Gardening with your Child
Gardening with your child can teach them many things including responsibility, love of nature, creativity and nutrition. It can be a great way to spend time with your child, do something physically active, and teach them about where food comes from.
Planning a Garden
Starting a garden can be simple. It can take the form of traditional gardens boxes or can be done in pots on a patio.
During the fall and winter, gardening can take the form of herb gardens inside the house.
Read and follow the label on the seed package or the plant tag to plan your garden.
The label will tell you the optimal amount of light, water and other specific growing conditions.
When gardening with children, choose hardier plants that are faster to grow such as beans, peas and sunflowers.
How to Involve Your Child
Let your child dig in the garden with hand tools or their hands. They can help break up clods of dirt.
Show you child how to plant seeds by starting with large seeds. Have you child make a furrow in the soil and have them place the seeds in the bottom them firmly cover with soil.
Have your child water the plants with a small watering can or a cup.
Encourage your child to observe the plants as they grow.
Have your child help harvest, clean and cook the food that they have grown.
Benefits of Gardening with Your Child
Children develop new skills.
Children learn about science and nature from growing their own food.
Increasing knowledge and connection with nutrition and the environment.
Spending time outside and being physically active.