Too often, children are told not to touch, to stay away, or that they can’t help with something. A home garden is a great project that adults can share with their children. The child can even take responsibility for his or her own corner of the yard, caring for the plants and watching them grow. This will also help them learn some very valuable lessons on how to grow plants. Here are some tips for planting a garden that is kid-friendly.
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Step 1: Designate an area of the yard as the child’s garden. Let children have a say in the location, if possible. Just make sure the area is away from prized plants or expensive trees.
Step 2: Allow children to select what they would like to grow. They will usually choose things they are familiar with like strawberries, pumpkins, or tomatoes. A plant that has a large seed will be easy for children to sow, so consider sunflowers or beans. Plants like radishes have a short growing and harvesting time, perfect for impatient youngsters. The garden can even have a theme, like a fruit salad or pizza garden. Do not plant anything toxic because you never know when the child may choose to nibble on some leaves.
Step 3: Plant some nice-smelling herbs. Children will love the scent of mint, basil, sage, and chives. Flowers that are edible, such as calendulas, violets, and pansies, are nice additions.
Step 4: Build a fort or teepee in the garden, using string and some tall stakes. Cover the structure with trained flowers and climbing beanstalks. Or, create a circle or square of tall plants such as sunflowers, to serve as a room.
Step 5: Make gardening time fun. Do not provide too much instruction, showing children only the basics. They will learn everything important by watching you at work.