Tips for Encouraging Kids to Garden!
Teaching children about gardening not only will increase their knowledge about plant biology and the Earth but will increase their self-esteem and self-confidence. At times, it can become a difficult task to get your child to want to garden. But we have found that by trying these few techniques, you can get your children interested in (and even excited about) gardening. If your child already shows an interest, the following techniques can help to cultivate their interest in the art of agriculture.
Start with sprouts
Sprouting seeds in a simple mason jar is a quick and easy way to educate your child on how germination works. We recommend alfalfa seeds because they are easy to sprout, and they sprout quickly. Your child may be amazed at the small wiry sprouts that come out of the tiny seeds. Plus you can eat them!
Give them their own gardening bed and tools
Children thrive with ownership! Provide them their own portion of the garden and give them their own tools to work with. This will instill in them a sense of confidence and independence. Of course, you will be teaching them along the way, but allow them to do the sowing, watering, thinning, and tilling themselves. Only step in when it is necessary.
Start with an easy-to-grow crop
Starting with a plant that requires relatively low maintenance is a great way for them to see the fruits of their labor. It is best to pick plants that will sprout and mature quickly so your children will keep their interest. Let them choose! Provide a list of plants and vegetables and allow then to decide which one they would like to grow. Here are a few examples of easy-to-grow crops: Sunflower, Peas, Zucchini, Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, and squash such as