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Gardening With Your Children

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Teaching your kids to garden is not only a great way to introduce them to plants and fruit and vegetables, but it can encourage them to eat the healthy produce that they have a hand in growing while also allowing the two of you to spend some time together. Children love to mimic parents, and they can’t help but learn and pick things up, so by bearing these things in mind, teaching the kids to garden should be relatively easy.

Mimicking

Our children love to mimic our actions. Watch them playing house, playing with their toy kitchen, or even interacting with their dolls and toys, and you will see some of the things you do and hear some of the things they say. Take your son or daughter out with you when you garden, and many of them will want to mimic what you are doing. They will want to plant seeds, dig up weeds, and tend the plants, without it feeling like a chore or a job.

A Plot Of Their Own

As well as buying miniature tools, and even toy lawnmowers, you can give your son or daughter a plot of their own. Start with something small like a simple container before moving up to something from Premier Polytunnels. Allow them to choose from a selection of seeds and plants, but do limit their choices to those that are relatively easy to grow and difficult to kill.

Fun Names And Incredible Colours

You could encourage your child to have a themed garden. This could be as general as a green vegetable garden, or they could aim to grow a purple patch; alternatively, encourage them to introduce pollinating plants that will attract bees into the garden. If you can introduce your kids to bees early, then there is a better chance that they won’t be afraid of them as they grow up.

Low Maintenance And Quick To Grow

If you’re going to give the responsibility of tending and caring for plants to your son or daughter, then do make sure that they are easy to look after. The disappointment of seeing their own patch of garden wither and die could be enough to put any child off. You should also consider those plants and flowers that will grow quickly to get results. Gardening can help to encourage patience, but children do have limits and they will give up if they become too bored.

Growing fruit and vegetables gives a child a sense of achievement, and this can even help you to encourage them to eat more healthily. Just because they grew a carrot doesn’t necessarily mean they will start loving them, but it might be easier to convince them to try eating them or even to tolerate them, at least.

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