10 Children-Friendly Ways To Plant A Garden
In this article, we will discuss 10 children-friendly ways to plant a garden.
1. Make sure your soil is healthy and fertile
Almost anyone who has a garden knows how important healthy soil is. If the soil is too dry, it can make some plants more vulnerable to pests and diseases. If it’s too wet, the roots may rot and suffocate the plant. To maintain healthy soil, you should add organic matter such as compost and manure to provide nutrients and help with drainage. Playing with dirt and letting your hands make contact with the dirt builds your immune system and grounds you which is wonderful for all kids but especially hyperactive ones, it helps to calm and balance their nervous system. Let them get dirty as you teach them how to garden and connect with nature.
2. Plant plants that are native to your area
Planting native plants in your garden can be beneficial to the environment. Native plants are well adapted to the soil, climate, and natural disasters that are common to their region. They also require less maintenance than other plants and they are more likely to attract wildlife. This can be a useful tool to help teach your kid about local ecosystem and local wildlife.
3. Create a small garden with low-maintenance plants that are hardy and not too delicate, local plants or a veggie patch.
A small garden doesn’t have to be difficult to manage. There are plenty of low-maintenance plants that are hardy and not too delicate. These plants can survive in a variety of different climates and grow without much care or attention, usually these are your native plants. you can also grow a vegetable garden which requires a bit more attention but is also very rewarding because of the quick growth and also the child’s participation, since veggies have to be watered daily this will give your little one a sense of responsibility and autonomy because they can be trusted with watering the garden all on their own. Picky eaters will also benefit from growing their own vegetables and eating them right off the plant. My toddler lover eating veggies off of the plant but will not touch the same ones if they are coming out of the little plastic containers you get at the store. Eating what you sow always tastes better and if they put the effort into growing their own food they are more likely to try it.
4. Choose plants that produce edible fruits or vegetables
It’s important to choose plants that not only produce edible fruits or vegetables, but also plants that are suitable for your climate. For example, plants such as cherry tomatoes and beans are not tolerant to frost and may die in winter if grown outside in colder climates.
5. Grow some fresh herbs for cooking
Fresh herbs are easy to grow, they don’t require much space, sunlight and can grow on your counter. If you’re tight on space in your kitchen garden or apartment balcony, an outdoor container garden is a great option. Herb plants like basil and rosemary grow well in containers placed near a window that gets at least 5 hours of sunlight per day.
6. Plant flowers for the bees
Bees pollinate flowers, and without them, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy our beautiful gardens. Bees are essential to the environment. Planting flowers can help save bees by providing them with their favorite food sources.
7. Include a water feature in your garden design to attract birds
Include a water feature in your garden design to attract birds. Birds are attracted to water and will check out your yard looking for a drink. A bird bath is an easy addition for families with young children and those who are looking for a low-maintenance solution.
8. Teach them how to identify weeds and how to pull them
Weeds are plants that grow in places where they are not wanted. They are mostly found in gardens, lawns, or other cultivated areas. These weeds can often be identified by their leaves, which can be found to be either coarse and jagged or soft and feathery. Pulling weeds can be done with a weed puller, trowel, or even by hand and if you kid is interested in pulling weeds it’s a real back saver for you!
9. Consider planting fruit trees to grow with your child
Fruit trees are a great addition to any garden design because they can provide fresh picked fruit. Fruit trees come in many varieties, so you can find one that will produce the types of fruit that you enjoy eating for many years to come. Planting a tree when your child is young is also a great addition to your property and you can always tell your child we planted that apple tree when you were just 2 years old, or whatever you plant and however old they are. It’s nice to grow up with a tree. My father planted evergreen trees the year I was born and he always tells me those trees are exactly as old as you are.
10. Provide plenty of space in your garden for children to play
All children need a space to play and explore. This will keep them active and healthy, which will make them better at school too. It is important to provide plenty of space in your garden for children to play so they can spend time outside during the day.
Kids learn a lot of valuable life skills when they are gardening. They grow vegetables, flowers, and fruits. They also learn how to care for the environment and animals.
Children who grow their own food know the benefits of eating healthy and they can teach their parents about the importance of a healthy lifestyle.
Kids who plant food also learn to appreciate nature as they see how plants grow from seedlings to full grown plants.
In conclusion, children who garden have an opportunity to develop skills that will last a lifetime such as empathy, creativity, problem-solving skills, and more.