Posted: 10/05/2013 at 22:25
My boys (nearly 4 and 2) love helping in the garden and when I ask if they want to help sow seeds etc they race each other to be first. My eldest recognises foxgloves (among other plants) and when I asked him what else he knows about foxgloves he replied that if he touches them he needs to wash his hands right away because they are poisonous. One of their favourite places is Ryton Organic Gardens and my eldest is very excited about going to Malvern tomorrow. I guess they need to learn enthusiasm for gardening, and be given the chance to get positively involved. Kids are full of enthusiasm for life at this age, and everything is new and interesting, with no prejudices etc. My son's preschool/school is also growing veg etc with the support of Garden Organic.
So many times (as was my husband's experience) parents allot small spaces for kids to grow things but give them the worst spot where they are doomed to failure. My husband was given a spot in deep shade and poor soil, which he might have been able to do something with, but not without guidance. He was disheartened from the beginning. But we're working on it now