HOW TO: Get Your Children Excited About Gardening

by , 03/13/13

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1. Start with a Story

Just as with any other project, I always suggest starting with a story. Children love books, especially picture books and surprisingly even as your child gets older they will still find picture books captivating. Choose a selection of books that focus on different veggies you may plant, the process of gardening, and the overall impact that a garden can have on your family, community, and the environment. Books can plant the seed of excitement in your child and give her an idea of what to expect from her own garden.

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2. A Space for Everyone

When designing your family garden it is fun to designate a special area for each individual in your family. This way each person can plant the vegetables of their choosing and have a specific area that they are responsible for. I suggest choosing an area that is easy to access for smaller children since you will want them to be able to easily plant, water, weed, and harvest their veggies without trampling everyone’s crops.

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3. Give them the Tools

A great way to really get your child excited about gardening is by surprising them with their own kid-sized gardening tools. For starters, I suggest a watering can, set of hand tools, garden markers, and a pair of brightly colored gloves. Also, after your child has planted their seeds, give them a set of garden markers to mark which seeds are which. This way, your child will remember where they planted the carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. And since children love to dress the part, that will show more interest in gardening when they are in full gear.

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