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Rancho Sienna News

Gardening with the kids

14 March . 2018

Garden with the kids at Rancho Sienna’s new community garden

Rancho Sienna is planning to open a new community garden soon where residents can reserve a raised bed and grow their own veggies. We’ll have more details on this exciting new amenity soon. For now, let’s take a look at the many benefits of getting kids into the garden.

Kids who garden have higher scores in science than those who do not, according to PBS Parents. Gardening inspires kids to ask questions about science topics like photosynthesis and biology. There’s also a chance to work in some math, for example, by figuring out the area of a garden plot, or how many cubic feet of soil are needed to fill a raised bed.

Fresh veggies also provide many healthy vitamins and minerals, and kids are more likely to eat them if they’ve had a hand in growing them. Easy crops like spinach, carrots and beets are known to boost brain function. Sunflowers are also easy and fun, and their seeds are rich in iron and protein.

Gardening offers physical benefits that can help kids keep in shape. They won’t even realize they’re exercising when they’re having fun pushing wheelbarrows and spreading compost. These activities can help build motor skills, and promote calm and focused minds.

With its shady deck and picnic table, Rancho Sienna’s community garden will also offer a place for gardeners of all ages to socialize and celebrate their success. Even better, they can prepare a harvest feast at the Outdoor Dining Room, or a picnic at Greenleaf Park.

Ready to get started? Here are a few tips for getting started from Texas A&M University.

Rancho Sienna’s community garden will soon be part of more than 100 acres of parks, trails and natural open space available to residents. See the fun.