Let’s face it. Children love to help in the garden.
As long as it involves somehow getting really dirty. This is so true. And I love that my little grandson enjoys some of the other aspects of gardening too! Picking flowers, digging up and moving plants, etc. Teaching kids about gardening is important.
Now, let’s get real! I think the attention-grabbing and fun part for my grandson Jacob was:
- the watering can
- the garden hose
- digging in the dirt
- making mud with all the above
My grandson is 12 years old now, and he can be a help in the garden. It is so thrilling ( and sometimes so messy) when he helps me. But I love every moment. First and foremost, I am spending time with him, keeping him from sitting inside and watching TV or using computer games…well, at least some of the time.
But also I hope to be teaching him about nature, how plants grow, and that gardening is fun. Worms and bugs and all kinds of critters all have a place in the scheme of things.
Jacob will search for interesting stones to place in the hypertufa troughs, and will tirelessly search on the Internet when I need some information about “Platycodon grandiflorum,” Does it really have a medicinal use? Got it, Nana!
Do you need that weed bucket hauled away for you, Nana? What a helper!
But time flies on and they grow up before your eyes. He is 12 years old now and is about to start Sixth Grade. For his Science Fair project in Third Grade, he did “Earthworms” and I was so proud of him. He was a little professor who taught everyone in his class about the importance of earthworms in your soil.
Jacob is my only grandson and he means the world to me, and I love that he has developed an interest in the garden and a drive to learn and, dare I say, teach?
Our children and grandchildren are the future caretakers of the planet. Let’s guide them from the garden!