Gardening, for me, has developed into a big hobby over the last 5 years or so. Once you get the bug for it, it can become so therapeutic, fun, can capture your imagination and allow you to start designing. I am a novice and definitely still have a lot to learn, but that should not stop anybody from starting up, even if you only have a few pots.
Gardening when a baby comes along can be a tricky hobby to keep up and can suddenly develop into another chore that you need to fit into your day. It may not take too much persuasion to get a one-year-old to help you, but you will find it will take a lot of cleaning up afterwards as they discover the joys of moving mud from one place to another!!
I am now at the point (thank goodness) where I can try and get Jake much more involved, allowing me to return to my garden and get it back to being tip top. I have encouraged him to help with choosing plants in the shop with me, coming home and potting them up and then watering them. We also have a little strawberry growing pot on our window sill for him to water – I am hoping they will start to grow soon so he can really start to see the fruits (I’m sorry, I had to!) of his labour. You see, even if you don’t have a garden you can still get them involved.
Here’s why it is so important in my view:
- They start to learn how to look after something
- They are getting outdoors, fresh air and away from the TV
- They can learn about wildlife and bugs – through your teaching
- They will learn the importance of the roles of the bugs, for example, the bees which we so desperately need to save
- It will help with their motor skills
- It may develop a new passion
- They can take pride in what they help to grow
- It can become a fun activity that can involve the whole family
- You may find a passion for growing your own veg, leading to healthier eating
- It may lead to a brighter future for the world if the next generations are taught the importance of looking after our planet and the environment
Make a plan, choose some flowers and plants and get out there gardening together.
Have fun guys!
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