Ways to get children interested in gardening

June 2, 2020

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Most parents are trying to encourage their kids to engage in gardening but how many are ultimately successful? Though children love getting dirty, if it seems like a chore they may stay away from working in a garden. You’ll have to make the job enjoyable and fun to get your kids excited about developing a garden. Encouraging kids and making them excited about creating their own special plot in nature is simple. 

Ideas on how to get children interested in gardening

We have already discussed the benefits of gardening for children in our article. Here we will cover on how we can get our kids interested in gardening. There are a few things you can do to get your children to rouse the gardening bug. Here are a few of our ideas:

Start in the right place

The best way to get things going right and interesting is by choosing a good sunny spot and using the right soil. Luckily, in a small yard it’s easy to set up your garden the right way – just pick a sunny spot, grab a bag or two of good-quality potting soil, and there you go! You don’t need a big yard, either.

Choosing good plants for your children and your local climate is another good way of making sure you start on the right foot. Easy to maintain plants which have no special requirements are typically a good starting point when gardening with children.

Give Ownership to your Child

If you want to keep your kids engaged in a garden, make it his own right from the start. Let your children name the garden, and build a sign near the plot to position it in the soil.

This makes for an instant sense of importance. Section off the paving stones lawn, and put the patch where it’s easy to see. Give your kid own gardening tools, too. Allow for mistakes, as you direct your child through the process. It’s a valuable lesson for all children to find out how to cope with injuries.

If your child is haphazard about planting seeds, give him the chance to see what’s going to happen. Let your children take all of the decisions on what to plant, where to put seeds, as well as how to design the garden’s overall look.

If a kid is completely engaged in a project it enhances the desire to stick with it. Encourage your child to search out the little gardening related surprises. This may be a ladybug hidden under a leaf or a carrot leaf peeking across the surface.

Grow Interesting Plants

Edible or flowering plants are somewhat more enjoyable than ornamental ferns or grasses. Apart from giving your children a reason to tend their plants, visible outcomes such as a tasty treat or a pretty blossom will deepen the sense of achievement of your children while also serve as a positive encouragement when your children do a good job.

Strawberries are a perfect plant for children to grow-they look lovely and taste even better. Because of its sensory existence, flowering plants also are an excellent choice.

Keep Children Stay Involved

Kids have short spans of interest and it can easily lead to boredom. You have to constantly energize your child’s imagination to keep things exciting. Find out the magic of nature with every move. Let your child excited to pull a leaf up and find out what’s hidden under the leaves, or allow him or her to smell and feel the plants. Don’t forget to place a small garden bench or chairs near the garden, so that both of you can watch development.

Back to the Garden with Sudocrem

In the lockdown of March 2020, New York-based artist Jon Burgerman was commissioned to create a poster to support Sudocrem’s Back to the Garden campaign. Designed to be a positive and inspirational response to the pandemic, Back to the Garden has been a lockdown-long mission to help families with young children get back into gardening where ever they may be. Extra details:

  • Poster size: A1
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  • Alison Johnson June 2, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Plant things they want. My Granddaughter loves tomatoes & sunflowers so she does everything from planting the seed, planting into bigger pots & then planting out. When she visitis she waters them. I only plant dwarf sunflowers though!

  • Iain maciver June 2, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    make it fun

  • Mel Pennie June 2, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Start them on growing projects that give quick results, seeds that emerge quickly and grow fast (sunflowers, herbs), so that it keeps them interested and involved for longer.

  • Becky Yeomans June 2, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    Let me choose what they want to grow, I asked my daughter what she would like to plant and she told me strawberries.

  • Jayne Townson June 2, 2020 at 2:25 pm

    I get my children involved by letting them choose some seeds each to plant, such as sunflowers, peas or sweetcorn. Once they have spent a week or two watering and caring for their plants, I find they really enjoy seeing the seedlings growing bigger each day.

  • Peter Watson June 2, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    It’s probably best to start with something they can eat like tomatoes to get them interested.

  • Lindsey Stuart June 2, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    I find my daughter planting seeds is a great motivator knowing that over time there will be a flower growing in the pot, we have already planted sunflowers, We also recycle empty tins by painting them and drilling little holes at the bottom then plant some flowers in them and cable tie them to our fence! So pretty!

  • ashleigh allan June 2, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    make it fun and get them to grow vegetables!

  • Suan Watts June 2, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Plant things that are quick growing to hold their interest

  • Richard Field June 2, 2020 at 5:03 pm

    Really want my grandchildren to get into gardening at a young age.

  • Solange June 2, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    One of the most important things you can learn gardening is patience. Gardening can be a great way to learn the value of hard work, patience, determination and caring for others.

  • fiona waterworth June 2, 2020 at 7:17 pm

    Let them pick from easy to grow seeds, something quick growing that they can eat such as peas

  • Sheena Batey June 2, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Get them to grow sunflowers or herbs and they will see a quick result

  • Susie Wilkinson June 2, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Starting with planting things that can be eaten is great, radishes have been a hit with us because they don’t take too long before they’re ready to eat!

  • Emma Harvey June 2, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    A neighbour has given us some runner beans to grow for the first time. He suggested that I make it into a competition between my two girls. They have a planter each with three beans to each planter. Cue, lots of interest in wanting to water and measure their new plants!

  • Catherine S June 2, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Choose seeds of things they eat with them, plant them together and get them to help look after them and notice how they’re growing. Then when they eat e.g. a tomato, remind them that we’re growing some.

  • A.E. ADKINS June 2, 2020 at 10:14 pm

    Radishes, lettuce, both grow reasonably quickly and can be harvested and eaten

  • Heather mcinnes June 2, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Wow this looks great, I have recently discovered how relaxing gardening is, as a novice this kit would help me teach the kids.

  • Rich Tyler June 3, 2020 at 12:20 am

    Make it fun / easy to remember, getting them to want to see the progress each week…..

  • Julia Kerr June 3, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Grow things that are fast to grow / show results, as it gets boring when nothing is happening

    Grow food that they then get to enjoy eating and cooking with

  • barbara daniels June 3, 2020 at 7:15 am

    giving them their own project and responsibility for apatch, getting them to grow somehtign they like tio eat

  • Laura Pritchard June 3, 2020 at 10:20 am

    Throw in an element of competition…”Who can grow the tallest sunflower” etc

  • Priscilla Stubbs June 3, 2020 at 10:24 am

    Sunflowers are a great start for children. They can plant the seeds and as they germinate and grow they can plant them out and see how big a little seed can grow. (It is amazing when you think about it)!

  • Ursula Hunt June 3, 2020 at 11:11 am

    Growing something that is quick growing like sunflowers or fun to pick and eat like peas

  • Karen Barrett June 3, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    My grandchildren have really enjoyed growing beans in glass jars using blotting paper. They also have their own little patch to plant out veggies.

  • Ruth Harwood June 4, 2020 at 7:38 am

    We’ve started with growing cress on the kitchen windowsill and then have planted some rose seeds in the communal garden – the kids know it will cheer the neighbours up and that makes them feel good xx

  • Danika Lloyd June 4, 2020 at 10:24 am

    We love gardening with our little ones, using all the senses is good fun letting them touch smell and taste where possible

  • Mel Turner June 4, 2020 at 2:02 pm

    Make it as fun as possible. Give them their own seeds to plant they will love watching them grow

  • ellie spider June 4, 2020 at 10:41 pm

    Get them to help with growing something to eat, start with cress and then something easy like potatoes and strawberries – its what worked for me – my nan used to let me help and I was always so proud when we ate something I had grown

  • Katie B June 5, 2020 at 12:16 am

    We’ve been planting alot of vegetables, they love taking care of them and are looking forward to trying them!

  • Christine Constable June 5, 2020 at 8:40 am

    Choose seeds that germinate and grow quickly, like radish, cress and lettuce. Then add something large like a sunflower that they can measure weekly.

  • Fiona jk42 June 5, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    With my kids we planted several different types of seeds, partly as insurance in case some didn’t survive, but also because this gave us the chance to run various competitions between them. Which germinated first, which grew quickest, which was ready to plant out first? (we originally had them in seed trays), and so on. We used broad beans, courgettes, carrots and cress. Our carrots were a complete failure, but we got good results from the others and had more courgettes than we knew what to do with.

  • Carrie-Anne Brown June 6, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    my little boy loves growing vegetables in our garden and loves eating them too!

  • Charlotte isobelle June 7, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    I think choosing different plants to grow, we also have a fairy garden.

  • bex Allum June 7, 2020 at 7:58 pm

    Grow strawberries or something that is delicious.

  • Sally Collingwood June 8, 2020 at 10:43 am

    Grow things from seeds then they can watch them grow

  • Susan Willshee June 8, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    I’d say get them planting seeds. There is so much to learn, from reading the instructions such as which seeds must be covered and which should be sprinkled on the top of the compost. There’s science involved, talking about different types of soil / compost, and then there is the excitement when they see the first little green shoots!

  • Tracy Newton June 10, 2020 at 7:22 am

    I let mine water the garden. They love it

  • Kelly Wheelhouse June 10, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    Always use positive encouragement 🙂 My little boy loves to water the flowers, so I keep filling the watering can and letting him water them to his hearts content

  • jen jackson June 11, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Create their own section in the garden for them to look after

  • Jo Gibbons June 13, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Show them that you are interested too, and make it fun.

  • Margaret Gallagher June 13, 2020 at 8:03 pm

    Start with something that grows quickly – seeing is believing in real time

  • jamesmum June 13, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    great comp the kids will love it.

  • Susan Smith June 14, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Till this lockdown the children were not interested, but now they are, they planted their own seeds and water them everyday, its given them an interest watching them come to life and grow, might even get them to eat more veggies

  • Eileen Hindley June 14, 2020 at 12:10 pm

    Show them how to grow fruit and vegetables that they really like to eat

  • Rachael Sexey June 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    Get them their own mini gardening tools

  • Jodie Green June 15, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    My children love gardening, they have their own little patch in the garden for growing fruit/veg, hand decorated pots for their flowers and spend ages out there. We’ve also made windchimes and windmills to make their patch nice and fun and colourful

  • Susan Hoggett June 16, 2020 at 12:15 am

    great to learn kids in the garden

  • Sandra Fortune June 16, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    I used to pop cotton wool in an eggshell with some cress seeds for my girls when they were little it gets them interested when they pop up.

  • James Travis June 16, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Make it fun and give them a role to do

  • lynn neal June 19, 2020 at 12:07 pm

    I love getting my grandchildren to help me in the garden and they seem to reallyenjoy it!

  • lorraine June 19, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Let them grow things that grow quickly and are easy to grow such as strawberries, courgettes etc.

  • Emma England June 19, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Make sure it’s lots of fun and always keep a look out for bugs!

  • claire June 20, 2020 at 11:06 am

    The love it when they pick their own things to grow, and are assigned different tasks each time to make it fun!

  • sue cornish June 20, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    sunflowers great starter flower

  • Emma davison June 20, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Start with something simple like cress, beans, tomatoes, sunflowers.

  • Rachel B June 20, 2020 at 10:21 pm

    let them help you in the garden and give them there own little area of the garden to tend to.

  • Carly Belsey June 21, 2020 at 5:25 am

    My daughter loves to be outside in the garden, mainly making mud pies but she helps with the weeding too.

  • Geri Gregg June 21, 2020 at 7:12 am

    Wow my son would love this. I get him interested in the gardening by letting him get stuck in and messy

  • Susan B June 21, 2020 at 9:13 am

    Buy packets of fast growing veggies and flowers such as radishes and get the children to plant them. They will see the results within weeks.

  • laura avery June 21, 2020 at 10:21 am

    We found allowing them to have their own section, and to pick and sew whatever they wish..we also found this had a knock on effect and they ate move of their own produce.

  • sarah morris June 21, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    Have a little gardening kit just for them make it fun

  • MERYL Thomas June 21, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    Let them have their own little garden plot, in which they can grow things themselves, and ensure that what they grow is achievable – nothing too difficult.

  • Kim Neville June 21, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Making it fun by letting them choose something they want to grow and they can watch and see progress

  • Sheri Darby June 21, 2020 at 7:29 pm

    Letting them choose and plant their own seed in their own little space

  • Tracy B June 21, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Make it fun, give them their own little patch and let them grow what they want to, within reason

  • Sarah Roberts June 21, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    l find growing plants from seeds makes them more interested and growing your own fruits that they love to eat and bake with

  • Catherine Gregory June 21, 2020 at 11:09 pm

    Start young! My 2 year old started helping water our tomato and pepper plants when he was 9 months old and he loves it now he’s got his own watering can and own tomato plant to water

  • Georgie Wright June 21, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Give them a little patch to grow their own plants!

  • Tee Simpson June 21, 2020 at 11:56 pm

    My tip is ro let them cboose a plant to buy and plant and look after. I have done thia with my kids and they love it.

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