Watching movies and playing board games with your children can be fun, but you can equally have fun outside. Gardening can be a great bonding experience for the whole family. It can be exciting for your little ones all the way up to your teenagers.
If you have an extensive backyard or a windowsill in an apartment, growing something is what every family can and should be together. Whether you are teaching your kids about the environment, showing them the skills of how to grow tomatoes or just getting their hands dirty you can all have a great time together. What kid doesn’t love to get their hands dirty too? Also, maybe you might learn a thing or two about gardening!
Check out why you should start a family garden.
Don’t worry about the space
No matter if you have a big, lush garden or a small collection of succulents or a leafy house plant on a shelf gardening with your kids is not a problem. Big or small, any size of space will make gardening just as beneficial with your children.
Gardening is important because it teachers your children about patience. Kids learn to nurture things and understand that it is wrong to generally kill insects just because we don’t understand them or like them. They will learn to value the nature of our world as well.
Being near greenery also is something your children can benefit in both mental and physical ways. There is trail and error when it comes to gardening. It can be easy and pain free in way of learning life lessons, such as if a plant dies we now have great nutrients within the soil of the garden.
Start inside your home
To get your kids interested in the idea of gardening, try inside before heading out in the great outdoors. You can start by growing a bean in a bag. Plant a lima bean in a sandwich bag by wrapping it in a moist paper towel and sit it somewhere warm.
Kids can sometimes be impatient, especially if they cannot see the growth of the seeds you plant. The lime bean in the sandwich bag does the trick because the children can see the growth of the bean before you move planting it into the soil. It’s a fun way to keep the kids engaged and excited about gardening.
Sunflowers are also another great plant that does the trick like the lima bean.
Get ready to plant it
Once the plant is ready to move to the soil, you will want to find a place to grow it. If you are planning for the plant to be outside, you can set aside a plot that your child can be responsible for. You can build a planter bog out of car tires by stacking them up on top of each other and fill them with soil. If you plan on growing the plant inside, make small terrarium garden out of plastic bottles. Cut the top off the tops and add some gravel, soil, and then the plant.
Picking your crop out
Choosing what crops or flowers that are best for your home garden depends on the amount of sunlight and space that you have available. You should also consider how long the plant will take to grow or flower, especially if your younger children are involved in the gardening process. Be sure to take a look at the in-soil label that comes with the plant at gardening stores for information on how much sun your plant will need and how long before the seed will sprout.
Fruits are often trickery to grow from a seed. So make sure your little one starts with plants. Marigolds and poached eggplants for window boxes. They flower in 8-10 weeks from sowing. Zinnias are also a great idea for a first-time planting for kids. They require low maintenance and making a beautiful home décor or garden plant since they stay there all summer long.