One of the most popular activities for children is playing with the earth, getting dirty, pouring. Hence, creating a vegetable garden at home with the little ones can become an excellent activity to do even if you have little space. You don’t need a garden or a terrace. Give a child water and earth and he will follow you everywhere!
Here are some tips.
Once you have identified the place to recreate your garden at home, you need to design it. In this task you can involve the children by asking them to draw a real map of the garden. You can decide together what and where to plant. The first thing you need is the earth! In terms of tools, on the other hand, very little will be enough: a few pots of different sizes, some special soil, expanded clay to be placed at the bottom of the pot.
Choose the spaces well
Everything must be accessible to the child: place the boxes at his height, so that he can access them without help.
The goal is for the child to take care of the garden even by himself. Then provide him with the adequate tools of its size: a small watering can, a small shovel and a small apron. Also have a wooden box or a space to store his tools. There are all kinds on the market!
Prepare suitable clothes
While taking care of the garden, the child must be free to get dirty without thinking about the dress he is wearing. So prepare a “work uniform”. He will feel even more in the part of the farmer!
Choose the plants
They need to be easy to care for and fast growing, so that children can enjoy the fruits of their labor in a short time. You can choose whether to start from seeds or from already formed seedlings that you can buy in the nursery. The first solution gives more satisfaction and allows you to attend the moment of birth. Some of the easier plants to grow for example they are basil, parsley, rosemary, sage, mint, thyme, marjoram, carrots, salad, rocket, radishes, tomatoes, courgettes, squash, eggplants, peas, spinach and small fruits such as strawberries, red currants and raspberries. For example, you can start with beans, which take a few days to grow with the first leaves. In this way you can also tell the tale of the magic beans!
When to plant or sow
To be successful in the garden, you always have to respect crop times which are different for each type of fruit or vegetable. On the web you will find detailed garden calendars that will tell you when to plant or sow based on the months.
The garden will help you get him to eat the vegetables
Getting children to eat vegetables is always complicated. But if they have watched it grow, you will see they will be much happier. Planting the seeds with their little hands and seeing the vegetables born intrigues them to discover their flavor. Where to start? From the fastest growing vegetables: radishes, chicory, which after being cut is reborn several times, round carrots. For these vegetables, the seeds are easy to find and all to be planted in pots of 20 cm in diameter.
Prepare the labels
Let the child prepare the label to put on the plant, so that he too can remember and recognize what he planted.
Once you have your first products, go to the kitchen and try a new recipe!
Before buying any tool it is good to:
- always read the labels of all the products you use, including organic ones, and keep everything out of the reach of children;
- avoid chemical or toxic substances;
- check the measures of the tools in motion such as to buy tools suitable for children.