If you’re eager to get the kids outdoors enjoying the garden, take a look at our top tips and turn your little ones into the gardeners of tomorrow. Gardening is a great activity, whatever the age of your child. Pick something simple to start with and watch them get hooked as their plants start to grow!
Get stuck in
The Briers Kids Garden Tool Bag is the perfect starter kit for kids. The kit includes a garden tool bag, mini watering can, mini hand rake, trowel and fork – perfect for little hands! There’s plenty of space in the tool bag to store seeds, pens and labels, making it ideal for helping kids get started on growing their own.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
• Grow a Cress Head – Get the kids making a fun cress head using an empty half-cut egg shell, cotton wool and some kitchen towel. Decorate the egg shell with a friendly face, pop a small amount of damp kitchen towel into the bottom of the egg shell, followed by some damp cotton wool. Sprinkle a few cress seeds over the top and within a week, shoots will start to appear. When they’re ready, give them a haircut and enjoy some egg and cress sandwiches!
• Jack and the Giant Beanstalk – Encourage the kids to grow their own giant beanstalk with these ‘magic’ beans. Runner beans are really easy to grow into tall climbing plants. Plus they taste really good too!
• Grow some Crazy Creepers – These Crazy Creeper Nasturtiums allow you to grow leaves and flowers that not only look very pretty, but taste great too! These mixed seeds produce edible flower petals that can be placed into jelly or sprinkled onto salads, helping you to get the kids involved in both gardening and cooking.
• Sunflower competition – See who can grow the tallest sunflower. Plant them side by side and watch them sprout in just a week! After 8 weeks, measure the height of each and declare the winner!
Gardeing is all about experimenting. Put kids in old clothes, relax and let them get muddy!