Gardening

How to teach gardening to children?

Gardening is a world in which we all have a place. Regardless of our age, sex, or social condition, each of us can enjoy plants a lot and everything that involves caring for them. Of course, children are no exception, rather the opposite.

They are the main beneficiaries, not only because they can keep themselves entertained while they learn to sow, plant or even do small pruning, but also that this knowledge will help them to understand a little how nature works. That is why below we are going to explain how to teach gardening to children, the adults of tomorrow.

Choose the most suitable plants for children

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Children, especially younger ones, tend to put their hands to their mouths. It is their way of exploring what surrounds them, and what, therefore, must be taken into account when choosing plants correctly. Thus, from the outset, we must discard those that have thorns, such as cacti, or latex such as euphorbia (also the poinsettia).

To go over-insurance, it is best to choose plants suitable for human consumption, since in this way you will teach them to grow their own food. And, most of these are herbs that, in a matter of a few weeks, will be ready for collection. For example, these are some:

  • Lettuce: sown in late winter/ early spring and harvested three months later.
  • Tomato: sown in early spring and harvested about 4-5 months later.
  • Spinach: it is sown in early spring and harvested about 4 months later.
  • Strawberry: sown in late winter/ early spring and harvested about 5 months later.

Prepare the material they will need

Once you have chosen the plants to be sown, you have to prepare a series of things so that they can carry out this task safely and comfortably. Therefore, they will need:

Children’s gardening gloves

In order for your hands to be well protected, it is important that they wear specific gloves for them. Obviously, they must be of their size, since the fact of wearing ones that are large or small will not be comfortable for them.

Flower pot

The pot must have some holes in its base for the water to come out. For the rest, it is indifferent if it is made of plastic or clay, but we recommend that it be made of plastic just in case. Although other options are also interesting, such as a plasticized cardboard box, milk containers or glasses of yogurt previously washed with water.

Earth

The land must be special for plants. The ideal is to get ready-to-use seedbed substrate, but the universal substrate of a lifetime (like the one sold here ) works as well as long as it is mixed with a little perlite, pumice or similar.

Watering can with water

Last but not least, you should provide them with a small watering can (especially for children, or if you can’t get it, a half-liter plastic bottle with some tiny holes at one end will also do) with water so they can keep the soil moist..

Teach them to sow the seeds

The best way for children (and I would say that adults too) learn is by watching others do it. With this in mind, it is very interesting that you first plant a seed in a pot while you explain to the little ones how you do it and why. In this way, they will understand the whole process in a simpler way.

Explain to them that the seeds have to be buried a little bit, since if they are directly exposed to the sun they could burn and therefore spoil. Likewise, they must learn that the earth must always remain somewhat humid, since they need water to stay hydrated and thus be able to germinate.

Also, if you are going to sow seeds of seasonal plants, children have to understand that some, like lettuces, will be collected before they bloom, and there are others like sunflowers that will be allowed to bloom because this way they will be able to produce more seeds, which They are nothing more than the pipes that we later eat.

When it’s their turn, stay by their side to answer any questions they may have.

Create a routine for them to take care of the plants

Children have to be the protagonists. For this it is essential that, beyond seeing you sow a seed the first time and consulting you with any doubts that arise, they are the ones who take care of the plants they have planted. Of course, you as an adult must explain to them when and why to water them, and in case problems arise, why it has arisen and what they have to do so that their plants grow healthy.

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It is very nice to feel that the smallest of the family enjoy taking care of their own plants; Or in other words, that they assume responsibility and that they also do it with pleasure.

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