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Fun to Grow: Preston Seed Library

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Beth, Preston | April 1, 2019

Spring is in the air, and your garden is calling your name! Gardening is a great way to spend time outdoors with your kids. There is something magical about something growing from a tiny seed, and seeing it through a child’s eyes can make it even more magical. Sure, there’s a little lesson in patience, but there’s lots of fun to be had at each stage of the process, from preparing the garden to finally enjoying the blooms or food.

Why not plan your garden with your kids? If your kids chose to plant snap peas in that spot, maybe they’ll be more likely to eat those same peas! (Or beans, or tomatoes, or carrots, or leafy greens, or…!)

Why not involve the kids in a fun way by coming down to Idea Exchange, Preston to get seeds from our Seed Library.

Seed library? Yes! Not only does Idea Exchange, Preston have a Children’s Garden (look out for programming there this Spring and Summer), lend out garden tools, and have ongoing workshops regarding gardening and eco living, but we also have a seed collection that you can take seeds from, for free.

You don’t have to give the seeds back, of course, although if you are a seed saver you certainly can donate seeds to us any time. Saving seeds is also a great activity and science lesson for the kids! Don’t worry if that’s not your thing, though. We also keep stocked by generous support by Preston Community Gardens, rare Charitable Research Reserve and Seeds of Diversity.

Once your garden is planned and you’ve picked up seeds, have fun digging in the soil to prepare your garden. Then, enjoy planting, watering and weeding until you’re ready to harvest! I know lots of kids who don’t find these tasks a chore – they love to have a chance to get down and dirty.

All of our locations can help get your kids excited about the garden with our wide collection of fiction and non-fiction children’s books about seeds, gardening, and more.

Come practice those gardening skills with us on May 25 at our annual Garden Party Planting Day. Help prepare the garden and enjoy activities for the whole family!