With the sun in the sky and the half term around the corner, this is a great time to get the kids into the garden. I recently took my best friend’s two sons to my allotment in North London and they had a lovely time digging, weeding, planting and generally getting nice and muddy.
Kids just love being in the garden, it allows them the freedom to forage, look for insects and dig in the mud – one of their favourite things to do. It really will keep them occupied and happy for an entire day, and happy half term kids means happy half term parents.
Great ideas for gardening with little ones is planting simple seeds such as cress and sunflowers, which can easily be placed in yoghurt pots, with results occurring quite quickly.
Another is to allow them their own patch, be it in the garden or in a container, where some quick growing fruit and vegetables can be planted such as tomatoes, potatoes, raspberries and strawberries. They can then have the very ‘grown-up’ responsibility of watering them everyday and watching them as they grow and produce items for their dinner plate. A real sense of pride and achievement will be felt on the first mouthful I am, sure.
The Balcony Gardener has some really nice products for kids to inspire their green fingers. My favourites are below. (Click on image for more information and purchase)