After a cold winter, your garden is probably in need of some ‘pampering’ and some tender, love and care.
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If you have kids around, sometimes it can be challenging to get time alone to really get into it since it is so easy to spend a couple of hours tendering each section of your garden.
How about getting your kids involved in the garden too? Kids don’t mind getting their hands a little dirty, and most kids love to help out and be given their own responsibilities because it makes them feel ‘grown up’ – and there is certainly nothing wrong with that! To avoid a gardening disaster, you could pick a small patch in your garden that can be their little projects; give them a weed fork and a hand trowel, and let them wreak havoc in that little space or let them choose a selection of plant seeds they can plant on their own.
Another great activity you can do when gardening with your kids is to teach them new things about plants, and even bugs. You’ll be very surprised as to what your children find interesting. When you’re out in the garden, you can talk them through each of the plants, why you chose them, what they do, and if they have any unique traits. Kids find learning fascinating – they will often want to draw pictures and write their newfound knowledge on paper. You could also get them a plant log where they can draw and doodle whilst you are gardening.
After spending a few hours gardening, you can move on and try a few things to keep them entertained – such as taking them to the gardening center. Let them to pick their own seeds, flowers or vegetables to plant. You could spend hours walking around, letting them see and feel all the different types of plants before you decide which ones to take home.
If you are an avid gardener, why not make this a fortnightly or monthly tradition and allow them to pick one new plant each time you go until their little plot is full? You can give them a quick lesson by teaching them how to do the basics of nurturing plants and flowers: to water them, keep them healthy and alive. This is a great way to educate them to be responsible and look after their own belongings.
You should get them involved in local community projects too. Once your kids start to show interest in gardening, take them along to a local community garden project and they can help planting and de-weeding. It’ll help them learn new skills, get some fresh air and make new friends, too.
Gardening is a great activity to get your kids involved, it is even better if you start to get them involved at a young age so that they start practicing their motor skills. To start off, you need are some appropriate gardening outfits to get started, and make sure they get a good wipe down / clean up after.
Gardening can be a very therapeutic activity, and really good for people of all ages and conditions. Using your hands constantly is key to gardening, so it is a good idea to treat your hands to a little pampering as well. Gardening is obviously a messy job even if you are wearing gloves, so you will find that you’ll be washing your hands a lot more. If you don’t dry your hands properly, they can become quite dry and sore. Look after them by treating your hands to a hand sheet mask once a week (if you’re a regular gardener) or after you’ve done an intense session of gardening, and this will make sure your hands are soft and smooth. Your hands go through a lot of work on a daily basis and using a hand sheet mask will definitely ensure that you always have youthful-looking hands.
Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to gardening? Have fun gardening and share your photos to We Love Wipes if you get the chance to tend your garden in the next few weeks.