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Five Reasons Why Kids Should Garden

Seasonal Wisdom – June 16, 2011
By Teresa O'Connor

Five Reasons Why Kids Should Garden One of my favorite childhood memories was running around the garden until dinner time, chasing after lightning bugs and catching tadpoles. Sadly, too many kids spend most of their summer time indoors, playing on video games or watching TV. This lack of contact with nature can negatively affect these children’s health, well being and academic performance, say experts. Here’s why kids should be gardening instead… There are so many reasons why kids of all ages can benefit from gardening. Here are only five: 1) Prevents Nature Deficit Disorder: With so many kids spending time away from nature, we’re seeing evidence…
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