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Top tips for children (and parents) who want to give gardening a go

Written by Eleanor Weeks

Are you and the kids wanting to make the most of your garden space?
We have put together some top tips of how you can spruce up the place!
Educating yourself and the family is a great start…
You can grow your own veggies whilst the kids repot plants – everybody can take part!

1. Educate yourself and the family

Whether you are new to gardening or simply looking to get the kids involved this spring, labelling your plants using old lollipop sticks is a great way to remember what you have planted and where. You could also make some short notes on how each plant needs to be cared for – not only will this save you having to research it again further down the line but it is a brilliant way of educating your little ones on the various needs of your flowers, fruit plants and ferns.

2. Think about your space

If you don’t have a garden, don’t be put off as you still get involved and educate the kids through having pots or planters on your balconies, in your windows, or in boxes on your patio! Succulents and cacti are brilliant if you live in a flat but love being surrounded by plants as they are easy to care for and will no doubt brighten up any shelf! Finally, top tip for planting fruit and veg – make sure you have a pot large enough for it to reach its full potential.

3. Consider the season

Right now is a brilliant time to give gardening a go as there are so many jobs that can you can begin with during the spring and early summer months. One being planting any bulbs or seeds that will flower later in the year. Perhaps you love flowers? Poppies, sunflowers, and marigolds are all brilliant flowers to plant this time of year and ones your children will love planting and watch grow too.

4. Grow your own

Are you and the kiddies foodies? Then growing your own vegetables and herbs to cook with is the perfect way to get you all involved with gardening. Plus, you will often find that if your little ones have been involved with growing their own food they are more likely to happily eat their fruit and veg! Woohoo!!

If you have never grown your own fruit and vegetable before than tomatoes is a great one to start with. Tomatoes can be grown outdoors and indoors so if you are tight for space in the garden then growing them indoors will work just as well too. All you need is the seeds, soil, and small containers or seedling starter trays and you are good to go.

5. Repotting Plants

Whilst some garden centres have reopened, it may still be tricky for some of us to get to them so repotting plants yourself is a simple way to help them reach their growth potential! How to know if your plant needs repotting? If its growth has recently been slacking off, or it has been requiring more frequent watering or has been in the same pot for 12-18 months, then it may be worth doing it! Ideally, the new pot should be 1-2 inches bigger than the current pot to allow ample space for roots to grow.

For more gardening tips and advice take a look at the Foresters Friendly Society website here. 

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