Friday, May 18, 2012
Beyond starting their own little garden or container garden, finding tasks they can do in your garden is a rewarding endeavor.
1. Water. Give them a small watering can, steer them away from plants that must be watered from underneath, and let them go.
2. Weed. Be careful with this one, but teach them to identify just one kind of weed, maybe dandelions, and have them "pull" those. Yes, they're likely to break it off above the root, but they're going to feel very gratified.
3. Compost. They're great at putting the compostables into the composter, love to mix it up, and if you have a tumbling composter, they'll be even better helpers.
4. Filling containers with potting soil. Can you say transfer dirt? Well, your toddler just might love doing this while you worry about what you're going to plant.
5. Inspect. Do you need someone to lift the leaves on your strawberry bush to find all the ripe berries? That's a toddler kind of job.
6. Talk. Studies have shown that for some reason, plants respond to being talked to. I know Mythbusters did something with this, but I don't really remember the results. Either way, toddlers like to talk, and plants apparently make good listeners. If nothing else, building better bonds between your child and your plants can only be a good thing.
Good luck in your garden!
From the mind of Slee at 9:30 AM
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