Most people with grandchildren will tell you how much joy their grandkids bring into their lives and how much fun it is to experience life anew with their littles. I have realized over the last few years the positive impact grandparents can make in the lives of their grandchildren. I can’t count the times I have heard someone attribute their love of gardening or nature or whatever to a grandparent. And yes, I garden with my grandkids. I have 4! Adelle is almost 12 now! Maddox is almost 5! Coen and Micah, fraternal twin brothers to Maddox, are 19 months old!
- I recommend that, as much as possible ,you garden from start to finish with the kids you are blessed to garden with. Doing the work together is the most effective way to teach and to learn. Explain the how and the why as you go; Experience the wonder and beauty all along the way! Plan, look at seed catalogs, prep the soil, plant, water, feed, do organic pest control, harvest, clean, cook and eat! Don’t forget to allow some plants to go to seed for next year!
- Let kids plant the big bean seeds AND let them plant tiny carrot seeds and kale seeds too. There is so much variety!
- Mistakes teach the best lessons—like when Madds spilled a bunch of carrot seeds he was trying to put back into the package. When they sprouted in a clump, he could see right where he spilled them (and this excited him for some reason). He could see how they grew too close and learned they had to be thinned and that a lot of seeds were ‘lost’.
- If you can, let them play in the water—just a little. And then, lay back and enjoy the fruits of your labor together with them!