens! x

  4. So lovely Kate, as you know I am passionate about outdoors and the learning and play opportunities it offers to children. how lucky your guy are to be experiencing an living these beautiful life lessons. Can’t wait to follow the journey!

  5. This looks so fab Kate, I can’t wait to see how it develops. It’s absolutely dripping in meaningful learning opportunities! And wowsers, how exciting to have a real digger in your own garden!!

  6. What a gorgeous garden with such promise! I love weeding with little one’s. They learn so much from being outdoors, spending time with you and learning about growing their own foods. Love that you’re sharing this with us!

  7. What a lovely space. I’m impressed by how much you can grow in your yard. Chicken envy! I’m doing my best on my tiny inner city lot plus a community garden patch down the street. It’s tougher there, though, because it’s smack between the playground and the beach volleyball court…which is really the world’s biggest sandpit and an irresistible lure to small boy. Who was terribly impressed by the digger, BTW.

  8. I am enamoured with gardening at the moment too. Our garden is also a blank slate and we’re working on it – slowly but surely! I look forward to seeing your garden’s progress – it’s something i’ll be sharing as well πŸ™‚

  9. What a super wonderful project to enjoy together! And growing your own produce will just be so special πŸ™‚

  10. How wonderful, what a lovely experience to share as a family and amazing learning opportunities to be had along the way.

  11. Wow what a wonderful new beginning. I can’t wait to see how it grows. πŸ™‚

  12. What an exciting project, from start to finish! Chooks are the best fun… I strongly recommend Jackie French’s The Chook Book if you haven’t read it already.

    1. Ohhh we haven’t read that one. Jackie French is great though. I’ll have a look for it when we’re at the library next. Thank you πŸ™‚

  13. What a great reminder this post is! A reminder that children learn a lot from everyday experiences, that they learn best when intimately involved in a project, and that on projects like kitchen garden they learn those important practical skills. We have a vegetable garden, some fruit trees/bushes and 3 chickens – my children love it, particularly the eating part of it. And if there is anything edible straight from the plant, rarely makes it into the kitchen πŸ™‚

  14. love this!!! love even more seeing it in real life – you have an incredible space and you are making such good use of it πŸ™‚ love the layout and like you, am just loving the new ‘vibe’ it brings to the family. getting out there together πŸ™‚ excited to see how yours progresses and when the chickies arrive too πŸ™‚

  15. This is a very inspiring post. I’m so tempted to set up something like this myself. Opens up such amazing learning opportunities.

  16. Oh there is never a ‘wrong’ time to plant something! I think people often get hung up on gardening ‘correctly’ so they don’t do it at all… when really you should just get out there, put some seeds in the dirt and see what happens!!

    Can’t wait to watch your garden grow and your family along with it!

    1. I think you are right Kate. And your garden is amazing so you must be on to something. We are very much novices; we really have no idea what grows well here and what doesn’t. But that is all part of the fun πŸ™‚ This last week of high 30s temps has been a little rough on the poor little plants but hopefully they will recover. Our cucumbers and tomatoes are doing well and the beans finally popped their heads through. Our capsicums are looking a little sad. Too hot for them πŸ™

  17. Amazing. What a beautiful and inspiring place. And how exciting! I’ve recently moved and can’t wait to get out in our garden! It’s only rented though so I will have to be inventive with my containers etc. I want to build a bamboo ‘teepee’ that can serve both as a frame to grow peas and a little den for my boy. It has been raining and hailing non-stop here in south west England though so our outside time has been mostly spent investigating puddles rather than gardening πŸ˜‰ we’re enjoying watching the birds in our garden and the horses in the neighbouring field though and we will have to make do with tending to our window sill herbs for now. Will enjoying seeing how your garden progresses!

  18. This just makes me so happy for all of you…and for those of us who get to read and follow along πŸ˜‰

  19. Oh this is so wonderful! I wish our summers were longer so our garden would grow like this, but summers last only a few months. I will garden vicariously through you this year, as I don’t think we will have our own (we are thinking of selling our house before summer). Enjoy your space!

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