Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Getting the Kids into Gardening

The girls enjoy getting out into the garden and helping out with whatever they can. While I like watching them, I must admit it's not normally me they're lending a hand to. But I have been thinking about the ways they can join in both now and when they're a little bit older. Gardening gets kids outside and gives them opportunities to learn about a lot of different subjects. They can find out all about how plants grow, as well as other things in nature, such as insects. Here are my top ways to help the kids get involved with gardening.

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Tasks the Kids Can Do

Some parents might be unsure about how their kids can join in with the gardening. But they can do just about anything under supervision. Watering plants is one of the easiest things they can do, just as long as they have a watering can they can hold or can control a hose. They can also help to dig holes and plant seeds, as well as pack earth around new plants. Slightly older children can help to prune plants too, as long as you watch them with the secateurs. They can also help when it's time to harvest fruit and vegetables.

Setting Up a Family-friendly Garden

I don't know about you, but we're a busy family. It would be great if we could be out in the garden all the time, but we don't have the time. And when we can get outside, the weather doesn't always permit it. A low-maintenance garden is much better for a family that has a lot of other things to do. If you want to grow fruit, choose plants like dessert apple trees, which will survive just about anything. It's also important that the garden is safe, so it's best to avoid things that could cause trips or falls.

Exploring the Garden

Joining in with gardening isn't the only way to get to know the garden better. There are lots of activities the kids can do outside to explore nature. For example, they can go on a bug hunt to look for all the different insects they can find on and around the plants. They can start a worm farm by going around the garden after it's rained. It's fun to explore all the different sights, sounds, smells and textures they can find in the garden. They can do everything from collecting leaves to taking bark rubbings.

Indoor Projects

You can't always be outside because the weather isn't always appropriate. But there are still plenty of fun things you can do indoors to learn more about gardening. If you've been growing fruit and vegetables, you can spend some time in the kitchen. Show the kids how the raw produce can become lots of different things, from soup to jam. They could also spend time looking out the window to see what they can spot or draw a picture of the garden.  

If you get the kids started with gardening while they're young, they could develop a passion for life. Try getting out into the garden with them soon.



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