Practice Makes Perfect -- Gardening Series

This is the last post in our gardening series.

Once your garden has had time to grow, it's time to harvest some of those veggies.  Children love to help in the garden and really enjoy trying the foods that they help to grow.  Have a healthy snack with the foods that you harvested by making a garden on a plate.  Below is a recipe for some veggies and dip that you can arrange on a plate like a garden and can be a "practice run" for your planting.

Garden on a Plate

Ingredients
4 celery or carrots or baby carrots, washed
4 tablespoons refried beans or hummus
2 tablespoons canned corn kernels, drained
2 tablespoons shredded reduce fat cheddar cheese
6 broccoli florets, washed
1 jar salsa (optional)


Directions
  1. Place carrots sticks on the plate in the shape of a rectangle.  This represents your garden bed.
  2. Fill the rectangle with beans or hummus.  This represents the soil.
  3. Place corn kernels evenly spaced over the surface of the soil.  This represents the seeds that are planted in a garden.
  4. Cover the surface of the beans (or hummus) with cheese.  This represents mulch that will keep the plants moist and prevent weeds.
  5. Place broccoli florets upright in the soil.  This represents the plants that grew from the seeds.
  6. You can "water" your garden with salsa, if you like.
  7. Eat your garden by dipping the broccoli and carrots into the beans.

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