Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Gardening with Kids
Well if you are anything like me you have started dreaming of spending time in your garden already! Spring is just around the corner and I can't wait to put some plants in the ground!
I love a well cared for garden of just about any variety...flowers, herbs, vegetables, anything will please me! I think my love for gardening started as a kid. My Grandma lived next door and had my sister and I come over just about every day and help her water her flower beds. Oh my, was it a lot of work - but there was always a special treat waiting after the work was done! Often it was ice cream ,which is just what a kid needs after working in the late afternoon on a summer day! I also remember getting to plant my own little bit of a garden for 4-H which was also fun. I think I planted zinnias if I remember correctly!
Here are a few tips for getting your children to enjoy gardening:
- Give them their own small section of the garden to plant and take care of.
- Have them assist you but do not pressure them too much if they are young. If they are more interested in catching bugs than pulling weeds let them catch some bugs!
- Try planting a themed garden (certain colors, tall plants, wizard of oz theme, etc.)
- Have fun in the garden yourself - it will be contagious!
Check out Gardening with Kids for more great ideas!