How does your garden grow?
It’s that time of year – gardens are looking really lovely and despite still needing one layer more than one would want ideally, children are having a terrific time outdoors. So why not give them their own patch to experiment with. Live in a flat? No problem – a window box or a small tub is just as good. Water Cress is the perfect starter and a great way of testing out the Eat What You Produce message.
Maybe you just found you first gardening assistant if you want to go for something more complicated. Accept that they are going to get mucky with soil under the nails, and yes there will be muddy footprints when a speedy toilet dash is called for, but balanced out by the real fun of doing something together…something which is not an instant gratification project.
Don’t forget to choose child-safe gardening tools that belong to your child and are stored next to yours.
There are so many reasons to encourage children to grow plants or make mini herb gardens. Studies are showing that too many children are in real danger of not making that connection between nature and eating healthily. Researchers say that disconnect has profound effects and longterm ramifications.
Gardening also feels like a great ‘dads and kids’ activity – something special to do at the weekend come rain or shine…imagine experiencing the sensation of squidgy muddy soil squeezed between fingers for the first time.
You’ll know that the Riverside Cares gang are big fans of photography – think about making a project taking snaps of weekly growth and Instagram us with the hashtag #riversidecares or tweet to us @riversidecares