Many people love gardening, but it is often quite unusual for kids to have a passion for it from a young age. This is a real shame as it is a very rewarding and productive pass time, so if you have kids you may want to think about getting them interested in gardening. It is a great way to spend quality time with your kids and as they pick up new skills, you can teach them about the garden environment and show them how to recognise different types of plants and wildlife.
The best way to approach getting your children excited about gardening depends on their age and level of skill. Something like teaching them to plant seeds is accessible to almost all ages and should be something they can pick up fairly easy. It requires minimal tools, none of which are dangerous and the results can easily be seen once the plant or flower grows, which can act as a reward to your child and which will encourage them to continue honing this hobby. You can then move on to more advanced adventures. Something like a vegetable patch is a great idea as they cannot only see the results of this, but can taste them too! Vegetables like courgettes, carrots and lettuce are relatively easy and quick to grow, so are a great place to start. You can decide how hands on you want to be in your approach or how much you want to leave them to it; you may want to observe at first to see how much help they need and to offer advice along the way.
When first introducing your child to the world of gardening, be sure to make your sessions short and snappy. Only undertake one job at a time to begin with until they show more interest. For example, if you are going to be planting some seeds, turn over the ground one day and then plant the seeds the next and then regularly water them if needed. Breaking the process down in this way will make the whole activity more appealing to your kids; if they have to spend hours in the garden slaving away on their first day they are unlikely to take to the hobby very well. As they become more skilled and more knowledgeable, they will be more inclined to spend time in the garden helping you out or doing their own thing, so be sure to encourage them every step of the way.
Having a designated spot in the garden to call their own is likely to increase their interest. If they feel that they have been trusted with the responsibility of tending to a specific section, they are more likely to put hard work in to keep it thriving and healthy. This will also teach them independence as they will be left to make their own choice about what to plant and how to look after it. You can offer suggestions to get them started, but leaving them to make final decisions themselves is likely to make them care about gardening more.
If you are in the market for one, this tool is a great way to find the perfect shed to fit the needs of your garden and to keep hold of any tools, pots or equipment your children may have in order to pursue their interest in gardening.
Try taking your kids to visit some of the famous gardens the UK has to offer. These places showcase some amazing greenery, from exotic and rare species to sky-scraping trees and vibrant flowers. Some of the best to consider are the RHS Garden in Surrey and Kew Gardens in Richmond, but there are many all over the country so you are sure to find something close and convenient to you if you do a little bit of research. Entry is often not too expensive and they can be very educational trips as information is often displayed about all the different types of flora and fauna that you will see.
If you yourself have green fingers it is a great thing to be able to share with your children and gardening together can be a great way of bonding and imparting knowledge. Be sure to respect what your child wants and let them set the pace. If you approach it right, your child is sure to love gardening as much as you do!
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