6 reasons to garden with your kids

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boy with garden hose

credit: Monica R

1. A garden encourages you to spend time together outside

Plant a garden this summer – if not for yourself, then for your children. There are many ways in which children can pitch in and get excited about growing plants. Whether you dig up the ground, build a raised bed, or fill containers, the act of caring for plants outdoors is wonderfully formative for children. Here are a few reasons why it’s a good idea to garden with kids.

Tending a garden is an excellent reason to get out of the house. It requires little but regular care, usually just a few minutes of weeding and watering each day, which is perfect for a small child’s limited attention span. Most kids will jump at the prospect of being told to dig in the dirt, pick weeds, plant bulbs, and soak the earth with a hose.