There are many benefits of gardening with children! Sure, sometimes it is hard work, but the benefits outweigh the effort!
The garden connects the kids to their food. From a young age, they have planted seeds, watered, and tended them, and then watch them grow. It is an analogy for life’s actions – you plant a seed, but you must care for it in order for it to blossom. There are no overnight successes in the garden.
The garden connects the kids to the earth and to the seasons! In the garden we educate and nurture the kids by simply observing and practicing. Gardening is a common hobby that we all love. Our shared joy in the garden is something that binds us together as a family, and one that I hope we will share into the future.
In the garden, we share joyous moments like the blooming of a gorgeous sunflower or a colorful zinnia. There is laughter and happiness around the garden as we discover a massive zucchini that is overgrown or we munch on fresh snow peas direct from the vine.
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How T0 – The Process Of Gardening With Children
- If you have never gardened before, don’t be overwhelmed.
- Start small, that way it will be easier to manage (also appropriate as many places don’t have lots of space.)
- Plan out what will you do? This will depend on space/time.
- We’ve got the kids gloves, small gardening shovels and kid’s watering cans. You don’t NEED the paraphernalia, but they do get into it more!!!
- Vegetables or flowers? There are pros and cons of both. The vegetables are fun to eat, the flowers brighten your day.
- Ask for help at your own gardening shop.
- When starting out with small kids we have opted for easy care vegetables that are easy to harvest for little hands, and awesome to eat straight from the garden. Snow peas are delicious, cherry tomatoes fun to eat, and lunchbox cucumbers a hit.
- With kids, plant established seedlings. The bigger they are, the more expensive they are to buy. Conversely, they should survive better and will appear to be less slow growing for impatient children.
- Help the kids with the watering, especially if they are small – over watering can be a killer. Watering the plants is among the first chores our kids ever had, but they still do need some supervision!
- Then, hopefully, watch them grow!!!
Don’t Have Space For A Full Garden?
We realize that not every family has a backyard; don’t let that stop you. There are many innovative ways to enjoy gardening with children that can be found on Pinterest, so that you can grow tomatoes in a narrow corridor, or even a window-sill herb garden. The benefits of this joyous, connected activity can be found in many ways.
We also know that our garden is a lot of work, and that lots of time maintaining it might not be ideal for everyone, but something small will reap benefits.
More Of Our Story…
My grandmother was a gardener, my mother is a gardener, and I’ve always gardened alongside them. As a teenager and young adult, the incessant weeding and watering seemed pointless. And yet little did I know, through those turbulent teen years characterized by battles with the world, the gardens were always there, as was the joy of looking a rose bud.
So we have always gardened, it is outdoors, it offers fresh air and an escape from inside. 5 minutes weeding and you do feel your tensions relax.
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