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Get Your Child Out In Nature - A Creative Way To Learn About Fresh Food and Fun Bugs

Posted Dec 30 2009 9:46am


We discovered cabbage worms in our broccoli. Ick. Gross. Blech. Nasty. Then my eight year old and I found that the Cabbage Worm Butterfly (known as the "Cabbage White") is what the Cabbage Worm Caterpillar develops into. What a fantastic way to get your children out in the garden to learn about nature! You can see our discovery in the video above. 

In hopes of seeing the butterflies in our own front yard, we are now rescuing wayward cabbage worms and placing them on all our broccoli. The idea is to save the cabbage, kale, cauliflower, but to use the broccoli as a breeding ground for the little green caterpillars.

We are already finding chrysalis's around the garden filled with the sleeping babies and cannot wait to see the butterflies emerge.

Get your children out in nature - especially to grow their own food - it is a very green and healthy thing to do and they will love the time you spend together learning. Happily, the front yard veggie garden has turned into a wonderful experiment for our family. Why not plan for the upcoming spring potential your yard can offer for childhood learning?

Shawna Coronado says Get Healthy! Get Green! Get Community! www.thecasualgardener.com, The Green Blog - www.gardeningnude.com, or The Garden Blog - http://thecasualgardener.blogspot.com

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