Tips to get your kids involved in the garden

Muddy up the Kids!
Tips to get your kids involved in the garden

Family gardening is an experience that creates lifelong memories. It is an excellent way to breach generation gaps, and start or pass down family traditions. From shopping for the perfect seeds and seedlings to sharing the cold refreshing glass of homemade strawberry lemonade, your kids / grandkids will one day thank you for sharing the experience they can then share with their kids.

Think about why you love to garden:

  • Gardening is Rewarding
  • It beautifies your backyard
  • Relieves stress
  • Maybe you want to impress the neighbors
  • Kids have VERY different motivations
  • Simplify, think like a kid
    • Bright colors
    • Big things
    • Sweet flavor
    • Pride and Accomplishment
    • Instant gratification!
  • Simplify even more!
    • FUN
    • TASTY
    • QUICK

Gardening with Kids from the Beginning:

  • Help them choose plants that are easy and fast growing
  • Sunflowers, Zucchini
  • Results before Boredom
  • Stress to the kid that the plant is completely theirs!
  • Choose plants that entice the senses
  • Aromatic Herbs
  • Sweet flavors such as Watermelons, Strawberries, Stevia (herb, many times sweeter than sugar)
  • Favorite foods
  • Plants that can be used as science lessons:
    • Root crops such as peanuts, carrots, potatoes
  • Keep their garden small and manageable
    • Containers and raised beds are excellent
  • Stay away from Trees or bushes for your child's first introduction to gardening... remember, FUN, TASTY, and QUICK
  • Use Organic Practices
  • Organic Sprays
  • Pulling or hoeing weeds
  • Use each stage of the plant as a teaching tool
  • Keep the child involved
  • Consistency and continuity is the key
  • Explain buds, flowers, pollination, color change and ripeness
  • If you don't know, ask your local garden center or farm market
  • Let them experience eating fresh IN the garden
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Peas
    • Melons
    • Strawberries
  • Share the harvest at the family dinner table, nothing will make them more proud

Remember to keep it FUN, TASTY and QUICK! Put yourself in their shoes and experience gardening from a fresh perspective... after-all, being a kid again is the best part of gardening with your children!

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