It is not hard to include your kids in gardening. There are some easy ways to have them join you. When you let your kids into your garden you are growing more than plants. You are growing your future.
- Make it fun. – my son likes to bring his own tools to work. Yes Tonka Trucks are a necessary tool for moving dirt.
- Get them their own tools. Kid sized tools are important. Gloves and gardening tools can be found at many dollar type stores.
- Let them get dirty. Kids love to dig and play in water. When they do this they will get dirty.
- Let them pick out plants they want to plant and eat. My kids have loved lemon balm (Melissa officnalis) they pick it right off the plant and eat it. Bonus is that it grows really easily,
- Let them decorate a container to plant their special plants in. Clay pots are fun to paint.
- Give them responsibilities. My kids are a little older so I ask them to water the vegetable garden take out compost and weed. While working in the garden with my oldest (13) she told me that gardening is very ZEN to her. I had a little chuckle and explained to her how spot on that statement is.
- Make it fun, Kids learn more through play then work. And lets face it we all garden because it is like play. My husband even refers to it as playing in the dirt
- Start small. Container gardens or single pots are a great way to start with kids.
- Grow something that grows fast, like radishes. They only take about a month.
- Grow more than one variety of the same crop. Kids love to see the differences. Try purple and yellow tomatoes. They are very different than what is in the store
- Grow kid sized crops, they really like the small foods, think cherry tomatoes.
- Let the kids play in the garden. As a kids I had so much fun playing hide and seek in the corn rows of our garden and the neighbors.
- Let the kids help you harvest and prepare the food. Send them out to garden to pick some basil to go with your pasta.
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