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How to Do Great Gardening with Kids

Lockdown is still upon us and we could be here for a while yet. So, if you are looking for ways to get the kids inspired enough to spend time outdoors even in the winter, and for home schooling ideas, read on for our top tips on how to do gardening with kids.

Winter may still be in full swing, but fear not outdoor lovers, and parents desperate to get your kids enjoying a change of scenery and some fresh air. Here we have a selection of ideas to help you make gardening fun for kids.

Grow your own

What could possibly be more rewarding than growing your own food? Whether it’s fruit, veg or herbs, there’s something special about nurturing a plant and watching it grow into something you can actually make a meal out of. 

Why not allocate your youngster their own mini allotment in the garden, and give them full responsibility for tending it? Planting, watering and feeding will become a daily passion, encouraging them outside to see how their efforts are transforming into what they’d previously only ever seen on supermarket shelves. Very educational, and inspirational!

Create a wildlife haven

There’s nothing that sparks interest more than observing wildlife right on your doorstep. Whether it’s birds, hedgehogs, foxes, badgers or a tiny field mouse, the excitement of seeing something moving about in your garden is unbeatable, especially for children.

So, make a start on attracting that wildlife into your outdoor space, and get the kids involved. Bird feeders are a good first base, but planting to attract birds is a great long game. Anything that bears berries or fruits is a cert, so go for holly, honeysuckle, rowan, cherry, pyracantha and crab apples. Other popular plants for birds include teasel, thistle and sunflowers.

While you’re at it, why not build a bird box, a hedgehog house or a bug hotel? All relatively easy to make or put together from kit form, and a fabulous practical project for kids. Get into the habit of putting suitable food and water out to attract wildlife, and sit back and watch it come.

Invest in a trail camera so you and the children can experience the excitement of viewing the footage of the night before over breakfast.

Encourage the artistic streak

Spotted an artistic streak in your offspring? Why not let them loose on their own little patch of garden? You could give them a wall or a fence to paint with their own creative mural, or perhaps provide them with a bag of pebbles and some waterproof colouring pens ready for them to design their own collection of artistically adorned stones to craft their own mini rockery.

This is a great way to encourage competition amongst siblings, and to nurture creative talent too.

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If you’re ready to extend your home outdoors into your garden to help inspire the kids, and you could use a little help in getting it in ship shape condition, talk to D&G Garden World, where our mission is to make your garden vision become a reality.