Gardening isn’t a popular hobby these days, especially for children. It’s tough work and takes a while to see results. But it’s also enormously satisfying to eat a salad of something you grew yourself. Gardening is a great way to teach the importance of hard work and patience. It’s also a fantastic way to improve your organic lifestyle because you can bring those homegrown, 100% safe foods into your kitchen. Here are six tips to start a garden with your kids.
1. Pick easy plants – Some plants take considerably more care and specific conditions than others, so find ones that will give your kids some easy wins. Later you can move on to harder plants once everyone learns the basics. Kids are amazed by how quickly sunflowers grow (and how fabulous they look). Beans are also fast growers. Also try tomatoes, sugar snap peas, squash, radishes, and basil.
2. Plant foods they like – One of the best parts about a garden is eating the profits, so look for plants that your children like to eat. There’s nothing like plucking a tomato off the vine on a summer day. It doesn’t get any fresher than that.
3. Plant an herb garden – Make a section of your garden for herbs. These are usually foolproof, grow without much oversight, and they can be done indoors if you’re hard on space. Plus they can be transported around easily if you ever have to move them.
4. Give them their own space – Kids like to feel ownership over whatever they’re doing. It helps them feel like they are a part of the world. Give each child their own space within the garden that they are responsible for. Let them decide what they’ll plant.
5. Give them small tools – Grown up tasks can be intimidating for children because they have to use big-sized tools made for grown hands. You can make their jobs more manageable by giving them tools appropriate to their size. Pick up some spades, buckets, shovels, rakes, and of course, child-sized gloves in their favorite color.
6. Give them a hand – You may have to do a little work behind the scenes that you know your kids will resist, like pulling slugs off some plants or turning the sprinkler on early in the morning. Ideally, you won’t do these tasks forever, but do them until your kids get hooked on the hobby.
7. Tell your friends – When you have family or friends over, make a big show your children’s garden and how proud you are of their work. This will help encourage them to continue because they know it makes mom and dad proud.
Written by Jennifer Cicci of Babee Talk
As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.
She asked herself, “What if I could revolutionize the way parents decorated their crib with a safe and stylish teething rail cover that could be placed on the crib from day one?” Babee Talk® launched in 2014 with organic bedding and accessories. Chew-friendly, drool-friendly, and organic inside and out, her products ensure a healthy start in life for babies.
She only offers products that she would provide for her own children. She hopes moms and dads will start to talk about the importance of choosing safe, healthy, eco-friendly products, especially for babies.
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