|Where did that worm go?|
|I claim this patch as my own|
It doesn't have to be a square patch in the garden, it could be a pot, a tub, a window box - anything that is easy for the little one to tend to!
We've found that a pot or tub is best, it's raised up so we don't have to sit in our garden patch!
2. Lead by example
|Mummy & baby 'mow' up|
|Before the ban we were learning about|
watering the plants
3. Use appropriate tools
There's a huge array of children's gardening tools available, please choose ones that are age appropriate. Dangerbaby wants to use a hoe, but wields it like a javelin... so we swap it for a plastic rake whenever we can!
|This one goes here...|
She has her own little trowel and fork, but has been known to favour a spoon from the garden.
4. Organic gardening is best
(here are some of my photos of creatures in my garden)
Try to avoid using chemicals in your gardening. Weedkiller, bug spray and other garden treatments are poisonous and usually packaged in bright coloured plastics. Irresistible to young inquisitive minds!
Organic gardening will also encourage creepy crawlies, butterflies and other wildlife into your garden. Another way to teach the little ones about nature!
5. Above all have fun, your little one will learn to enjoy gardening tasks if they're fun!
|I found the bulb, I ...|
oh plant the bulb. Oh.
|Brrrrmmmm come on Mummy don't stop!|
Just be prepared to not have a neat & tidy garden for a while!
Fun with a toddler is messy and if you garden with a toddler - it's all about being messy. I advise old clothes that you don't mind being covered in mud.