It’s easy to underestimate the importance of a garden until you have kids. From having a space for a climbing frame for older kids, to simply having a lovely patch of greenery for toddlers to crawl on, a family garden is an invaluable resource. Of course, a garden is also ample space for your child to learn all about nature right on their doorstep, identifying insects and new plants. You never know, teaching your child how to care for a plant could be sewing the seed for the next generation of great gardeners.
It’s hard to determine an age to start getting your child involved, but generally if they ask questions while you’re pottering about, it’s worth answering them. Sunflowers are an excellent start to growing plants in the garden - they yield beautiful results and are fairly low maintenance. Keep the label of the seed packet to mark the spot where the seed was sown, and make a schedule for watering the plant so they don’t forget. Kids will love finally seeing the results and get progressively more excited to watch their plant grow. Once you’ve mastered flowers, you can move on to fruits and vegetables.
While most fruit requires a decent climate to grow and can take several years before there is any yield, as with apple trees for example, vegetables are super easy and can be rotated with the seasons. Good quick, all year round options include spinach and herbs like parsley, which can be moved to the kitchen windowsill in colder weather. Premier Polytunnels note that there are loads of additional skills kids learn from raising a plant, including maths to measure their plants, biology in learning about growing plants as well as knowing which insects are good and bad for gardens, and creativity in using the fruits of their labour in yummy recipes. Growing ingredients is a great way of getting your kids involved in cooking from a young age, too.
Enjoy the Savings
There are extra benefits to starting an allotment or a cabbage patch in your garden with the kids. Not only does it teach them important life skills including patience, independence, and care, but allows them to make a contribution to family life they can be really proud of. Not to mention, with you raising a new generation of farmers, you can enjoy saving a few pennies in your weekly food shop as you harvest delicious seasonal fresh veg, right off your doorstep.
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