It is not easy for parents to get young children to take up gardening. Most of the time, some excuse or the other is arrived at as not to allow themselves to get dirty or sodden. But it has been found that there are advantages to starting a garden patch or a small garden in the backyard. We shall look to see what goes as far as a garden patch is concerned towards the development of the children’s habits.
A simple garden patch is more than just a simple collection of plants or vegetables. The more complex operations can be seen to be having vermicompost pits and even a number of recycling programs to boot. For the young children, there cannot be a greater pleasure than to see the plants grow as they are tended to every day and for the family as a whole, it is never a bad sight to have some home grown veggies on the table during the meal.
One of the facts of modern living and children is the amount of time the young ones spend in front of the TV screens and the computer. A garden patch brings to life features that cannot be done with simple screens. It is a good excuse to spend more time in the outdoors than ever before.
Gardening can boost the observation times of the children most of the time. It tends to boost the immunity of the toddlers most of the time too. On the whole, it is a healthy effect on the young ones to be taking to gardening.
Gardening is but a good chance to exercise out in the open. The sun and wind are things that are not allowed into most of the interiors of the houses and homes. People should welcome the chances of taking to gardening as a hobby as well as a necessity. For this purpose, the garden does not have to be large and big. Just a few pots kept on the terrace of the home would do most of the time.
Starting a garden patch should be the first step towards attaining responsibility among the children. Watering and weeding the plants only stress the need to be responsible to another and in turn to each other as well. Children who have responsible parents tend to be introduced to responsible ways early on in the young lives. If there are more than a single child, it would be best to allocate some part of the garden to each one of the little ones and to have an overseership. This is also a good time to make people understand the virtues of teamwork and team spirit.
There can be no denying that a garden patch is a good start to a young and impressionable mind. At the same time, every effort should be taken to see that the full benefits to the garden patch are made use of daily to bring direct benefit to the participants. It helps too to have something from the garden to garnish the table from time to time as well.