5 Benefits Of Introducing Your Children To Gardening

I’m thinking about getting a little allotment for us. I thought, a year rental for my husband as a Christmas present may be a good idea, as he absolutely loves gardening. We live in a flat by the river with fantastic views to Hampton Court Palace and the park and we love it. But we have no garden.

When I was in primary school, as a child we’ve had gardening lessons: two hours a week spent in the school’s kitchen garden. We’ve learned how to use garden tools, how to make a compost, what a warm house is for, when to plant and what and how to harvest. We picked up lots of very useful and relevant knowledge. I still remember these because it wasn’t just something theoretical what we’ve read about in the books, but something we’ve learned in action, by doing it. I think this practice is not all that common anymore.

I know a lot of people who have allotments and they really enjoy their time spent there. And I’ve been thinking it would be something great to do together as a family.

So I gathered a few reasons why it’s good for the children to take part in looking after the allotment or helping with the vegetable garden.

If you want to know more about growing your own fruits and vegetables in your garden or allotment, this survey is a good start: Grow Your Own Fruits And

Vegetables

1. Educating them where the food comes from

Some children grow up by seeing vegetables only in the supermarket. They don’t know what it takes to produce crops, how much work is behind getting all that food on the table. By helping with gardening, they will be able understand the concept of food production.

2. It encourages them to try to eat more vegetables

My children doesn’t eat nowhere enough vegetables. Growing your own vegetables will encourage them to try more varieties. They will be proud, what they have produced, so there’s a good chance that they will eat them too. Homegrown veggies taste better too! Remember the real tomatoes from your grandparents garden? They are so much tastier than the Ines you can buy in the supermarket!

3. It teaches them to respect nature.

It’s never too early to teach them how to live environmentally friendly. Gardening is definitely a good starting point. It also teaches them to be responsible for their plants. They will learn how to look after them by watering regularly and deweeding.

4. Stress relief.

A lot of children can get anxious and stressed about our hyper fast lifestyle. The pressure in the school, the information overload, and the lack of time spent outside all adds up. When visiting the allotment or doing gardening chores they can get some fresh air and some extra exercise. There’s a number of studies out there supporting the theory of when we have contact with soil during gardening it improves our mood.

5. It can be family fun!

It’s great when the whole family is being involved. Decide together what to plant: everyone picks a few favourites, like strawberries, tomatoes, even spring flowers. When it’s muddy and raining, just put wellies on and turn it into a messy fun. It’s a fantastic sensory activity too: they can use all their senses: smelling the flowers, feel the soil, taste the vegetables, hear the bees buzzing around, see the wonderful colours of the garden.

Disclaimer: This post has been written in collaboration with https://www.firsttunnels.co.uk As always, all comments and opinions in this article are my own.

19 Comments

  1. Yes ! Gardening is amazing isn’t it ? We don’t have much of one but my father does and he grows his own veg; so my boys love mucking in and helping ! I find that a lot of kiddies don’t actually know where some veg comes from, I know mine were amazing at the spuds they were pulling up when they first started helping in the garden !

    • It’s amazing though isn’t it. A generation will grow up not only not knowing the badics how to produce food, but doesn’t even know where does it comes from.

  2. This is such an important post I think especially in an age where everything is so immediate and you can just go to one place for all of your groceries. When I was a kid we used to always go to a greengrocer’s for our fruit & veggies, something that doesn’t seem to happen anymore. Good on you for teaching your little ones the origin of our food and helping them to appreciate all that goes in to growing delicious and nutritious grub 🙂
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  3. I loved this post. We’ve been thinking about doing a vegetable patch next year to try and encourage the girls Interest in gardening. I totally agree with the reasons about where food comes from and encouraging to eat veg. I noticed our toddler try much more when we went to a farm this year. Good luck x

  4. I am afraid that I am really bad at gardening but my school still takes the children gardening and indeed outside education is making a massive comeback for many of the reasons you have mentioned. You see a completely different side to the children in an outdoors environment. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

  5. We are starting a raised garden in the back yard next year all for the reasons mentioned above. Cant wait to get it started. Great post

    • It is a little bit frightening that kids are just not sure where our food comes from.

  6. This is such a lovely idea. I’m sure you will all enjoy spending time there as a family and enjoying your lovely produce too 🙂 Thank you for sharing with #StayClassymama

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