The best thing a garden can do for a child is teach. It is great for unschooling. When I began gardening I always planned to keep the kids as involved as possible. Zoe has always loved seeds, whether that be looking at the different shapes and sizes, or actually planting them. During the summers, she is always pulling dead zinnia flowers and spreading the seeds across the dirt.
I try to take her with me as much as possible when I mess around outside. Always inquisitive of the different things she finds. Ants, bugs, the moon, and the different things growing. She loves dandelions, picking them and presenting her beautiful bouquet to mom. She’ll help me pull weeds occasionally.
A few weeks ago, it was time to start the cucumbers and zucchini. Zoe was right there the entire step of the way; filling the pots with dirt, and planting the seeds, not to mention sprinkling with some water. She doesn’t really know about specific planting depth, all she knows is that the seeds get covered with dirt and then watered. It was her that got the seeds planted this year.
Though she likes to watch tv and play inside, I feel she likes it outside much more. During the long winter months all we hear is her begging to go outside and play.
After a few short weeks the cukes are up and reaching for the sky. When Zoe is in the garden, there is no limit on the things she can learn.