A backyard garden takes work, but you get some great benefits from it. Don’t handle the work yourself. Your kids can get some benefits from working the soil in a backyard garden as well. Here are some reasons you should consider a family garden.
Working in the garden together gives you a chance to bond with your child. You get to spend quality time together without the distraction of TVs or cell phones. You can pass on your gardening skills to teach your child the basics of how to grow food. Since gardens need regular care, you get repeated bonding time with your child throughout the growing season.
A garden is a real-life science lesson. Kids get to see how plants grow from seeds to maturity. They watch as the plant sprouts and produces vegetables. They also see how things like sun and water affect the growth of the plants. If they forget to water the garden, they might notice the plants becoming shriveled. As you garden with your child, point out things you notice about the plant growth.
In our modern world, we all want instant gratification. A garden doesn’t provide that instant gratification. Your child learns to be patient and she works the soil and cares for the plants. She has to wait before the plant produces vegetables to harvest.
Along with patience, your child learns about responsibility through gardening. You can’t just plant it and forget it. Your plants need regular care, from watering and fertilizing to weeding and harvesting. If your child stops taking care of her plants, she’ll see them wither and eventually die.
All that hard work gives your child a sense of pride when she is able to harvest the produce. The vegetables she grows are the reward for her hard work. She gets to enjoy the accomplishment of knowing that the care she gave the plants is the reason those delicious vegetables grew.
Gardening is a healthy activity for kids. The work a garden takes gives her physical activity as she digs and weeds the garden. She gets fresh air while she works in the garden. She also ends up with lots of healthy vegetables to eat. Growing the food herself might encourage her to eat more vegetables than she would normally.
Gardening can be very fun for kids. They get to dig around in the dirt — something that most kids enjoy but don’t always get to do. While adults sometimes see gardening as a chore, kids often see it as a fun activity that they get to do. Growing a garden together can create some fun memories for your child.