The Children's Garden

A Garden of Their Own


Gardening is a great activity for people of all ages and children are no exception. Children often want to do what mom or dad are doing and when it comes to gardening they can, all that it takes is a little patch of soil and a few seeds.

If you want to give your child an early start on an activity that can bring years of pleasure not to mention fruit and flowers, create your own child garden right near yours.

You do not need much space to get your child started. A garden that is two feet wide and four feet long will be big enough to keep them busy, throughout the garden season.

Radishes are a great vegetable garden crop as they mature fast and your child will be able to taste their work sooner than most other plants. I would find out first if the child actually likes the taste of radishes. If they have never tried them, let them have a taste first. If they like it, you can then explain to them that they are going to grow some of their own.

If they don’t like them, then don’t encourage them to plant any. Just picture them pulling their first radish wiping off the dirt, taking a bite and spitting it out, could turn them off gardening, why take the chance.

I suggest encouraging them to plant edible flowers. This way they will have something pretty to look at and for those bouquets that they are sure to pick and if they pop a flower in their mouths well it’s edible.

A few edible flowers;

Aster,


Bee Balm,


Bergamot,


Squash, Zucchini & Pumpkin flowers

Be sure the flowers are edible.

One of my favourite edible flowers is borage. It produces a bright blue flower; is easy to grow; attracts bees and butterflies and you can eat the flower which has a light licorice flavour.

Speaking of butterflies, a child’s garden is an excellent place for yoru child to learn about nature and see the variety of interactions between the flowers and the various beings that help the flowers to grow.

Nature lessons are easier to understand and appreciate when they are gained firsthand working in their very own garden right near mom and dad.

Gardening will help your child develop confidence in her or his abilities as well. There is nothing like seeing a garden that you have planted and cared for grow to fill you with a delight and a sense of accomplishment.





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stephhicks68 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I wish it was warmer here so I could get out and start gardening with the kids! What a delightful Hub!


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Bonnie Ramsey 8 years ago from United States

Wonderful hub! My granddaughter loves flowers so her Mom let her plant her own flower garden and they were beautiful! She even pulled weeds when necessary and was very attentive. Kids love this type of thing and let's face it...I have never seen a kid that didn't like to play in the dirt without getting into trouble with Mom LOL. Great job!

Bonnie


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ms kim 8 years ago from IL

Good hub. I like having an activity that kids can do and see the results. Always had small 'gardens' for my kids. My oldest now gardens at her house! If you don't have an area in the yard, you can use large pots (these are good for childern who may not be able to work a ground plot due to a disability) too.


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solarshingles 8 years ago from london

I still hold wonderful memories of my grandmother's garden and my own 'patch', there. And what I like to see even more is how my mother is careing for her big garden and how many children are playing there under her kind supervision.


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Jason Stanley 8 years ago

Radishes are great for kid's gardens along with something else that grows slower. That way they get to enjoy something pretty quickly while learning patience for other foods.

Excellent timing with your hub. I'll send it to my daughter for her and her son to consider.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thank you all for your kind words, gardens and children belong togaether.


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amy jane 8 years ago from Connecticut

Great information, thanks! It is almost warm enough here to get started gardening with the little ones :)


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

you are welcome, my garden still has snow on it.


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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

This is a great hub. It is important children are taught the basics early on. I have to thank my mom for teaching me how to take care of plants, even though I didn't became an expert at least I learnt to respect the beauty of nature.


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ripplemaker 8 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

One of the things we have in our preschool curriculum is learning about plants and flowers. We have a planting activity to allow them to explore and find out things for themselves. I will certainly share this hub to the teachers. Hmmm radish...will try it out. Thanks Bob! :-)

--michelle


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thank you for your comments, you are welcome rm it is ecoouraging to hear about planting being part of the curriculum.


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seamus 8 years ago

I look forward to starting a garden this year with my little one. Thank you for this hub. I'm off to read some of your other gardening hubs now.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thanks seamus, enjoy and comments are most welcome.


Abhinaya 8 years ago

I have loved gardening as a child and I find my elder son interested in it too.Bob you couldn't have explained it better.If I were in Canada,I would be your student for sure.Thanks for the wonderful tips.

I didn't know pumpkin flowers were edible.


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Bob Ewing 8 years ago from New Brunswick Author

Thank you for your kind words, You can also deep fry pumpkin flowers after dipping them in batter.

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