Tips and Tricks For Gardening With Kids

by Nicole on September 27, 2011 · 0 comments

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Gardening Tips and Tricks

As a single mom, you want many of your home activities to be revolved around your kids. After all, you are away from them for eight or more hours a day, so why not make the most of your time together? Gardening with kids is a great way to build your bond while also accomplishing something worthwhile. These tips will make it work well for you.

First, pick plants that are hardy and grow well in your area. You do not want discourage your children by choosing plants that are going to likely die or fail to thrive. Working against nature may work for the experienced gardener, but your kids are not.

Be prepared for your kids to be dirty. Gardening is a dirty activity, so have some play clothes handy and don’t sweat the small stuff if your kids track some dirt into your home. Have them remove their shoes at the door, but have your vacuum and shower handy.

Help your kids see the beauty in the creepy crawlies in the garden. Explain to them the role that worms play in the soil, and teach them about the bugs that might harm the plants. Try not to pass on any squeamishness about critters to your kids.

Avoid the use of chemicals when you garden with your children. Find natural solutions to common problems. You do not want to have to send your kids away from the garden while you spray for bugs or weeds, nor do you want the worry about whether or not the chemicals are still doing their job when your kids return to the gardening area. Whenever possible, use natural options.

If you are gardening simply for flowers, consider adding a spot or two for something edible. It helps kids enjoy their fruits and veggies more when they see them grow in their own yard. Many edible plants can be ornamental as well if you have the right growing conditions in your garden.

Gardening with kids gives you a great opportunity to teach them about nature, while also bonding over a collaborative project. With these tips, you can make it a fun and rewarding opportunity for both of you.

About Nicole

Nicole Harms is a freelance writer and a busy mom to two preschool daughters. She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Maranatha Baptist Bible College, but after four years in the classroom she turned in the chalk for the virtual pen. When not researching or writing she is busy chasing her two daughters around or traveling.

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