|There is a lot to be done to a garden in the autumn. You can teach your children about gardening and spend some quality time with them while working in the garden.
If you planted any fruits or vegetables in the spring, early fall is the time to harvest them. Children will love helping you pick the fruits and vegetables and because they helped out they will be more likely to eat the things they helped you harvest. Another great way to spend time with your children is by having them help you prepare foods with what you harvested.
In the fall you will want to heavily water all your perennials, trees and shrubs. This will help give them an adequate water supply through the winter. Most children love helping out and a task such as watering can be done by a child of almost any age.
Another easy fall garden chore to share with children is removing the dead plants from your garden. Children can easily pull up most dead plants and put them in a compost pile. Make sure you supervise in case you have any perennials close to the dead plants. You will not want them damaged or pulled up with the dead plants.
Autumn is the time to plant spring blooming bulbs like tulips and daffodils. Children love to dig holes in the dirt, now you can put their digging to good use. Planting bulbs is very easy. You dig a hole to the depth specified depending on what you are planting, stick the bulb in, make sure it is not upside down, and cover it with dirt, water, and cover with mulch. It is very simple and your kids will be thrilled in the spring when the bulbs they planted start to grow and bloom.
Children can also help by dumping out the dirt from your clay pots and help you clean them for winter storage. Leaving clay pots outside during the harsh winter months can cause them to crack and break.
Then finally there is the fall favorite, raking leaves. Children love to rake up piles of leaves and jump into them. It is a great way to spend an afternoon with your kids. Make a game out of raking the leaves. See who can rake the most the fastest, or who can make the biggest pile. The let the kids jump in the leaves and have fun, so what if you have to rake them all up again. You get to spend time with your children and make family memories.
There are plenty of things that have to be done to your yard and garden before winter sets in. They donít have to be dreaded or looked at as work or chores. Include the family and turn autumn gardening into a fun and memorable tradition. Go out for ice cream after everything is done and enjoy the time you spent together.