Family Gardening Helps Supplement Your Family Diet
Spring season is blooming these days and planting a garden is a fun, enriching, lifelong activity you can share with your children. Gardening gives the children and kids an opportunity to explore and understand nature in their own backyard, as well as teaches them the benefits of growing, harvesting and eating healthy foods. Gardening with your child helps your child understand the cycle of life and where their food comes from.
Several research studies have already established that children who are involved in gardening tend to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables. And, contrary to popular belief, you needn’t have a large plot of ground to plant. You may have a strip next to a fence or your front steps that would work great. Even families living in an apartment can have a virtual garden in pots.
To begin with gardening with your family in your own backyard or garden you just need to pay a visit to a local farmer’s market or grocery store and let your kids see different vegetables or fruits they could grow in their own backyard. Get them excited about the possibilities of growing their own food.
Now ask your children to select their own section of the garden or their own pots and what they would like to plant. If you aren’t an experienced gardener, ask a local store employee what grows well in the area and what is easy to plant.
There are many learning and bonding opportunities with your child as you watch the plants grow and change in front of your own eyes. You can make the gardening experience fun and eventful by setting times each week to water and weed the garden and check the progress of your hard work together.
Gardening is a win-win family activity which instills responsibility, grows knowledge, provides entertainment and helps supplement your family’s meals with healthy low-cost produce.
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