Gardens are not just enjoyable for adults, kids can love them too. Kids love getting in on the action and helping out in the garden, picking weeds, harvesting produce, and so much more. If you and your family want to enjoy gardening together as a group this year, keep reading! Below, you will find out how to create a vegetable garden that is kid friendly and performs well for you. You don’t have to choose one or the other!
A vegetable garden that is kid friendly is right at your fingers. Take a look at how easy it is to create one yourself!
How to Create a Vegetable Garden That is Kid Friendly:
1. Bring them in on the planning.
Children will enjoy drawing pictures and planning what they think the garden should look like. Ask them to provide input, drawings, and give feedback on what they want in their vegetable garden. Let them brainstorm and share ideas, and feel like their opinion is valuable!
2. Let the help with the planting.
Simple tasks such as digging holes, dropping seeds in, and watering can all be performed by kids. Show them how it is done, don’t just expect them to know. Once you have modeled it, let them give it a try! Don’t forget to praise them for a job well done!
3. Allow them to add their own touches.
Let your kiddos add their own handmade bird feeders and bird houses to the garden. If they have an idea for another kind of decor for the garden, encourage it! Sure it might look a little wild and wacky, but that is the fun part. Encourage their creativity and desire to contribute.
4. Pick kid friendly plants.
If you have children coming in and out of the garden, pick hardy vegetable plants. You will also want to be sure you pick plants that do not pose any hazards such as prickles or thorns. Plants ideal for children are tomatoes and squash as they are hardy and grow in just about any condition.
5. Create a care chart.
Assigned children tasks they can do during the week to help out. These tasks can include watering, picking weeds, and harvesting. Just be sure to show them how to do these tasks. Don’t assume they already know. Praise them for their efforts!
Once your garden is in bloom, harvest together as a family and enjoy your crop! Find recipes you can enjoy together, cook a feast using your produce, or take some over to a neighbor to enjoy. Doing these activities as a family is a great bonding opportunity!
So what are you waiting for? Get growing that kid friendly family garden today!