Backyard gardening is a rewarding activity that can teach your kids life skills along the way. It’s not only a great way to make good memories with your youngsters but it also helps shape your child’s habits and concern for the world he or she lives in.
One key thing to remember teaching kids about gardening is that it should be a positive learning and enriching experience for them. To ensure this, you need to pick plants that are:
- Fun to grow and excites children’s imaginations
- Easy to grow and gives kids a sense of empowerment knowing that they’ve helped bring new life to your garden
- Safe to grow to avoid untoward incidents like allergy breakouts or poisoning
- Instructive and teaches kids about nature and how they can connect with the natural world.
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It’s not always easy to tell if a child will be interested in pursuing gardening in the long run but you can make sure that they have a fun and rewarding time learning with you.
Today, we’ll be talking about some of the best plants you can grow with kids. Let’s get started!
While carrots tend to grow a little slow, they are incredibly easy to care for and they are also versatile once you’ve harvested them. Your kids will have a fun time sowing the seeds of this crop and watching the leaves grow up and out of the ground. Once harvest season begins, they will be rewarded by the food they’ve grown themselves.
Do you buy a lot of celery for family meals? Don’t throw away the root ends once you’re done chopping. Keep about two to three inches of the root part of a celery bunch and place it in a bowl of water for a few days.
Your kids can watch as new stalks magically sprout and new roots begin to form. Once there are roots available, you can transplant the celery into small containers or outside in your garden.
This will not only teach your kids how plants grow but it also teaches them thriftiness, waste reduction, and sustainable living.
Lavender is not only fragrant but it’s also relatively easy to grow. They are hardy plants that can withstand quite a bit of abuse. They also attract pollinators to your garden.
You can teach your kids that many plants have various uses in everyday life through growing lavender. Once you’ve harvested some flowers, you can teach them how to incorporate them into food, beverages, soap, and even in their art projects.
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These fast-germinating gentle giants are perfect for kids. Your kids only need to sow the seeds into the ground or in little containers and in about a week, they’ll start sprouting.
Once the flowers grow to the right size, your kids can harvest the seeds and have them as a snack. You can also use these seeds in bird feeders and have a little teaching moment about how nature feeds and sustains wildlife.
Herbs Like Mint and Basil
Herbs are easy to grow in small containers and can keep youngsters with shorter attention spans occupied for a bit. You can grow herbs from cuttings or from seeds. Since they can be grown in small pots, you can use them to teach kids about the importance water and sunlight in plants.
Gardening is a wonderful and essential teaching tool for kids. they need to learn about life and life cycles. How to feed the plants from insects to humans and what a responsibility we have to this planet and all it provides for us daily.
Do you garden with your children? What plants are the best for your purposes?
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