Gardens Are Good For Families
Nurture your child's appreciation for healthy, fresh-picked foods by getting their hands in the dirt. Short on outdoor space? Don't fret -- a garden need not be large to nurture a child's interest in gardening and the environment.
Gardening is fun and good for kidsPlaying in the dirt may be what first attracts children to gardening, but the process itself can hold their interest, says Evelyn Neier, Kansas Junior Master Gardener coordinator.
"Children typically like to eat vegetables they grow and are proud to offer them to others. Being able to come to the table and say 'I grew that lettuce' can be a real boost to a child's self esteem," said Neier, who also is a Kansas State University Research and Extension 4-H youth development specialist.
Benefits of gardeningA backyard vegetable garden makes it easy to incorporate fresh vegetables into healthy meals and snacks, says Neier, who identified still more benefits from gardening as a family:
Start with a small garden in the backyard or even a garden planter in the house to nurture your child's interest in getting in the dirt and to bring your family the many benefits growing a garden can provide.