As adults gardening is often all about growing and nurturing a plant (either for food, beauty or ego). We often look at the end result rather than the journey and we rarely seek to understand 'why' something happens, unless it goes wrong. On the other hand, children tend to find excitement in everyday things and they are obsessed with the 'why'. Here are a few thoughts on how I have embraced the mindset of my children in order to continue nourishing their gardening skills during these cold and dark months.
If I had to choose, autumn would probably be my favourite season! However, the start of this autumn has been really disappointing here in Norwich with torrential rain, flooding and only a handful of days with lovely weather.
Our outdoor garden activities have been limited, while inside we have started growing a few things but the girls have not really been very engaged as they have been busy with homework, classes and playing.
What are your plans to keep your gardening kid excited about growing during the autumn/winter months?
Before the school holidays started I had grand plans to publish a list of the 10 best gardening things to do with your kids over the summer. However, while doing my research for the blog, I realised that there are countless numbers of such lists and they are all awesome. So instead of reinventing the wheel, I have tried to do some of those activities with my girls and below are my favourite three. These are not ‘one off’ activities but things the kids can do time and time again.
April and the first half of May have been a mixed bag both in terms of weather and gardening. As our plants are growing nicely (mostly!) I feel the need to take stock on what we have achieved so far and what I have learnt during the last few months gardening with my two little girls.
Am I the only parent that does not have a clear plan for the next two weeks? Having a few simple and fun things to do in the garden during the holiday period and letting the children choose which to do and when to do them could be a successful strategy. Here are the three activities that I'll be proposing to my girls.