We've been given one of these super cool kid's gardening kits by Innocent smoothies to give away. I thought we'd run a little competition here in the 'Gardening with Kids' group to win it.
All you need to do is post your best tip for gardening with children in the comments below and we'll choose the best tip and that person will win the kit! Easy.
The kit includes: A watering can, rake and fork tools, plant tags, stickers and a collection of seeds. Thanks to Innocent Kids for the prize.
Closing date for the competition is March 22nd.
And I should also add that the competition is open to UK residents only.
Best of luck
I'll start the ball rolling.
Tip: Create a 'digging station' for really litte ones. A belfast sink full of soil is perfect.
Sow some calendula seeds in the shape of an initial-they are chunky enough for little hands and bright enough to be seen from the house, with the added benefit of being personal and educational!
We started with a tall glass each and some damp kitchen roll then got them to drop a bean down the side and they absolutely loved watching this grow and it really showed them the whole process from there we moved on to a small patch each, we also made plant labels which they decorated themselves, such a lovely time can,t wait to start the whole process again with my grandson, exciting times ahead yay !!!!
Brilliant tips - keep em coming!
We grew sweet peas - so easy! We cut the flowers and made poseys for our 'Tea n Cake' tea party, the tables looked fab and smelt so sweet. Then we harvested the seeds for the following year, made lovely stencilled brown envelopes for the seeds. They sold brilliantly at the School Fair, the children loved the whole year long experience...becoming gardeners, artists and business entrepreneurs! You just have to love sweet peas, I do...and now the kiddies do too!
my niece loves to help plant cherry tomato's in a big pot on the patio, she likes it even better when its time to pick and eat them straight off the plant!
Hunt for buried treasure, my two always love digging for potatoes and as I grow them in bags it's easy for them to play pirates on the patio, make as much mess as they like and it all gets swept up at the end of the day! They love finding the spuds, the different sizes, colours and shapes means there's loads of extra learning that can be done at the same time such as counting, organising into size groups etc and I think getting their hands dirty is the best way of introducing them to gardening and discovering where their food comes from.
This winter, with little else to do in the garden, we created a fairy village in an old metre square raised bed. The kids scavenged for suitable stuff and an upturned wire hanging basket frame became the fairy house, covered in ivy. Teasels became bushes, twigs intertwined to become fences, pebbles; fairy paths and pampas grass trees. We then created a fairy's fairy garden with creeping thyme and moss found inbetween the paving stones and little sprigs of lavender. The kids love it and are still adding to it each time they go out, convinced that the fairies have now moved in!
My top tips for gardening with children:
One of my favourite projects for children is making grass heads:
Take 1 pair of old tights and cut off above ankle / sprinkle grass seed in toe / fill with sawdust or compost / tie end to make head-shaped ball / turn right way up (grass seed becomes hair) / decorate with eyes, nose, moustache, glasses etc letting your creativity run wild / balance on top of small jar filled with water / keep water topped up and within a couple of weeks you should have enough grass hair to style and cut :)
Mustard Cress. There is nothing quite like an instant success to keep them gripped then they can move on to Sun Flower competitions.
Kids need to be kept interested in a garden and that means creating more for them than the garden itself so we have a "Bubble Station" Endless amounts of bubble liquid and various bits and pieces to use to create bubble masterpieces, continual fun for them with bubbles on tap and a beautiful vintagey style station for me!
Only a few more days to go until the winner is announced. Keep the tips coming they are great!