There is a natural, undeniable attraction between children and the earth, from playing in the mud to watching a line of ants march towards an ant hill, to taking care of seed and watching it grow. Children are naturally curious and eager to learn about life, and the garden is the perfect classroom to teach them these subjects. Getting children involved in gardening, whether it’s planting a row of vegetables or cutting a fresh flower bouquet, is easy, fun, and can help lasting memories.
Gardening can help your children learn larger life lessons, such as patience, how to deal with disappointment or failure, respect for the earth, the notion of “working to achieve a result”, and responsibility. Children will better understand where their food comes from, which is especially important for children living in more urban areas where there is sometimes limited access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Children are also more willing to eat “yucky green things”, like spinach or broccoli, if they grow them themselves! Here are some tips for gardening with your child(ren).
Some great, easy to grow plants to start growing with your children – Sunflowers, Lettuce/Greens, Radishes, Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Nasturtiums, Carrots, Herbs, Cosmos, Marigolds, Beans, and Peas.