Gardening is a fun way for our kids to learn about nature and their environment. And gardening helps them understand where our food comes from.
Being outside with children is a great time to enjoy the nature in your backyard. Point out the local bird family in the trees and talk about the bees pollinating the flowers. Explain what everything is doing and how they interact together.
All ages of children can be encouraged to garden. Toddlers want to be with you while you’re outside and will eagerly join in whatever you are working on. You can encourage their help by having an area to dig in, or maybe by letting them help push a wheelbarrow. You can have them help water plants and push in seedlings. There are many child-sized gardening tools available to help encourage these outdoor activities.
Perhaps set aside a small raised garden bed for them to grow their own vegetables and flowers. Encourage them to grow flowers such as Nasturtiums which are a very easy flower to grow, with large seeds for little fingers. They are virtually care free once established and produce brightly coloured edible flowers. Sunflowers are also wonderfully easy to grow and their fast height is satisfying for children to witness.
Broad beans are one of the easiest vegetables for children to grow. The dwarf varieties can be grown in small gardens or even in containers. Of course lettuce grows very fast and new varieties are more heat-tolerant for growing in the summer. And a strawberry patch is delightful for children (just don’t expect many of those to make it to the kitchen!).
One fun activity to consider is painting a colorful sign to announce that it is their garden. Creating small signs around the garden with plant names will help your child start to identify particular plants. Painted round river rocks can make fun plant markers. Maybe even try your hand at building a scarecrow!
Have children wear a hat, sunscreen, and suitable clothing.
Garden organically! Do not use chemicals.
Secure fences and gates.
Never leave uncovered buckets of water around very young children.
And be very careful about poisonous plants and seeds. Never plant Castor Beans, as pretty as they are. Please visit this highly informative post on a WordPress blog called ‘Medical Discounts’: Be Careful When Choosing Plants