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During spring break, there's nothing like introducing your children to gardening by making them aware of their natural environment and their diet.
When there is nothing interesting on TV, invite your children to discover the mysteries of nature by growing some easy vegetables!
Teach them to be patient and curious while being interested in biodiversity!
Nature, a living book
A vegetable garden is not just a place of vegetable production, it is also a fascinating laboratory of experiments: plant growth from sowing to harvest, role of seasons, observation of flora and fauna, weather influence…
Your children will discover theimportance of biodiversity (ladybug, hedgehog, bird, slug ...) and the respect for values : curiosity, patience, autonomy, tenacity.
Finally, observing nature will make them want to learn more about and protect their environment and may give them a professional vocation.
A passion for gardening to pass on
To get the children to join the project, be a good facilitator. Create with them a plan of the future mini-garden. On a graph paper, draw the location of each vegetable that they will color. Raise the sowing and harvest dates on the seed packets.
Start the first year small with five vegetables (radish, Cherry tomatoes, carrots, etc). Then multiply them by two the next year or add five flowers (cosmos, carnation and Indian rose, lunar, violet, snapdragon).
To make it fun, give them robust and suitable tools. The starting set will include a small watering can with its apple, a mini spade, a hoe and a dibble. It can expand as and when needed. As children learn from you, teach them how to handle tools and clean them after use. But give them some autonomy.
If you don't have much room, build a wooden square the size of a sandbox that you fill with potting soil, where they can plant flowers and mini vegetables.
Calendar of easy to grow vegetables
Radish April to Sept. May to Oct.
Lettuce mid-April to Sept. mid-May to Oct.
Beans March to June May to Oct.
Tomatoes April to May July to Sept.
Peas April to May June to July
Carrots March to July May to Nov.
Potatoes April to May June to July
Pumpkins April to June Sept. to Oct.
Onions March to May July to August
But April to May August to Sept.
Pierrick The Gardener
Visual: Leroy Merlin vegetable garden