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Gardening with children


by Pippa Greenwood

Recently I've been volunteering at my children's school, helping to teach youngsters how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.


Cloves of garlic in handGrowing to eat is one of the greatest of gardening pleasures. It sort of fulfills a fundamental need. Even better is growing vegetables with children. Recently I've been volunteering at my children's school, helping to teach youngsters how to grow their own fruit and vegetables.

I'm used to my two enthusing about gardening, but teaching beginners is exciting in a different way. The look of fascination and wonder on their faces is something else. When I explained that the single clove of garlic in my hand would one day grow into a whole bulb of garlic they were dumbstruck! And we're all very excited about harvesting lots of potatoes from the single seed potato we planted.

For so many kids you can see a whole new story start to unravel, and the great thing is that, as one of the story-tellers, I too am gripped. Over the remainder of the term I've a whole host of great easy-to-grow crops for them to plant, which are sure not to fail. It's great and the kids are fantastic. When I see their fascinated faces, knowing how happy they'll be when they see what they've achieved, I just wish that more adults would get children gardening, growing their own edibles and some pretties too. There's not a lot to lose and an awful lot to gain.



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Gardeners' World Web User 21/05/2009 at 18:09

At the age of five i was launched on my love of gardening by a teacher who taught us to grow cress on the windowsill in the classroom. I could not wait to get into school each morning to see how it had grown. The icing on the cake was when she brought a loaf of bread and some butter into the classroom and we made and ate our own sandwiches. I can still recall that wonderful feeling 75 years later.

Gardeners' World Web User 21/05/2009 at 18:09

My garden is a popular playground for a lot of the local kids who play with my wee girl. Last summer a lot of them tried peas straight from the pod for the very first time, and seeing their reaction was fantastic! Took me back to my own childhood popping next door to see my neighbour and coming back with peas, or a lettuce or cauliflower for tea.

Gardeners' World Web User 22/05/2009 at 10:38

My Brother as an allotment in London and without fail he is over there with all is children and Grandchildren one is 2 and the other 5, he gives them there own patch and lets them plant there own seeds, I also have an allotment and my 9 year old Grandson also as is own piece off allotment. jackie

Gardeners' World Web User 22/05/2009 at 12:29

What an opportunity, Gardeners' World! How about a section on veg/flower growing in your magazine dedicated to children - at their level - written by Pippa etc -invite children to send in their achievements - that's the way to get them and their families involved.

Gardeners' World Web User 22/05/2009 at 17:29

I absolutely love gardening and growing my own and getting the whole family involved, if i had my way i would turn the entire garden into a vegetable patch!!! I agree with Granny Gardener that there should be a special area of the website and magazine just about growing your own fruit and veg!!

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