are several methods recommended for helping kids appreciate
gardening. Some people suggest luring
kids into the garden by creating play spaces for them. Others
believe that the kids will develop an appreciation for gardening
as they grow
from seeds. Another plan promotes the idea of burgeoning interest
as the potential young gardener assists in routine garden tasks.
This is easily accomplished when your child "Discovers
the Wonder of the Garden for themselves.
attitudes are formed at the pre-school age (and we all know how
important that has become). Kids need to
understand how important plants and the environment are to
themselves and everyone else. And they will carry these attitudes
and this knowledge into their adult lives. Through gardening,
learning about the environment can be lots of fun.
learn the rhythms of nature, the character-building virtues of
patience, responsibility, sharing, acceptance of loss, experience
the joys of seeing planted seeds and bulbs sprout and eventually
bloom, and many others. Gardening offers a vehicle to teach many
things including: science, botany, ethnobotany, language, history,
recycling (composting), math (calculating volumes, numbers of plants
or seeds, weights, areas, etc.), agriculture, entomology, plant
pathology, soils, and lots more.
gardener knows, cultivating plants is relaxing, exciting, and
studies have been undertaken to scientifically verify what we have
known all along - that gardening is good for you.
plan a child's garden, plan for the imagination, an adult may have a
vegetable or herb garden, but a child might think of it as Alice in
Wonderland's or Peter Rabbit's garden. Think about the stories your
child has heard or read to get ideas for their garden. A bean pole
teepee could be a Jack in the Beanstalk garden or Cinderella's
garden could have pumpkins and lady slippers. Or an A-B-C garden
might be fun. If large enough, everything from asters to zinnias
could be planted. A sense of personal ownership in the garden is
important to a child.
may want everything in neat rows, but kids don't care, and the
things don't have to be that way, what is important is that the
garden belongs to the child, and the child should be involved in the
planning of it.
should be encouraged to go into their garden and to visit it often.
There should be no "NO" signs or negative attitudes.
every book on kids & gardening tells you to plant radishes,
mostly because they grow fast,. But do your kids like radishes? Mine
don't! Usually they take one bite and yell 'yuck,' they don't
want them. Other crops such as carrots, pumpkins, tomatoes and sweet
corn will take a bit longer, but they are worth the extra wait. Most
children like these vegetables and will take pride in growing these
child's garden could also be a flower garden. Make a rainbow garden
with broad stripes of different colors that end in a pot of golden
marigolds. Or consider an all green garden, how about a Kermit the
Frog green garden with lettuce, spinach and chard?