You’ve likely never heard someone say that outdoor activities for children are dangerous. In the past decade, an astounding number of studies have indicated the exact opposite. When it comes to outdoor activities that promote children’s overall development, gardening is hard to beat. Whether the garden is in pots on a balcony, in a community plot, or just outside the back door, children who participate in it reap much more than food and flowers.
Gardening Helps Kids Learn to Plan & Organize
There are seasons of the year when certain plants thrive more than others. Others thrive in proximity to a certain plant. Some grow well in rows, while others, such as wildflower seeds, can be scattered. Gardening provides an opportunity to discuss research and planning with your children.
Here are some of the best plants that can get your kid started on their veg patch or flower garden.
Squash, Pumpkin, and Zucchini
These vines grow rapidly, produce big edible blossoms, and resemble extraterrestrial life with their clutching tendrils. Little green thumbs have something to look forward to in the fall with the arrival of winter squash and pumpkins.
Catnip, Citronella, and Cat Grass
Have a cat at home? Plant some cat grass or catnip in a container and position it where your feline companion can enjoy it. Citronella is good for deterring pesky mosquitoes.
Perhaps everyone’s favorite, as they are simple to cultivate and maintain. Tomatoes thrive in pots and provide delicious fruit throughout the summer. For small hands and mouths, cherry and grape tomatoes are ideal.
These colorful summer blossoms are fantastic for many reasons: they grow quickly, can reach astonishing heights, and yield hundreds of delectable seeds in the fall that can be roasted or shared with birds and squirrels during the winter.
Cucumbers, pole beans, and red runner beans are all vines that bloom attractively, attract pollinators, and yield vegetables. In addition, they spiral and twine rapidly upward, making them ideal for confined spaces — even in a container on a balcony!