Kids and gardens go together like worms and dirt. It’s a healthy relationship, but one that must be encouraged. Your soil must meet certain criteria, or they won’t show up. Too dry, no good. Unprotected, they won’t last – you know, birds and the like. But when it’s moist and nutrient rich, you’re good to go! They’ll not only come, they’ll stay for a while and as most good gardeners know, worms can do wonders for your plants.
Much like kids. So long as it’s not too hot and the weeds look manageable, the kids will be happy to help. They prefer to harvest, or worm check, but they will weed – if the weather’s a balmy 70 degrees and there’s a nice breeze sweeping the landscape. Of course there can’t be anything more exciting going on at the moment to distract them. It only takes one pass of Dad on the tractor to lose my son. When the dog shows up, you’ve lost my daughter. But when conditions are right, children can be a BIG help!
So take heart. With a bit of creativity – and knowing your kid’s hot button – gardening can be enjoyable and productive. The reward is great and the memories, well, they’re priceless.
P.S. If you’re one of those creative types, will you share some of your secrets with me?