Once they are prised away from the infernal television screen, children absolutely love to get out in the garden and get their hands dirty. So here are a few tips to help you get started with your own children and encourage them to get out in the garden.
It's important to plant things that they find interesting and that grow quickly(children are not known for their patience). Vegetables are always a good place to start. They regularly see them on their plate so they are already familar with the end product, Things like carrots, peas, parsnips, turnips are all a great starting points.
Potatoes do take longer to grow, but as the plants develop the kids see the shoots and leaves and they start to get excited about whats happening under the ground. It's good for kids to see what's on their plate and where it comes from. The Food Dudes program currently running in the schools has really helped my own children to think again when it comes to processed foods. Encouraging your kids to get out in the garden really helps to reinforce this good work and if your not already an avid gardener let me tell you that there's nothing quite as delicious and satisfying as home grown potatoes and carrots.
Another great starter plant is lettuce, particularly the cut and come lettuce, It grows really fast and kids get to see results quite quickly and again, it's delicious and with a few plants you'll have fresh, homegrown lettuce for months.
So what are you waiting for.... get out there and grow your own !!!
We have a wide selection of vegetable plants in stock for sale, so they're already started for you. All you have to do is plant them in the ground and in a few weeks you'll have your own homegrown veg. There's also the added bonus of getting your hands and clothes dirty (it's a bonus for the children anyway!)
Lynda is married to Bryan and they have 5 children, Together they have created a garden centre with the perfect plants, shrubs, trees and flowers to help you create the ornamental garden of your dreams !