You will know that with a little effort you can make your own garden at home. In most cities there are options for urban orchards, and if you have a balcony, a house with a garden or a patio on the site you can set it up. If you also count on the fate of a land, then the harvest can be given to you to feed your whole family.
We will tell you all the advantages that it has to share with your children the garden as a space for growth. Not only will they have a learning of plants, food, but you will instill them responsibility and patience. Beyond that there is nothing richer than what is grown at home, fresh and healthy vegetables.
Some useful accessories for starting the orchard
We start from the idea that you are going to make an urban garden, with which to teach values to the little ones. Some accessories on the market that will be easy to get are:
Miniature set of orchards. They generally include what children need to plant a small space. Those we know usually come with a tray with 10, 20 or 30 biodegradable pots, a bag of substrate, labels, seed varieties, usually: spinach, cherry tomato, lettuce, arugula. They also have a notebook to point out progress, and an illustrated book explaining how to plant an orchard. This type of set is ideal for children from the age of 7 years.
Gardening tools hoe, rake, watering can and shovels of different shapes. These tools can come in a bag, on a wheelbarrow, in the same shower. From the age of 3 or 4 years they can already make use of them. It is recommended for children over 3 years. They are very durable, but at the same time lightweight materials.
With these basic elements, as at the same time can be a garden box, or table at the height of the child, and following some tips, you can start growing at home.
Children and orchards, some of the benefits
Some of the benefits you have and maintain a garden with your children we have already appointed you, such as patience or responsibility. But we want to include that you will practice teamwork, perseverance and effort. In addition, the vegetables will be within reach for the whole family to taste and learn to eat healthy.
It is possible that throughout the life of the garden you have to cope with pests, aphids, snails, problems with irrigation and other obstacles. It is time to practice ingenuity, consult and prepare among all the best strategy.
In addition, children will come into contact with nature, even if it is in a controlled manner. They will touch the earth, they may have feelings that the supermarket does not give. The vegetable garden will also be a place to experiment and recycle. You’ll be teaching your children how important it is to take care of the environment.
What to grow in the garden and how to do it
One tip we dare to give you is that you grow in your garden those typical products of the area. So you will also be giving a value to conserve the native seeds. But this does not mean that you can not buy seeds from other places and plant beans, beans, peas, pumpkins, potatoes, and any vegetable you can think of. It is important to include among these crops aromatic plants, medicinal herbs and even flowers that will help pollination.
On the internet and in bookstores and libraries there is a lot of teaching material, explained for children, in the oque they tell you at what time to plant, what kind of irrigation you can put, the most suitable season, complementary plants among them and other issues.
We found it very interesting an initiative of the Junta de Andalucía for intergenerational orchards. Being old does not automatically mean knowing the field, but you can take advantage of this idea to ask the elders of the family and even grandparents to share time with grandchildren.