• Give your child some space; literally! Kids loving having spaces that are all their own, whether it`s their own desk area in the house, or the tent they`ve created with chairs and blankets in the family room.
The same is true for gardening. Dedicate a small plot of the garden just for them.
Put a fancy border around it, perhaps purchase one of the stepping stone making kits found
at crafts stores in which they can mold their name and make their handprint.
• Let them join you at the nursery. Let your kids know you value
their opinion. Ask them which kinds of plants, flowers, and vegetables they like.
Explain what will work well in your garden and what won`t.
•Give them (limited) choices. While you`re at the nursery,
ask them if they`d like pansies or petunias, marigolds or zinnias. This will give them the feeling
of power without letting it get out of control.
• Remind them money doesn`t grow on trees.
With older children discuss the budget. Let them help select seeds and blossoming plants at the nursery
- and turn it into a math lesson. Let your child do the money calculations; they can tell you when
the money runs out.
• Let your child do what he will (especially if you have
a preschooler). Let him dig, explore, play with bugs. You may be tempted to steer your child in
another direction (like actually watering or weeding his garden), but this is a great way for your
child to explore this exciting new universe.
• Plan, plan, plan. If you have older children,
say 8 or 9 or older, let them plot out their own garden on paper. Provide him or her with graph
paper, pencils and seed catalogs. Give them a group of flowers and vegetables from which
to choose, and then let them draw out their garden.
• Get them their own gardening tools. Nothing
will motivate your little gardener more than having her own little shovel, her own gardening gloves,
and her own watering pail. And don`t forget those bright colored rubber boots.