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It’s never too early to teach your kids how to garden! From learning the outdoors to developing patience, horticulture can benefit everyone regardless of age. However, it can be difficult to decide what your little gardener is capable of. We’ve put together a list to help you get your whole family involved, just in time for the colder months to get out of hand.
1. Decorate flower pots
A good place to start is with potted plants. One advantage of this activity is that it works all year round – even if it’s too cold to be outside in the garden. Let them express their creative side with some acrylic paint on some clay pots. The acrylic will last a long time and will last in inclement weather if you want to leave it outside. With the holidays ahead, encourage them to get festive with their designs and colors!
2. Grow light fall vegetables
Do your children know where the food they eat comes from? Take advantage of these last few months of warm weather to show them how their favorite vegetables are grown. Fall plants like arugula, spinach, and kale can grow from a seed in a month! Your child will be able to see the food come to the plate for themselves and they will be very proud that their hard work helped them get there.
3. Plant future spring blooms
Ready to teach your little one about patience? Right now is the best time to plant spring perennials. Give your future flowers enough time to take root in sufficiently warm soil before it gets too cold. We recommend tulips and hyacinths as they actually need cold weather to bloom later! Just don’t forget to help them along with some Onion-specific fertilizer. Your child will soon understand how hard work and patience pay off when your garden turns into a flower wonderland in spring.
4. Carve pumpkins
It doesn’t feel like fall until you break out the pumpkins! But instead of cutting them out as porch decorations, try adding a horticultural touch this year. You can actually hollow them out and use them as biodegradable flower pots! This is a great time to teach your kids ingenuity and composting. When you are done with them, toss them into your fertilizer mix for your soil.
5. Let them decide
Gardening can be a very creative and personal hobby. So give your child the freedom to explore and decide what the garden should look like. Teach them the types of flowers and vegetables that can grow during certain times of the year, but let them have the final say. Having a second opinion can also be helpful if you have your own habits. You’d be surprised to see how it turns out!
The only thing that can improve your gardening hobby is getting your loved ones involved – no matter how young they are. And it’s never too late in the season to jump in and help! All you need is some patience and Quality products to help you along the way. Even in the middle of winter there are plenty of houseplants to learn from in the meantime. Before you know it, they’ll be counting down the days until they can get outside and start gardening as soon as spring comes!