With the kids at home, why not get them involved? Get them off their screens and enjoying the outside.
Here are 5 tips on gardening with children.
Get them involved quickly A great way to introduce kids to gardening is by getting them to plant quick sprouting seeds, allowing the sometimes-impatient little ones to see the results of their hard work without much waiting around.
Give them their own tools Nothing is worse than the flimsy plastic tools kids often work with. Giving them proper tools not only means they’re safer but also acknowledges the importance of the work they’re doing.
Choose high interest plants To encourage your child’s participation, it is important to choose plants based on their interests; leaf crops such as lettuce can grow quickly, flowers offer a bright and colourful option and cherry tomatoes can offer a quick and healthy snack to your kids. Plants with additional benefits offer a great chance for kids to learn.
Independence Whether you use raised beds, containers or ground plots, be sure to give each child his or her own separate plot. Keep it small, very small for young kids. Put their plots right in the middle of the action, with the best soil and light. Give them a sense of independence which kids so often crave.
Reward their work It is important to recognise your child’s hard work. Whether you’re pointing out their beds when giving ‘garden tours’, or taking photos and sending them to loved ones, let your child know their hard work is appreciated.
For a few fun garden experiments your little ones will love, check out PlantGrow’s latest livestream!