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Gardening is everything that you make it. Sure, in its essence you are simply going outside and putting some seeds in the ground. Maybe you water those seeds and get some food out of the process.
If you want gardening to be that simple it can be that simple.
If you want it to be an engaging, kid-friendly, part of each year, you can do that too. Kids easily fall in love with the ideas and tasks that are part of gardening. Mostly because these include dirt, eating and the accomplishment of completing something.
Let’s look at the three most effective things you can do with kids to get them hooked on gardening for the rest of their lives.
When you start seeds indoors or put seeds in pots its a great opportunity to start have your kids help with seeding. It’s not to say that they cannot seed outside, they can.
However, sitting inside or on a porch is a great way to separate this process from the rest of the garden.
Eating Raw Vegetables
The most important part of gardening with kids is letting them eat out of the garden when the time is right. Let your plants get large enough that they can withstand the grabby hands of children.
Things like kale, green peas, spinach, cherry tomatoes, and herbs are great examples of foods that kids can eat right out of the garden and enjoy.
Harvesting, canning and drying food is very fun, too. However, taking your excess harvest and donating to a church or food bank, with your kids, is an incredible opportunity to explore the entire scope of gardening.
It’s also a great way to talk to them about abundance and how a community can help one another.
Take every moment you can with your kids. They are fleeting.