26 Feb Miniatures with Kids
On the subject of growing a successful crop of future gardeners, let me pass on a few helpful hints.
Children love things that are a miniature of our full sized “stuff”. Remember that doctor’s kit you played with? Remember the set of play pots and pans and dishes? I know I am not the only one who had hours of entertainment with them. Do it for them (and with them) in miniature. For instance, plan a small plot for them in your garden where they can plant, weed and harvest.
With a European flair, they can learn the skills of cooking from a kitchen herb garden, right outside the kitchen door or in a bright kitchen window. Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary and Mint are just a few of the possibilities. And as they’re helping you make soup or stew or pizza sauce, they can snip to their heart’s content and add it to “the pot”.
Make flower growing an outing. Go to a nursery or store, and walk the rows and rows of beautiful flowers with them. Let them pick out their choice of colors, teaching as you go: annuals, perennials, water needs, sun/partial sun, etc.
Some good flower choices for kids to grow include Marigolds because of their bold color, reasonable cost and long blooming season. Pansy’s have a cute face and a sweet scent. Or how about bulbs in the Fall? Imagine their excitement when they’ve forgotten about planting them, and daffodils and tulips greet them in the Spring?
It’s a small world, after all!