Gardening with the Whole Family
Get Kids Involved in Gardening!
Children are little bundles of energy just needing an outlet. In today's world kids and parents alike are just not getting enough exercise. Many people feel stuck in a rut going to the gym and tackling the stair master yet again. And many kids just sit at home playing video games and becoming mentally overstimulated and physically "understimulated."
A superb way to break free of the monotonous routine many of us find ourselves stuck in is to take the whole family and head to the local home and garden store. Have everyone pick out a different type of seed(fruit, vegetable, flower or herb), and maybe a bag of fertilizer too. The whole family can pitch in and dig up a small plot of land. This type of physical activity is highly rewarding because it is productive and fun.
Until you have experienced it, you can't know how special it is to work soil with your own hands, to plant seeds and nurture them along, and finally to harvest what you have grown and actually eat it. It is something missing from many people's lives that could truly become a favorite family past time. Gardening is a great way to teach children about perservearence, patience and appreciation for nature and all living things. These simple life lessons go a long way in helping parents mold their children into more well rounded individuals and give the entire family a project to work on together.
Gardening can be done even if you live in a condo or apartment too. There are numerous ways to grow all types of fruits, vegetables, herbs and trees even when space is extremely limited. For the first time gardener, local bookstores and the internet have endless resources available to use. Anyone can garden, it only takes a little research and good old fashioned hard work.