There are a few things to consider before getting started.
- Try and let the child have as much input as possible.
- Keep it simple, start small and work your way up to bigger projects.
- Give children their own space to experiment, even if it's just one pot.
- Visit community gardens for ideas.
- Prepare the soil with your kids to give them the best chance of success.
Gardening with kids, what do they like?
It's important to consider what kids like when planning your garden. If you choose projects that spark their interest kids are more likely to stick with it. These are some ideas that might appeal to your child:
- Grow plants that have an interactive element, think about plants that have an interesting texture, smell or look.
- Choose plants that are easy to grow and that grow quickly.
- Keep plant beds accessible and easy to reach.
- Grow edible plants, sunflower seeds, carrots and turnips are fast growing and fun. They can then be picked and eaten offering a lesson in nutrition.
- Pick plants the attract butterflies and beetles.
- Grow something with a novelty value, snapdragons and dandelions are fun to pick and play with.
- Using a trellis or tee pee to grow beans is a good way to watch a plant grow and make it easy to harvest.
- Make a scarecrow.
- Put in a water feature. A pond with fish or a bird bath can be a great way to attract birds and animals to the garden.
- Set up a worm farm or compost heap.
- Weeding is fun for younger kids.
- Deheading flowers and picking plants is great fun for little hands.