Benefits Having A Kids Gardening
Gardening is a great way to bond and share life lessons with your child. Here're some home gardening tips to help your kids to learn about planting and maintenance of their very own garden! Children can learn new skills, have fun, play and develop self-confidence by spending time in the garden tending plants and growing their own food. Most children enjoy being outdoors and love digging in the soil, getting dirty, creating things and watching plants grow.
Involving your kids in home gardening activities can help them learn new skills, gain confidence in their abilities and bring them closer to nature. As a parent, you can guide them with home gardening ideas and tips, and also help them in the maintenance of their home garden.
Plants are often used as a therapeutic tool to help improve mental health, and horticulture therapy is used in many therapeutic programs for teens. Gardening (even if confined to a small plot or a container garden) offers healthy doses of fresh air, sunshine, and exercise. These benefits are especially good for teens who generally avoid physical activity.
Sowing seeds, planting seedlings, and deadheading flowers require movement (which translates to some exercise). Teens are likely to become so engrossed in their work that they don’t even realize the physical aspect of gardening. Gardening teaches patience and helps kids develop a taste for new foods. Introducing children to it can be a sweet parenting experience.
At the younger ages, having some space to explore or make the garden feel special and inviting was important. For teenagers, they need to be involved in the design to really dive in. With so many design and build tv shows and magazines, kids get into the idea of being able to create a unique space. Asking how to design a garden that fits us is a great way to start the design process.
You’ll typically want to select the sweeter, milder edible plant varieties available. For example, while some kids might pucker their faces at the bite of the average radish, just about everyone enjoys munching on pretty Purple Plum radishes straight out of the garden.
One of the most successful ideas I have heard involves connecting the garden with significant events. For example, on “planting day” you plant everything in the ground and then have a giant barbecue with your friends. Planting is a lot of work, but when planting day is a special day that includes a party it becomes a significant event. On weed pulling day, grandpa brings over homemade ice cream to finish it off. On harvest day, you make a bunch of different items out of your watermelon and throw a big bash! A lot of neat things to consider here that add fun to it.
Gardening can be a lifelong joy, so giving kids a happy start in this healthy hobby is a precious gift. By gardening together in ways that encourage wonder and nurture wellness, your family will reap the benefits for years to come.