There is no better way to introduce green living to your children than gardening. Gardening can foster many special family memories, and instill a deep appreciation for the environment. Caring for a garden will not only provide fresh food, but will provide exercise and a wealth of new information that will stay with your children for years to come.
Here are just a few great gardening activities for you and your kids to enjoy:
- You can plant an herb garden. Great for windowsill boxes or in the winter time, can be done inside. Herbs such as rosemary, basil, dill, cilantro and thyme can be enjoyed all season long and educate kids on using natural herbs to flavor their foods – a healthier way of eating. Because herbs are easy to grow, this is a great starter project if you have never grown any plants before. All you need are some potting containers, soil mix, fertilizer, and herb seeds or plants.
- Creating an indoor air garden with household plants is a great way to solve indoor air pollution. Studies have shown that household plants help to purify the air quality inside your home. Especially during the winter months when your home is closed up, specific household plants help to remove air pollutants and clean the air. Not only is this activity a great educational tool about going green, but it provides a beautiful addition to your home. Your kids can have tons of fun with this activity. Plants such as Elephant Ear Philodendron, English Ivy, Spider Plant, and Snake Plant are just a few of the recommended plants. You kids will have a ton of fun choosing the plants, planting them in containers and then placing them around your home. Make it an adventure by building an indoor air garden!
- How about doing some garbage can gardening? This is such a fun activity, you will want to do this one year round. Garbage can gardening is utilizing things that you normally would throw away or put in the compost bucket, to grow plants from. This is an excellent way to teach your kids about sustainable living, recycling, and composting. Find some vegetables and fruits in your kitchen (oranges, lemons, avocados, carrots are best to use), and remove the seeds. For smaller seeds, plant them in a 4 inch pot, and watch them grow in two to four weeks. For larger seeds, let them dry a day or two before planting.
Do you garden with your kids at all? Have you tried any of the ideas listed above? Tell me about it!
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