7 Tips To Making The Garden Fun for Kids

| 5/12/2015 10:39:00 AM

Tags: Garden, Homesteading, Country, Children, Kids, Gardening, Farm Fresh For Life, Candi Johns,

Candi JohnsHave fun in the garden with the children! I have four great children whom I homeschool. (More on homeschooling here.) We are together a lot as you can imagine. If I'm in the garden, I usually have some company. I have been gardening with children for as long as I can remember.

When I first began gardening with children I did all the planning, selecting, grouping and designing. The kids were my "helpers." This system did not result in children excited about working in the garden.  They were just helping me. This all changed the day I gave them ownership.

kids in garden 

The turning point came the year we put in our 21 raised garden beds. I told each of my children to pick one. They now owned their own bed. They could plant anything they wanted! They could plant everything they wanted! They got to decide! They got to plan! They had their own garden. Happy children!

Here are my top seven tips for getting your children working in the garden and loving it!

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