creating-a-childs-garden1Many valuable lessons on life are learned in the garden. For one, it provides an object lesson on how being faithful in work can lead to glorious rewards, not only from the fruits of the harvest, but joy in the work itself. Most avid gardeners caught the love for growing things from a parent, grandparent or neighbor who allowed them the experience of getting their hands in the garden when they were young. In doing so, they gained enthusiasm for gardening while watching what their mentors and the dirt produced.

Herbs are a great introduction to gardening for young kids because they are such durable and tactile plants and as a bonus, they are stimulating to the senses. Herbs appeal to the sense of taste with their edible leaves and flowers, the sense of touch with the varied textures of their foliage, and the sense of smell with their wide variety of potent fragrances, from the citrus sweetness of Lemon Verbena, to the cool freshness of Mint. Most herbs are drought tolerant, thrive in poor soil, and don’t require fertilizers or chemicals to keep the pests away.

Allot your favorite little person a corner of your garden or a small space all their own. One yard by one yard is just right for a young child; you can always expand as they prove their faithfulness in caring for it. Choose a site that has well drained soil and receives at least six hour of sunlight.

It is important to incorporate stepping stones or pathways in their garden so they can enjoy it even if the ground is wet. With a garden path they can invite their little friends to come in without worry that their precious plants might get trampled. Create garden pathways with gravel, thick mulch, bark chips, paving stones, flat rocks, bricks, or even mowed grass.