Use your own garden as an excuse to spend time with your family and you can all get some exercise while having fun.
Planting tips and ideas
- Choose bedding plants that will look promising as soon as they go in the ground. Pansies, geraniums and primroses are usually safe bets with pretty results.
- Keep mess under control by getting your child to plant flowers in pots that can sit outside but don’t require lots of digging. The pot marigold can be planted in spring and within 10 weeks produces lots of flowers.
- For something different and durable, sow cornflower seeds in one corner of your garden and wait for their vibrant bluey purple flowers spring up.
- If your child wants to plant something from seed, keep up their interest by taking regular photos to chart their bloom’s progress as the weeks go by.
Gardening in small outside spaces
- If you don’t have any or very much garden space, try windowsill pots (herbs and small tomatoes your child can then help you cook with when they’re ready).
- Ask a neighbour or elderly relative if you can help look after their garden. It’s still great fun and will bring great pleasure to someone else.
- Find a local community gardening project. You can learn a lot from other gardeners’ style of garden design while you’re all joining in. The RHS website has lots of listings for these, organised region by region.
There are lots of fun ways you can spend time in the garden together. Check out our Gardening projects for kids.
Pass it on – 3 amazing gardening facts for kids
Encourage your child’s enthusiasm for gardening with a few fascinating details.
- Give kids a magnifying glass and let them discover that worms have bristles!
- Show them how some flowers are pale and smell more appealing in the evening so that moths not butterflies will be attracted to them for pollination.
- A caterpillar has 4000 muscles!