Gardening for New Immigrant Families to USA
Why do Gardening as a New Immigrant Family
New families starting out together for the first time in the U.S., specifically need things to do together. Moreover, doing things together helps foster the new family by interaction with one another. Doing something like gardening as a family requires active participation, and that’s always valuable to foster a newly created family.
Before the days of personal technology and social media, families had no choice but to actually talk and interact with one another. These days, however, it’s not uncommon to find entire families staring at their screens without exchanging a single word.
This may be the normal for most families, but it doesn’t have to be for yours. Take time out from activities, jobs and other obligations and simply spend time together is an important way for families to connect. For instance, one way to do that is by gardening as a family.
Gardening gives a newly created family an opportunity to put down their smart phones and engage with each other, face to face.
In addition, gardening provides the family with healthy foods at a lower price than buying at the store.
Most of all, accomplishing a task together like gardening is great for a new family as it helps show that you can complete your goals together.
Starting out Gardening
Putting in a new garden might seem like a big project. However, it can be as simple as placing a few potted plants together on your porch.
Further, a small raise bed gardening is done by nailing boards together on the ground and filling with soil.
Ultimately, a large in-ground garden is a lot of work, but worthwhile if you can do it.
In the end, what matters the most is working together as a family to create something.
Firstly, make a list of what you want to grow and items that you need.
Everyone in the family can participate, but picking the right plants will make a difference in the outcome.
Specifically choose plants or seeds that are easy to grow and are trouble-free. A good web site for learning all about gardening in the USA is found by clicking on www.usagardener.com.
Research what types of plants grow well in your area. In addition, understand that the weather varies substantially in the US depending on location. Also, learn and understand how and what grows in your area. The growing season, temperature, rainfall and plant types differs from place to place.
Pick plants that are normally grow in your area. On the other hand, as an immigrant family, also check and see if plants from your own country or similar type are grown in your area. Therefore, cooking meals from both the US and your own country is fun. However, do not grow anything that is an evasive species.
For larger gardens, it’s important to test the soil tested, and after receiving the results, make any adjustments to ensure that it has the proper nutrients and balance to grow plants.
Even if the garden doesn’t turn out perfectly, it is a great family activity. Most of all, what matters is spending quality time together as a family.
For other family things to do together, click here read our recent post on “Recreational Opportunities in the USA for Immigrant Children and Teenagers“.