No matter where you live in the world, there is always a way to create a garden at home, be it outside or in. Here in the Santa Ynez of California, we have great weather all year round, which makes it easy for us to keep a garden outdoors for long periods of time. We realize though, that some folks live in areas that get gardening weather only a certain portion of the year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create an indoor garden with your children.
Don’t get us wrong, there are plenty of things to do in Solvang, but gardening is one of our passions. If you live in a part of the United States that is currently knee deep in snow, before you grab your Greenworks snow blower and head outside, take a look at these ways you can get your children in a green mood with gardening.
Why Should I Do This?
There are plenty of reasons it’s a good idea to get your children into gardening. Not only are you exposing their minds to the possibility of growing their own food and become self sustainable they will learn a great deal about vegetation and other botanical information.
If you are able to create an outdoor garden in your yard they will get all the exercise they need as well as some wonderful fresh air. Let’s get started on helping your kids enjoy gardening.
Make It Fun
When you tell your kids that you want to create a garden together, they might not be that enthused if you make it sound like a chore. Let’s be honest here. Who wanted to do chores when they were a child?
If you approach the project with an attitude of fun, then coaxing your children to join in shouldn’t be too difficult. Some ways you can make a gardening project is to let your children pick the stuff they want to grow. You can give each of your children a designated space in the garden to call their own.
Take some toothpicks, card stock, tape, and colorful markers and you and your children can create little colorful labels as reminders of what was planted there. If you are secluded to indoor gardening, then you can let each child paint some pots that are colorful and represent their garden.
Plan It Out
Once you’ve decided what space will be used for your garden then it’s time to decide what to plant. We did just mention that you should let your kids decide what they want to plant just remember that some plants are harder to keep alive than others. It’s always a good idea for children to get a sense of accomplishment, which will be more likely to happen if they plant something that’s hard to kill.
Some great ideas for kids are sunflowers because they are pretty and grow tall. Lettuces grow fast and might make salads more attractive. Radishes are also for the gardener who likes a feeling of instant gratification, and, if you grow snow peas, you and your children can eat them off the vine while you are gardening.
Cherry tomatoes, carrots, pumpkins, corn, and strawberries are just a few more of the many fun things you can plant with your children. The results will be bursting with colors too. If you are secluded to indoor gardening then you options won’t be as abundant but, if you paint your pots then you won’t be short in the colorful department.
Slip In Some Learning
Some children find learning fun while others do not. One thing we do know is that children find learning easier when the lesson are fun. The best part is, some kids like to get dirty so stomping around in the soil, digging holes, and getting water everywhere are just a few of the fun activities gardening will bring to them.
If you have the time and the means start your children’s gardens out from seeds. This will bring them from the moment of planting all the way up to production. You can do some research on the internet and keep track of where your seedlings are and where they should be.
Photosynthesis is one of the most important parts of all greenery on our planet. It’s the process in which plants take in carbon dioxide and let out the oxygen we breath. This is great information and the earlier children realise our dependence on plants the more likely they will respect our Earth and nature.
Nature is a wondrous thing and there is so much to learn right in our own backyards. Getting your children exposed to gardening as more than something Mommy and Daddy like to do outside. Let them get their hands dirty and be involved in the process of growing food, harvesting, cooking, and eating. If this all goes well, you might even be able to get them to help start a compost too.