As the saying goes, more than a seed is planted in a garden. Children can learn not just about how natural systems work in a garden—what critters and plants live where and what do they need to survive, but also about themselves.
Helping plan, plant and tend a garden can cultivate attributes and life skills such as responsibility, independence, leadership empathy/caring, teamwork and problem solving.
Children often don’t know where their food comes from and have no idea of the energy and work it takes to grow, transport, store and prepare their food.
If they don’t have some sort of relationship to the natural world, they won’t be prepared to make wise decisions about it.
A few ideas to help get started gardening with children