Going Green - What You Can Do

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Make Gardening Exciting For Youngsters

The whole family is going to benefit when you choose to get your kids participating in gardening.
Studies show that children are not getting a sufficient amount of physical activity and are instead
choosing to do things like playing with toys and video games, watching television, and wasting
time on the computer. Trying to get your kids to do extra physical activity is possible with
gardening but there is a proper way to do it.

Helping children to grow their own fruit and vegetables is very easy to do and can provide healthy
and nutritious food which can help towards a delicious balanced diet. The health benefits of food
not having pesticides is an extremely valuable lesson and growing organic food can help a child
realize this lesson. Food which is grown in your vegetable or fruit garden is an important way the
family can start taking part in something that is both fun and healthy.

Carrots, beans, and other popular vegetables are generally grown from seed easily and there are
varieties which are often purchased from different nurseries or garden centers. Vegetables and
fruit can be cultivated in the soil or in pots. One way to get kids involved is by assigning them one
or two pots to watch over and take care of in the garden. Growing fruit is something youngsters
definitely love to do. Strawberries, tomatoes, and other fruits are good to grow in summer and
produce succulent food for snacks or lunches. By finding out how to garden, children's senses are
increased and they are introduced to textures, tastes, and smells.

Children don't just have to grow just fruit and vegetables, they might also grow flowers. Children
can start learning the right way to follow instructions in addition to how gardening works when you
want to grow from seed. A great example of how a child might take part in growing is monitoring
the progress of a sunflower. It comes with a challenge and even a competition to discover who can
grow the tallest flower whilst also helping with measuring skills. After the flowers have totally
blossomed, they can certainly help and experience a sense of accomplishment when cutting the

Children are opened to several opportunities when gardening. They can become a member of a
gardening club at school or in the nearest community thereby increasing their social skills. If it
does not exist, they might launch one at their school or by getting some people as a group in the
community. Several local locations have gardening initiatives and these can provide a great
opportunity for children to become involved in their own community. They will be getting plenty of
fresh air and activity which is an added advantage for taking part in this. Science, nature, and
insects are just a few of the issues they will learn about when they're gardening. Plus, they will
understand how the turning seasons and the weather can affect things that grow.

Beyond the education that your child can receive from gardening, it also enables them to broaden
their experiences, meet new people, and most of all have fun.

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