When I was a kid, I always enjoyed spending time with my mother outside in our garden. That carried over to hanging out with my grandparents. This is something I wish to share with my grandchildren when they come over to visit. Dirt has always been a favorite for kids, so a home garden could be one fun hobby for you and your children. They will be delighted when you give them the chance to pick the plants they want to grow. Here are some ways to help you make your children become passionate about home gardening.
Choose the right plants
Kids will have a tendency to choose plants and flowers with bright colors, so be prepared to have a load of various plants. Try not to let them go overboard on the number of plants they’ll plant. Be cost-conscious! A great example is geraniums. Encourage them to beautify their garden with vines with colorful accents.
Sunflowers are a popular plant for kids. They are one of the more popular plants around. They are noted as being a happy flower. Have you ever seen sunflowers and NOT immediately be happy?
Get the seeds started
Give your kids the flexibility to assist you by sharing seeds. After you’ve given them some pointers on how to begin, they can branch off and start their own garden by planting their own seeds. Of course, they will need some assistance, such as digging the holes, but they can backfill the holes with their hands.
Have them create a gardening journal
This will keep their excitement, as they’re writing down the progress their plants are making. Including photos in their journal is a great extra touch that will last a lifetime. The joy they will get watching their seeds turn to sprouts and then flowers will bring a smile to your face. Maybe someday they can show their kids their journals! This will be the perfect time to begin composting and your kids will learn so much and take pride that they are contributing to the success of their own garden.
Place their garden where they can see it
Kids will be more motivated to work on their garden if it’s in their eyesight. By checking your garden daily they’re apt to accompany you to check theirs. Look around your house for perfect containers that your kids can use to grow their plants.
They get to play in the dirt!
Kids and dirt go hand in hand! Giving them the excuse to play in the dirt by helping you dig holes for seeds or ground-ready plants is a win-win for you both! Get them some kid-friendly age-appropriate gardening tools to encourage engagement.
Their garden is theirs
Take pictures of your kids planting their garden. Take photos through various stages of plant growth. By giving them ownership, a garden will teach them responsibility and a sense of pride of accomplishment. A great idea to get them started is a tower garden, if space is limited.
They get to play with water
Do you know what else kids love? WATER! During the summer months, it can get hot in some parts of the country. Getting the kids out into the garden gives them the chance to cool off on a hot summer day. No water hoses! That could lead to trouble! A watering can is perfect. They can water their plants and themselves!
Be patient: They’re going to make mistakes!
We’re all human! We’ve made mistakes before. Letting kids learn from their mistakes in a garden builds their confidence to do it better next time. Give them full responsibility for their garden. If they make a mess, they make a mess. They should clean it up! When work allows, spend the time together with them in their garden, answering any questions they may have. If you’re not sure of the answer, look up their questions online!
Gardening with your kids can create a special bond that will grow every year, just like your gardens! Hopefully, they will spend time with their kids! Gardening with kids can be very educational for them. It’s this knowledge they’ll receive that can be passed on to their kids.
Do your kids have their own garden? If not, do they help you with your garden?
Pin it for later!