Gardening for Kids
Here is a summer activity that can last the entire summer. Helping the kids grow their
own garden is fun and they will be able to reap the benefits before school starts again by
harvesting their own vegetables.
This activity will require some pre-planning and most likely should be started before
school is out. The best way to start a garden for children is to germinate the seeds
indoors. After it is decided what type of vegetables to grow, get the plants ready inside
so they have a better chance of success when they are moved to the outdoors.
Beans, radishes, and carrots are all easy vegetables to grow. Strawberries are a popular
alternative to vegetables and are also considered an easy plant to take care of. Have the
children make home-made row markers for their vegetable garden using paper and
Popsicle sticks. You can have the pictures laminated or do-it-yourself with some clear
packing tape to protect them from rain.
Make the garden the child’s responsibility, if there is already a garden plot in your yard
give them a section to call their own. Most children can be in charge of their own
weeding and watering. This is another good activity that fosters independence and will
give the children a sense of accomplishment come the end of the summer – eating
vegetables that they grew themselves in their own backyard.
If fruit and vegetables do not interest your child, try a different kind of plant. Growing
sunflowers is very rewarding. They can grow up to 8-12 feet tall and the seeds are
edible. Or, go to the garden center together and let them pick out a small plant or seeds
that they want to take care of for the summer or maybe for longer if they pick a perennial
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.