Currently, I have a seven year-old daughter and five year-old son. They love most fruits and vegetables, which sometimes surprises other parents.

In most cases, kids take to a handful of fruits with ease, but vegetables of any sort can prove challenging.

I avoided this situation, for the most part, by planting a garden and my children helped with this family project from the beginning.

When my kids were five and three respectively, we started a family garden in the backyard.

Of course, my son couldn’t do that much because he was so young. I’d carry him and let him plant seeds in our little garden area, though. My daughter took care of watering the plants. However, I handled more complicated garden maintenance.

I attempted to let the kids handle most of the work as time went on and sat back in more of a mentoring role.

Two years of gardening: Looking at the results

Gardening helped my kids and I bond together for at least an hour each day.

I was able to teach my children how to grow their own food. At some point, I managed to show them how important vegetables and fruits are for their bodies.

My two children learned how to be patient and wait for their labour to turn into edible foods. Our garden even taught them how to solve (gardening) problems and take a delicate approach to things. Also, the whole endeavor made our family closer than ever.



My advice for other parents

In my opinion, the benefits of gardening with your children speak for themselves.

You shouldn’t jump into this endeavor without some planning, though. It’s important to make everything fun for the children.

Therefore, you should let your children handle most of the work. Feel free to join your kids, but make the garden about them and what they want to do with it. Don’t hesitate to let them pick the fruits or vegetables and be sure to educate them along the way.

Children are just like us,¬†they don’t like failing. As a parent, you should help make sure the garden succeeds. If your children miss on some garden maintenance, then you’ll want to take care of it.

Then again, a failed garden can serve as a valuable lesson to show children that failure doesn’t mean the end of the world. Always give your children a taste of the end product by encouraging them to eat the fruits or vegetables they’ve grown with their own hands!

A family tradition I intend to maintain

Our family has spent over two years with our backyard garden. For now, I don’t plan on stopping this tradition, and I doubt I’ll put an end to the garden.

My children love gardening after school each day and they still love their fruits and vegetables.

The original plan was to maintain a small garden to save money. From there, it turned into a family bonding experience that we cherish. It’s rare that one of us misses our daily time tending to our plots.

I recommend that all parents build a garden with their children because I can’t think of anything that’s more rewarding.

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  • Getting our children interested in gardening is a wonderful thing. Especially now when the earth is struggling to produce enough food to feed the masses. Learning to grow your own produce is an invaluable skill to pass on :)

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  • We have a veggie patch and we find it encourages the kids to try and taste new things.

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  • I will have to start a veggie patch soon. The kids are funny they love a veggie patch so much. Mind you the strawberries always disappear.

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  • Definitely a rewarding project – children can learn so much from gardening and, indeed, nature itself!

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  • Great article.We have only a veggie patch ,so we rotate different veggies all year around.Even the little one noticed our veggies taste much better than the ones from supermarket.

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  • Well i love working in the garden with my grandchildren. Teaching them gardening skills so they can help grow vegetables gives them quality time to get out in the dirt and enjoy the weather. Weve just completed planting our root veges before winter sets in. I always start them off with growing something easy like peas. Once grown we collect the peas and the kids eat them fresh out of the bowl. Now 4. He still does it.

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  • We garden together as a family and I also volunteer at our school veggie patch.

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  • My kids just love watering our garden, they also like to run outside in the morning and pick fresh apples or peaches and strawberries off the bushes fo ther brain food treats while at school.

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  • I plan on doing this with my daughter. Will be starting very soon and she is only 2 but loves to water and pull out weeds with me


    • Kids love their own special little patch in the garden too! They love watching their plants grow! :)

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  • I do this now and then we cook or make something with whatever we have brought inside and the kids will eat up everything they make

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  • Gardening is a wonderful activity for everybody in the family. Growing your own food saves on money too. It is a good activity for health and well being too.

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  • This is great to read this as I’ve just bought seeds an potting mix to start a garden with my kids.. Hope it works this well for me..

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