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Gardening With Children

Gardening with the younger members of your family really can be fun - and teach them a skill for life. Share your top tips here!

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New school Gardening club - ideas and advice welcome!

Started by Alderandash. Last reply by Natalia Lopes Feb 26, 2016. 5 Replies

Hello there! I offered to set up a gardening club for my daughters school, and this week is our first get-together. Gulp!We have use of a largish, very overgrown 'allotment' space on the playing…Continue

Tags: club, gardening, school

Garden Crafts for Children

Started by Caro. Last reply by Caro Jun 18, 2012. 2 Replies

Just thought I'd give gardening parents and grandparents a heads up on a couple of children's Garden and Green craft books I've recently received for review. Their arrival is very timely as I'm…Continue

Tags: gardening, kids, Crafts

Preview our latest Story&Seed pack.

Started by Shena Cooper Feb 26, 2012. 0 Replies

March 10th is a really exciting day for Secret Seed Society because our 5th Story&Seed pack will be launched. It's the story of Rio Rocket and his friends.We are also hoping that on that day we…Continue

Making allotments safe for kids

Started by Rachel Morgan. Last reply by Jacqueline Harakis Jun 29, 2011. 3 Replies

Evening all,I've had an allotment for 3 years but this is only my first yearat 'really' having an allotment (1st year I was just clearing as it was thedumping area, 2nd year got new patch but also…Continue

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Comment by Stephen Shirley on August 17, 2010 at 21:22
We have the same with our girls and the raspberries - they just go to tidy up the stuff left out in the garden and an hour later you wonder where they are - only to find they're picking and eating raspberries.
Comment by sarah mcmurray on August 18, 2010 at 18:44
Gardening with children is the biggest joy of all - especially when it does make it into the kitchen. Blueberry pancakes are the current fave. (Orangette blog for recipe - yum!) Our competitive two - Camille is 5 and Ned is 3, measure their sunflowers daily, argue over pumpkin ownership (not quite tied in a spiral, ahem!), scrump the fruit - and I mean all of it. But did you know we are growing 'ketchup plants' this year.....!
Comment by Caro on August 19, 2010 at 7:46
Just had to smile at Ryan and Gillian's comments on their son's digging station. Another way to occupy tinies is to fit a watering rose to a small-ish water bottle (or puncture the lid) and let them sprinkle water onto the veg. (Lakeland sell them, 2 for £1.45 I think.) With older kids, I find a tub of ELC chalks and a few paving slabs will occupy them until picking time.
Comment by Damo on September 26, 2010 at 8:32
I like the chalk and slabs idea, I may pave one of my grass paths so the grils can go mad with the graffiti while I do the weeding!
Comment by Debi Williamson on January 5, 2011 at 12:54
We usually have the traditional sunflower race, the kids plant one for everyone, even the cats and dogs!  Last year Aimee grew her own pumpkins and beans!  With Matty being older he'll do jobs for money!  Not sure who's being bribed there!  Aimee will also pick the strawberries, with not many reaching the kitchen, and squishy ones she gives to Rolo!  Rolo likes to help too, he helps pat the soil with his paw, after hes sat there and lsitened in detail to what you are planting!
Comment by Sarah Rideout on January 29, 2011 at 11:48
Hi, thought I'd joined this group ages ago - must have not clicked on something! For anyone thinking of setting up a children's growing project, see link below for info on The Lottie which is run on a community allotment with cooking done back at school http://www.commoncause.org.uk/project.php?p=5
Sarah
Comment by lou archell on February 19, 2011 at 20:38
Hello, I have just joined.  I have two young sons and a lottie.. so am looking for tips and help to grow veg and still keep them entertained whilst I garden!  Lou
Comment by Shena Cooper on December 4, 2011 at 15:17

Christmas growing try bean-sprouts and cress. Both packs are available from www.secretseedsociety.myshopify.com

 Stuckfor a gift or a great stocking filler to get children gardening,cooking and eating? Special offer on Secret Seed Society bundle of all 4 of our story'n'seed packs in gift box outers, now 15% off enter code 'i love peter parsnip' at checkout.

Books are ideal for kids up to 7 years old, and often loved by older children and grown-ups. Apart from a beautifully illustrated and amusing adventure from Seed City they contain seeds and a recipe!

Comment by Hayley Louise Hobbs on August 30, 2012 at 8:40

Both my boy's are literally cabbage patch kids, our allotment is at the bottom of the garden and the gate is always open, so it feels like a massive extension to the garden. I spoke to a new plot holder yesterday with two small boys and they were into everything and it reminded me how difficult it was with a little one when we started. Here are some tips I have picked up along the way:

Always put wellies on, they will always find brambles or stingers to step on!

From the start teach them to only walk on pathways and make sure they know where the boundary to your plots are

Get some of those little push in mini boarder fences so that when you have seeded a bed you can put a little fence around it, when the boys were younger they couldn't understand that in February they could walk over all the beds and then as you plant things you start shouting at them to get off!

Framed netting is also good, this year they kept walking across the asparagus as it was coming up so over the frame went.

Have an area for them to play, not just to garden but to do other things as well and introduce things like ladybird houses and mini seating etc

Get them into bugs, whenever they get bored I send them on a nature trail around the site, have your camera handy to take photo's and then they can google them to identify the species later, this year my boy's tried to collect all the different stages of a ladybird larvae and it kept them busy for hours.

Let them build little eco systems such as a small pile of logs for them to check under.

As they get a little older buy them a set of Junior tools, my 7 year old actually bought some out of his birthday money (by choice).

Hope this helps, Have a look at my blog for other ideas or if you have any of your own, I am always keen to have some more up my sleeve!

Hayley

Comment by Sussexmouse on August 21, 2013 at 9:55

A happy memory.  When I was a child I remember my Dad letting me scratch my name on a baby Marrow.  My name grew bigger as the Marrow grew.  My Mum let me buy just one Cornflower plant in Woolworths when I was little.  It is little things like this that started my love of gardening at an early age.  Marion

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