Teaching Children the Joys of Gardening

Teaching Children the Joys of Gardening

Kids love gardening; they get to watch things grow, and playing in the dirt is always fun.  Teaching children the joys of gardening isn’t just fun; it’s educational and a great way to spend time with the kids doing something constructive.  You don’t need a green thumb; enthusiasm counts, and as long as everyone is having fun that is all that matters.  Another perk is you get kids outside and away from computer screens.

Start with Sprouting Some Seeds

You don’t have to wait until spring to get started you can start off sprouting some seeds in the kitchen.  You can grab a couple of packets of seeds from your local garden center since these are going to be handled by your children then grab some organic seeds.  Organic seeds haven’t been treated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

You want to help your child, depending on their age, to moisten a couple of pieces of paper towels and put them on the counter.  You want to add a couple of seeds to each paper towel set some more moistened paper towels on top and put them somewhere warm to sprout.  You and your child can check on the seeds every day and make sure that the paper towels stay moist.  Small kids love to watch the seeds sprout new leaves.

Growing Outside

When spring and summer come around, then you may want to try gardening outside, where you can really play in the dirt.  You will want to section off a small spot for the kids to have their very own plot.  You want them to be able to handle the plot they are given to choose a suitable size.  Start with some easy to grow hearty plants that aren’t delicate.  You may start with peppers, cucumbers or some cherry tomatoes.  You can start with the seeds that you sprouted in the house or plant new seeds.

You will have to bring the kids outside throughout the growing season so that they can take care of watering and pulling weeds out.  Again they are going to love playing in the dirt.  You will also be very careful to teach them the difference between their plants and the weeds that need to be pulled out.  You will be pleasantly surprised at just how much your kids will enjoy playing in the garden and watching their plants grow.  You never know you might even convince them to eat a vegetable they grew themselves.

Getting Started with Gardening

Getting Started with Gardening

You finally have the space to plant a garden, but you really aren’t sure where to begin.  Don’t worry, we have got you covered; we can help you figure out what tools you are going to need along with choosing the best plants for a lush and beautiful looking garden.  Getting started with gardening isn’t as difficult as you might think, let us show you how.

Join a Gardening Group

Check with your local nursery or garden center to see if there are any local gardening classes or gardening groups that you can join to learn more.  You may also want to check with the local MeetUp groups; many have walking tours of local gardens or get-togethers where you can meet more experienced gardeners.  If your community has a public garden, then go check out the types of plants and flowers that they are using.

Get Your Gear Ready

There are some essential tools and supplies that you are going to need no matter whether you decide to grow plants, flowers, or vegetables, so you are going to want to get those.  Most you can pick up at a local hardware store or garden supply center. Necessary tools are going to include some trowel for digging holes, a hose with a spray attachment to water the garden and a good pair of gardening gloves.  As you get more experienced, you will add to your collection of gardening tools.

Deciding Where and What to Plant

Now you’re going to have to take a look at the area you have to work with and figure out what and where to plant.  You need to know how much sunlight your garden gets throughout the day.  Some plants thrive under the direct sun all day while others need more shade.  Most plants are going to need roughly 6 hours or so of direct sunlight daily while others differ.  You can combine take advantage of pots or containers that you can move in and out of the sun.  Do you have direct access to water, if not, do you have a long enough hose to water your garden?

You are also going to need to make sure that you have a good fertile soil to plant in.  This is another trip to the garden center to grab some topsoil and compost so that your plants and flowers have rich nutrients to grow healthy and vibrant.  Start your garden off small as you get more experience, you can experiment with different plants and flowers.