There’s no age limit on gardening. Many of us enjoy maintaining our outdoor spaces into old age – but there’s also no limit on how young you can be, either.
As a family, playing in the garden is a wonderful bonding activity. Involving the kids in gardening is a great way to get them outside in all weather too, as well as give them skills that will stand them in good stead in future life.
Gardening teaches care, patience, chemistry and biology, and if you grow herbs, fruits or vegetables, it can teach home economics and cooking too.
For a relatively small cost, you get all the health benefits of spending time together, time outdoors, and help build an area for the whole family to enjoy.
If you want to get your children engaged with gardening, it’s a good idea to start fast. Some seeds will sprout within a couple of days, while some will grow in a glass of water so you can see progress without having to wait for them to reach the surface of soil.
Grow something brightly coloured, sweetly scented or edible, as this will give an extra element to the experience for your kids.
Cress is an incredibly easy option – you can grow it indoors as a precursor to trying more ambitious outdoor crops, and it’s a tasty addition to sandwiches too.
Let your children help you design a layout for your garden. You can of course steer them in the right direction, but it can be worth having them choose where to position planters, grow frames and flower beds.
This can bring together different arts and crafts, from sketching out a scale drawing of your garden, to colouring in or collaging the various planting areas where your child would like them to go.
Help them to understand that gardens are organic – they change with the seasons, and you can always move things around in the future if you want.
That way, if they want to try something different or more ambitious, you can reassure them that if it doesn’t work, it’s not the end of the world.
Try to keep things fun throughout the experience of gardening with your kids. Don’t let those regular garden tasks seem like chores – try to combine them with some optional kids garden activities too.
We believe that a healthy lawn is the heart of every garden. Our Gold Standard Turf bounces back well after being played on by children and pets, and provides the perfect centrepiece for you to surround with raised beds or rockeries.
Gardens are the best of both worlds – private space that you can design and look after yourself, but with access to the great outdoors for some fresh air and exercise.
Start your kids young, and by the time they grow up, they’ll have the skills they need to be self-sufficient by growing fruit and veg in the garden, or just enjoying the outdoors by planting flowers and tending shrubberies.