Being in my garden is one of my favorite things to do.
I love the smell of fresh dirt and feeling the mist from the water hose as I spray my vegetables on a hot summer evening.
I love planning what vegetables to grow and where I will put my herb garden.
I love working with my hands and the ache of my back from tilling the soil.
I love the silence and disconnect from technology.
And I especially love doing all of these things with my toddler and preschooler next to me.
Last year we started our first raised bed vegetable garden. It was the first time we were able to garden together as a family, and we had so much fun!
Children learn so much from just doing life alongside their parents. I would love for my children to understand where their foods come from (or at least where it can come from), and I want them to enjoy healthy food (because let’s be honest – food straight from the earth that traveled no further than a few hundred feet tastes much better than supermarket food!).
We already prepare, eat, and clean up each meal together; therefore, extending our work into our backyard has made the work inside even more fun!
I want to share some ways to include your toddler or preschooler in the garden with you. Letting your child work with you in the garden is so rewarding and teaches your child valuable lessons for down the road!
Head over to Keeper of the Home for 10 Ways to Include Toddlers and Preschoolers in the Garden. I’d love to hear from you about ways you include your children in the garden!