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Gardening with lovely pottery and wonderful children make a richly rewarding and fun experience.  The bonding between generations is so educational and loving!  The older generation can pass along all their gardening experiences and knowledge.  That bonding time is vital to a young persons growth.  All kids love to play in the dirt and with flower pots that they can fill up!

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Take them to a nursery or garden center where they can walk around and look at all the plants, containers, and accessories.  They them help to decide on what to plant and what to plant it in. It's the process that matters not the choices!

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If your Grand kids aren't use to potting up a garden, don't be surprised.  You just need to expose them to all the wonderful things that are involved in this process and they will respond.  Most kids have internet experience so get them involved in looking for planters & plants on line.  Let them pick items based on colors and have them touch the plants so they can choose based on feel.
 
For the children who don't mind bugs, be sure and talk about the bugs who are beneficial like butterflies, ladybugs, and bees.  Tell them about the ones that are harmful like aphids and worms.  Some kids like bugs but other not so much so be sensitive to their personal issues.

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If you really want to make the process extra special, spring for a small statue or gnome.  How about wind chimes and
potted garden stakes.  There are also small kids sized tools that are precious and come with a tote to haul them with.
 
Plan ahead, select some of the items mentioned above and have fun!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/20/2016 5:29:32 PM 

Grand Kids in the Garden




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Gardening with children especially grand-children can be a wonderful and rich bonding experience.  The older ones can pass along their wisdom and gardening knowledge and the younger ones can have fun playing in the dirt, learning new things and hanging out with their favorite grandparents.
 
We have all read the studies that say being outdoors for young and old can be healthy.  You get the added Vitamin D from the sun, and you can reduce stress and anxiety by just getting away from the TV and computers.

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And, don’t forget to leave the cell phone on the charger indoors.  This is not the time to be interrupted.

Plan on making this time spent with your grandchildren fun and not a chore that they won't like.  Playing in dirt with pottery & tools is suppose to be fun not laboring.
Having a child start with seeds or seedling by planting it themselves, then watching it grow into something that is beautiful they can look at, or yummy that they can eat will teach confidence and skills of accomplishments.

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The best place to start is at the beginning when deciding what to grow and plant.  If they are involved in the planning stage they will be more likely to stick with the process through harvesting.

Let them have their own plants or veggies and make them responsible for them.  A good place to go is online or to a book store.  Even Home Depot can be a learning process and a lot of fun.  Let them select small size garden pots so their hands can hold them.  Work with simple pot designs that they can paint or decorate.
 
Teach them about:

Different soil, diseases that can happen, bugs that are beneficial and get them their own kid sized garden tools, gloves, buckets, and planter pots.  Plant herbs, flowers, veggies and fruits.  There are many species that are easy for your particular area and those are best ones to start with.  Ask for advise from the local nursery if unsure.

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Now is the time to nurture them, teach them and have fun with them.  You may not get a second chance!
 
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Post Last Updated: 12/28/2016 3:35:17 PM 



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