(NC) Look up the positive effects of gardening and you'll find a wealth of studies from educational and government institutions that support its impact on your physical and mental well-being. But it's not just adults who benefit from time in the garden. It's a great way to spend time with your kids while teaching them about biology, food and geology.
Here, garden guru Frank Ferragine, aka Frankie Flowers, shares his tested and true techniques to get your kids in the garden.
Give them a plot of edibles. Your backyard garden can be a fantastic source of delicious edibles like tomatoes, carrots and berries. “Letting the kids pick out and maintain edible plants or grow them from seed in their own plot will help foster ownership in the garden,” says Frankie. “If you're looking for something that will really get the kids and their tastebuds excited, the geniuses at President's Choice have put together a strawberry trio that contains framberries, pineberries and seaburst strawberries.”
Give them their own tools. “A watering can, trowel, gloves and kneeling pad may be all it takes to get your son or daughter in the garden with you,” claims Frankie. “Their own set of tools will make them feel more grown up and more responsible.”
Create a miniature garden. Condo or apartment living shouldn't keep your kids from learning about gardening. “PC Garden Centres have tons of fun planters and colourful pots for the balcony. Planting some microgreens or seasonal flowers in them is a wonderful way to teach your young ones about planting and watering,” says Frankie. “Hanging baskets are another great choice for these smaller spaces, and the bright colours that are trendy this year will captivate your kids.”
Getconnected. For younger generations who engage each other on social media, showing them gardening has its place online can go a long way. “Kids love taking photos, so why not give your little ones an assignment to take some gardening photos to share with you or their friends?” asks Frankie. “It's likely to spark more interest in the work you're doing out there and you'll make some memories to last a lifetime.”