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Updated: 06/18/2014 12:18:11AM

Growin’ groovy groceries

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY AL SMOKE

Children discover the fun of growing things at a program at DeSoto County Library put on by the Smokes as part of the Summer Reading Program. The theme this year is “Dig into Reading.” Activities take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m., and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

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The box of earthworms was a big hit—with many children wanting to take one home as a pet. Children learned how to make a compost pile and keep their worms happy.

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Children discover the joy of growing things by planting things from the grocery store. Grow a tree from an avocado or mango pit, or plant some citrus seeds. The tree will take many years to produce fruit—but it is fun to watch it grow.

By Karen Smoke

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Do you know there are lots of things at the grocery store you can grow? We recently did a children’s program on gardening at DeSoto County Library. Summer is not the best time to start a garden in Florida, so we concentrated on some fun things to grow that you can find in most grocery stores. Growing things is a good way to encourage your child’s curiosity.

Children will delight in growing stuff you would otherwise throw out. Watching a seed transform into a tree provides lessons in natural science. How does the root know to grow downward, and the shoot upward?

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