Nursery Gardens: Learning to Plant

Good morning to all gardeners!

Today I am going to comment on a visit that I made before Easter to a KINDERGARTEN, the idea was to show the children, between 2 and 3 years old, the jobs that are carried out in some professions and there I went as a future agricultural engineer to plant some beans with them.

Planting beans is not exactly what agronomists do, but it is a good example for children to learn how to sow a seed , where things come from and they will be able to see day by day how the little seed they planted during spring is evolving, something like what you can see in this cool video:

How was our visit to the Nursery

When I went to make the visit it was very very early for them, and for me too, the children had just entered class and some were still crying about having left their parents or with bleary eyes wanting to sleep another time. But as soon as we started the activity, their attitude took a 180º turn, everyone was expectant and very awake seeing what that man was doing with earth and bean seeds who asked them a lot of absurd things about the field and the flowers.

As you can see, together with my wonderful assistant, we place the substrate on some trays and crumble it because, as we have told you many times, the bag is usually very crushed and thus we get a greater volume of useful soil.

Next we put the earth in some cups in which there was already a hole for drainage, I had to fix the drainage of a lot of cups because there were many children, and carefully we made a hole with our finger in the substrate to put the seed of bean, we carefully cover the hole and water with a watering can to conclude the experiment.

After that practical example for the whole class, we distributed to each one a glass to fill it with earth, that was a real madness because all the children began to throw the earth, fill the glass to the top, then empty it again and like this infinite times, so we were guiding the most thug children until they all ended up having their seed planted.

The value of planting a bean

It may seem silly, but sowing a bean has a very important pedagogical task, to begin with it is an activity that is out of the routine of children and its practical nature makes them remember it much more, when interacting with new elements such as the earth, the beans and the watering can, enjoy playing while learning.

Many of these children did not know the touch of the growing medium, a black earth that sticks between your hands, and I think that the sensitive experience combined with the fact that they did the planting themselves is already a great learning experience.

Later on when they germinate they can become part of a school garden with all the benefits that they entail, although they are still too young to take care of one, for the moment by watering the seed every day they already acquire the responsibility of taking care of a living being and illusion because they are born the plants. In addition, they will be able to observe all the phenological changes of the same step by step and in different states because not all the seeds will germinate the same or at the same time.

There are many activities of the style that are done today from the creation of vertical gardens designed by children to the implementation of educational projects of school gardens cultivated by them. I wanted to contribute my bit with this little experience, which, although in magnitude is much lower than other activities, is always a first step to develop their concerns regarding respect for the environment, caring for nature and motivating them to water and take care of their plants at home.

I have been lucky enough to talk with some of the parents of the nursery days after the activity and their children still remember all the steps to plant a plant even though it was so early and many were half asleep. These young children are like sponges and they remember everything as long as you make it enjoyable and fun for them.

I am very happy to have been the driver of this experience, I had a great time with all of them. To thank the members of the nursery for giving me the opportunity to make it possible, I hope that this seed of knowledge will germinate in these children, that they continue to plant things and take care of their plants so that they already go with the lesson learned when they have to create a garden in his future school.

All the best

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