5 Benefits Of Introducing Your Children To Gardening

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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.

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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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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26 comments

Rebecca | AAUBlog September 21, 2017 - 12:43 pm

I am pretty rubbish at gardening, but we do grow some of our own veg. The kids love going out to water and help with them x

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eva.katona@yahoo.com September 23, 2017 - 9:33 pm

That sounds great. They do like a bit of water and muddy fun, don’t they.

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Ger September 21, 2017 - 8:38 pm

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 !

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eva.katona@yahoo.com September 23, 2017 - 9:31 pm

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.

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Alex Donnelly September 23, 2017 - 10:27 am

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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eva.katona@yahoo.com September 23, 2017 - 9:17 pm

Thank you x

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Sarah September 24, 2017 - 10:11 pm

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

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Emma | The Mini Mes and Me September 25, 2017 - 12:43 pm

I think growing your own produce provides a real sense of achievement too, it’s very rewarding seeing the before and after 🙂 My little duo love to help with gardening

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Imperfect Mum October 5, 2017 - 3:54 pm

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 ?

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eva.katona@yahoo.com October 14, 2017 - 12:56 pm

That’s great, when the school is involved too.

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mummy here and there October 5, 2017 - 7:45 pm

It has so many benefits being open and exploring. Gorgeous photos X #stayclassymama

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Chris October 5, 2017 - 7:49 pm

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

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eva.katona@yahoo.com October 14, 2017 - 12:54 pm

Thanks Chris, good luck with that, sounds like a big job.

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Annette, Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne October 7, 2017 - 11:14 am

Only yesterday my 6 yo asked me where our food comes from… It’s not that we live in a highly urbanised area, we even grew a few vegetables a few years ago, but still… I must get round to gardening with them again!
#ablogginggoodtime

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eva.katona@yahoo.com October 14, 2017 - 12:51 pm

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

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Helena October 9, 2017 - 3:03 pm

I think it’s great to get the children involved in acknowledging where their food comes from and learning about their world around them. #HumpDayLinky

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eva.katona@yahoo.com October 14, 2017 - 12:46 pm

Thanks Helena x

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Pat - White Camellias October 11, 2017 - 1:12 pm

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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eva.katona@yahoo.com October 14, 2017 - 12:39 pm

Gardening is great fun!

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Tracy Albiero November 7, 2017 - 8:13 pm

Plus it is good for kids to get their hands dirty. Play in the soil. Feel the earth. I love taking my kiddo to the local farm stand to pick and eat and pick some more! #MMBH

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eva.katona@yahoo.com November 11, 2017 - 9:29 pm

Very good point!

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Alana - Burnished Chaos November 12, 2017 - 1:44 pm

This is such a great idea. My son loves the runner beans straight from the allotment and getting them involved has so many benefits. I can take a while to get one in some areas though, we were on the waiting list for 5yrs before a plot became available!
Thank you for joining #FamilyFunLinky x

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Kids of the Wild November 12, 2017 - 8:32 pm

Gardening is great at so many levels – wish I’d gone to a school that had gardening lessons! Waiting to move into our own house so I can have my own garden again.

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Jane Anderson February 21, 2018 - 9:10 am

Hi Eva, many kids like to get involved in gardening, so this is the nice idea to allow them to plant their own seeds and grow beautiful plants. Your post really encourage to all. Thank you for posting this.

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