For the last few years, we’ve let our son play a large role in planning our garden, both with flowers and vegetables. Are you interested in gardening with kids? Read on for our tips.
What would they like to grow? Talk to you kids about what kinds of things they would like to grow. This is an opportunity to work in a discussion of various climates, and what types of produce and flowers grow in your area.
Where would they like to plant? If there are multiple options for planting at your house, let your kids help decide where to build the garden. You can talk about how the amount of sun and shade can impact how well the plants grow.
Plant with them. Let them dig in, get dirty, and help with the planting!
Let them help care for the garden. Water, weed, and prune with the kids!
Keep a journal. Let your kids record the process in a journal. Even if they aren’t writing yet, they can sketch what they see, include clippings of their plants, or weeds they’ve pulled. You can also help them take photographs to include.
Start with a Windowsill Garden. My son keeps herbs in his windowsill garden. This has been a huge help to us in getting him to try new foods. All I have to say is, “I put some of your basil in this,” and he’ll try it!
What other tips do you have for gardening with kids?
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