The Importance of Teaching Children to Garden
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The Importance of Teaching Children to Garden

by guest writer Matt Hagens

March 5, 2019

Teaching Children to Garden
Across America, gardening has taken center stage as the number one hobby for young and old alike. Edible cultivation is the first choice for most families followed by the joy of planting flowers and other landscape fauna.

Children especially find agriculture rewarding. There are very few activities that give real-life rewards. However, planting vegetables, fruit trees, berries, and flowers bestow a thrilling bounty. Gardening is also a wonderful way to spend quality time with a child and create sweet memories that can be looked back on one day with pleasure.

Here are the top five reasons why teaching children the art of gardening is an essential life step:

1. Builds a Bond:
Gardening forms a deep bond between adults and children. The relationship with each other strengthens because of working together to create a thriving masterpiece of plant life. Adult horticulture newbies have the advantage of learning the hobby together with a child. As a team, the adult and child discover dedication, the learning process, and the thrill of a reward for a job well done. An experienced gardener can share their knowledge and ability with a future generation by passing along their vast garden-know-how. The agricultural process ensures that a child and adult spend quality time together

2. Imagination and Creation:
With gardening, a child learns that they are a part of a much larger worldly thing. The process of horticulture is much like parenting. A child plants a seed then tends the emerging seedling, and when mature the plant bestows either edibles or the beauty of adulthood. The sheer act of gardening is empowering. It spurs a child's creativity and imagination. A youngster becomes responsible for the complete care of another life form, and this means protecting the delicate plant from plant-eating pests and supplying the essentials of life such as water and nutrients. Agriculture truly empowers a youngster and fuels a sense of responsibility.

3. Education:
Children who garden gain a lifelong education about horticulture that they will never forget. The very foundations of life play out through a plant's growth cycle; watching the seed germinate, the seedling appears through the soil, and starts to grow. The entire process gives a child the opportunity to learn problem-solving to keep the delicate fauna alive and flourishing. The importance of budgeting and supplies also becomes an essential aspect of the gardening process. A child and adult must make decisions together on fundamental necessities such as nutrients and pest control items. All these things spur a child's intellectual development.

4. Responsibility:
An adolescent becomes responsible for another life the minute that they plant a small seed or seedling. That lifeform depends on them to supply water, nutrients, and protection from pest-eating invaders. The youth must offer all the essentials to guarantee their plant's survival. If a kid forgets to water the plant, it will visibly wilt so the child sees and learns the effects of shirking responsibility. If the plant's care continues to be ignored, then the poor plant perishes. The process all shows cause and effect. The child learns that one small ripple becomes much larger waves with an ultimate consequence. Undoubtedly, gardening is an excellent way to teach responsibility to children.

5. Budgeting:
A garden can also teach budgeting. When first starting a garden, the adult should have the youngster follow a budget. Only a certain amount of allotted money goes towards the purchase of soil, pots, seeds, seedlings, nutrients, garden tools, gloves, pest prevention, and labels. A youngster must learn to stay within the budget. After planting the garden, a parent should supply only so much money towards pest preventatives and nutrients. Children quickly learn how to prioritize necessities over frivolous purchases and the importance of creating a shopping list to remember necessary items.

Gardening gets a child out of the house, away from video games, working in the warm sunshine, and learning a sustainable activity. Humanity has gardened for thousands of years for joy and necessity. Planting, growing, and harvesting is not only fun, but it is also teaching a child the crucial life skill of survival by learning to develop their foods and plant life. Early humankind did not have the convenience of going to the local grocery store to garner food. Instead, they had to grow and harvest all their bountiful produce to survive the long winters.

Undeniably, gardening is one of the greatest joys of life for any age or generation. Family relationships deepen by sharing the activity, and a child learns about the many seasons and cycles of life. The memories created while gardening will last a lifetime.

Author Bio: Matt Hagens lives in Coopersburg, PA with his wife and 3 girls. He is very passionate about lawn and garden care. He owns the website Yard Care Life.