Getting Kids involved in the Garden
National Gardening Week 2020 is held between April 27th and May 3rd and is run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) to raise awareness of gardening and horticulture, and to encourage more people to take part in the healthy and productive outdoor activity of gardening. Well what better way to get people involved than encouraging your kids to garden? Getting kids involved in the garden is a great idea at this time – kids are out of school and love a reason to get outside and get mucky.
Make a bug box
One Project you can try is a simple bug box project just requires an open-fronted box – your kids can run around the garden for the materials to fill it with. While stacks of pine cones, stones, broken pots, old bricks, twigs and dried grass and can be added to attract ladybirds and woodlice.
Give Each kid a Vegetable or Plant to Look after.
If like us you grow food , which is a great idea with kids, and really gets them into fruit and veg. Why not give each one a specific plant that they can look after – let them pick their favourite and let them feed and water it.
We found that when we did this the kids took great pride in their assigned plants especially their crops and they learnt a lot about each one. I have handy quick grow guides to help with different crops so kids have an easy guide to follow.
Grow a Beanstalk!!
The cool things about beans is they can sprout in jars which means kids get to see them grow.
Pop them into pots when they get big enough and let them grow there own Beanstalk just like Jack.
I have a handy guide to growing Runner Beans here – Growing Runner Beans in your garden.
You can try all sorts of Beans, the bean of choice in the Snapshot and Snippets Organic garden this year is Pinto Beans. If you like Mexican food you will have eaten Pinto beans – they like it warm so mine are in the Greenhouse.
To help you grow I have made you a Quick grow Guide to Sunflowers!!
Grow the Tallest sunflower.
When my kids started Primary School they visited in early June for an open day, where they planted sunflowers in the school’s Friendship Garden . When they had their first day they had a picture taken with their flower
Make a Butterfly puddle
Make your butterfly garden even more attractive to these beautiful creatures by adding a special water and nutrient source for them.
- Shallow container
- Soil, composted manure or salt
Why not let them do the watering – show me a kid that doesn’t like messing with the hose ot pottering around with a watering can. Getting kids involved in the garden is good for their health and mental well being and teaches them about how things grow.
If you enjoyed this post find more of my gardening post here – Organic Vegetable Gardening Posts on Snapshot and Snippets