5 Tips for Springing into the Garden with kids!

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Spring is in the air, and one of the best parts of Spring is gardening!

For children, cultivating the Earth creates a direct relationship with living and growing things and Nature sets the pace and what better way to encourage this is by providing your kids with their very own gardening tools (available in our store) just like mum or dad!

Here are 5 tips for springing into the garden with children:

1. When starting out, begin with a small area, you can always get bigger as you go along. Container gardening is a great place to start. You can use almost anything from a half barrel, an old bath or a bucket with some holes drilled in the bottom for drainage. Position your container in a place that receives 4-6 hours of sun and then fill with a good quality potting mix ready to plant out.

2. Start with quick growing, tasty vegetables that children can pick and eat such as lettuce, herbs, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries. I’ve found that children are also more likely to eat things that they have grown themselves.

Watering and weeding are daily tasks that allow you and your children watch your tasty crop grow! Check out the Australian gardening planting guide for what to plant in your region.

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3. Protect your patch. Make sure that your new plants are protected from any pests, possums, birds or toddler excavation. This may require some fine mesh netting over some stakes with old gum boots on the ends to stop the net catching. Making a scare crow with your child is a lovely activity to do from things around the house, check out make scarecrows for some creative ideas.

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4. Gather your tools. This ensures you have everything you need before you get started. Children sized tools such as the Eco Toys Gardening Range  is perfect for little hands! You’ll need a small watering can, spade, rake, hand shovel and gloves to get your little ones eager to get gardening. Bigger peopled sized shovel, gloves, trowel and fork will also come in handy.

 

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5. Get in and give it a go and be sure to get the kids involved. The rewards for this caring and tending go far beyond the harvest of vegetables, flowers and fruit.

 

Article originally posted and written September 2014 written by Jenna Farrington- Seear, Garden Specialist – Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program, Montmorency South Primary School.

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  1. Nettie Cross says:

    I have 3 kids. You know that there is no chance 3 of them to be occupied at the same time. I managed to make them quite only when they are in the garden. I think that game is a perfect solution. Best regards!

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