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If you love to spend time in the garden you might want to encourage your kids to do the same. While more and more kids are spending time indoors, you could have little ones who are happy to be in the garden. But how can you help your kids to become green-fingered? We have a few tips for you:
Encourage Them to Plant Seeds
Whenever you’re planting seeds in the soil or a pot, let your kids do the same. Explain to them what the seeds will grow into and what the plant will look like. Show your kids how to sow seeds and let them try it for themselves. Chances are they will enjoy getting their hands dirty.
You might also want to mention how to look after the seeds as soon as they start to grow. Why not suggest that they look after the seeds they’ve planted? This will give your kids a real sense of achievement when they see the seeds are spouting.
Let Them Choose What They Want to Grow
Why not let your kids choose what they want to grow? Whether it’s tomatoes, carrots, or even some lavender. Take them to your local garden center so they can see how many varieties of plants are on offer.
Did you know that you can buy seeds that have been packaged so they appeal to children? Look out for the brightly colored packets that often have cartoon characters on the front. Seeds such as these can make the whole experience seem even more fun.
Encourage Them to Eat What They Grow
Let’s imagine your son or daughter wants to grow potatoes. Once you’ve planted the seed potatoes you can encourage them to look after them. As soon as the potatoes are ready to be harvested your little ones can help you.
Talk about how nice the potatoes are going to taste. How much fresher and tastier they are than potatoes sold in a supermarket. Ask your kids if they would like a few with their dinner. Chances are they will be more than happy to sample something they spent time growing and taking care of.
Make Your Garden a Fun Place to be
One of the best ways for you to help your kids to become green-fingered is by making your garden a fun place to be. Let them play in the garden and enjoy spending time outside.
If you’re in the garden doing some planting or weeding they could show an interest in what you’re doing. Let your kids help you if they want to. Explain what you’re doing and how they can help. When you make growing plants a lot of fun your kids are much more likely to be green-fingered.
If you would like your kids to become green-fingered use the above tips to help you. The more time your kids enjoy growing plants, the more green-fingered they are likely to be. This means they could have many years of happy gardening ahead of them.