Yes, I have kids. And they do help in the gardening and love it. So I am going to share some tips for success that I have found work and want to share with you.
Ensure that your child's first experience is a success!
When your kids get older you can do other things. My older kids work with me in the large garden. But this is a great way to get them started. If you are just starting gardening with older kids...you can still start them off like this OR you can start them off in a seed pot instead of the 4 inch plants or you could do a combination of each.
- Choose small plants that have already been started and not from seeds.
- Older children (8-10) you can start things from seeds so they can chart the growth.
- This will actually help with your science and biology (plant) teaching. Take advantage and share a little bit about sun, photosynthesis, and importance of water
- Let kids do the watering. I use it as a great time to work on our counting. As the kids get older, I make them water ...to a higher number. Soon the little ones will start counting also.
- In our smaller kids garden (which is a stand alone in a raised bed) I put in radishes (quick germination), carrots, a tomato plant, and a squash (because it takes a beating and keeps producing)
- Get them out every 3 days to do the weeding and cultivating. That way it is not to much in their 'lives' and they will actually see something happen after 3 days.
- Also, plant marigolds or panseys in the bed. It is brings in good bugs and the kids enjoy looking at 'their flowers'