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.