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HVP June 2019

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18 Hudson Valley Parent n June 2019 Hudson Valley, the time is ripe for starting a garden. If the thought feels overwhelming or you're not sure how to begin, Lerner has a simple piece of advice: start small and keep it fun. "Pick a garden that matches the time and energy you have," she says. That might mean planting a vegetable patch, or it could mean tending to a few starter seeds. If the idea of maintaining a can be a wonderful time." Now, Lerner works as a Senior Resource Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Putnam County, helping other families create those same kinds of memories for their children. Match your garden to your time and energy Now that spring has sprung in the By ELORA TOCCI W hen Jennifer Lerner was a child, she spent nearly every evening after dinner weeding and playing in the garden with her family. Those memories are some of her favorites. "We were together," she says of her family. "And for children, that 6 reasons to start a garden with your kids Garden as a family for fun bonding opportunities Susan Ndiyae (right) says her 2-year-old loves to poke holes in the ground, plant seeds and spend time with her in the garden.

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