Recently I was asked some questions about gardening with children and while there are certainly quite a few tips I could mention about the subject there is one idea that stands out above all others in my mind.
Do what the kids love! Every kid is different and each one has as many different ideas as to what makes a garden as we do. Some enjoy getting their hands dirty while others may just want to look at the flowers and enjoy the show. I think when you give the child free reign to express their gardening ideas it goes a long way toward encouraging them to take up the habit...I mean the hobby! The picture above is of my daughter looking at the bees in the bird bath garden sometime in October. In that bed we have sunflowers, salvia, mums, coneflowers, ornamental grasses, and a butterfly bush. You could call it a butterfly garden if you wanted to since it entertained quite a few of the winged wonders. Gardening brings kids closer to nature which I think in the end is important to us all. A better understanding of our environment can't help but help us.
I had the idea for this post after seeing this picture on our screen saver. Of course I may have just wanted to show how cute my daughter is in pigtails. Can you blame a dad?
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Monday, February 16, 2009
Kids and Gardens
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Dave is the author of Growing The Home Garden and runs a small nursery business growing vegetables and herbs for local customers in Spring Hill, TN. (Blue Shed Gardens or FB page). He has written for gardening publications, Troy-Bilt and Lowe's and is available for edible garden consulting. Dave gardens organically and when he isn't writing, collecting seeds, or propagating plants he's parenting his 4 children as a stay at home dad.