Posts Tagged ‘kids’

Growing a New Generation of Gardeners

Digging in the dirt and getting dirty is what kids do best!  There is nothing that brings me more joy than to see kids getting dirty. Gardening comes naturally to kids, we just need to give them the tools and direction to know how. Each year we invite several classes to come in and learn about plants, see the greenhouses and the final ‘reward’ for them listening to us is, they get to plant their very own plant. The excitement and energy in the room while they are planting is contagious. When the plants have grown and the kids come back to show mom the basket they planted for her, the pride of accomplishment and joy of giving mom her gift brings tears to my eyes.

If you have not had a chance to introduce the children in your lives to gardening, the time is now! The things they can learn are endless, hard work can pay off.  When starting a  garden with your kids it is teaching them patience and in the end they will be rewarded. With so many distractions in today’s society, let gardening be a ‘calm‘ in your kids  routines. Gardening is something they can start and have great joy in the accomplishment of the end result. Once they have planted the seeds/little plants they need to nurture them. Including the responsibility of watering and feeding.  This can take days and weeks to watch the plants grow. Once the plants have matured, kids will see the reward of beautiful flowers and or fruit/vegetables. This will give the kids satisfaction in knowing that they were able take that plant from start to finish with beautiful results. I challenge you to give gardening with your child a try. Once a gardener, always a gardener.