There are many who have to share their garden space, using it as a facility for their children to play, as well as for growing trees, flowers, shrubs, and vegetables, among other plants. So it is important, if you want your garden-loving legacy to continue through the generations, to get your children to learn about gardening and how things help make a garden flourish.
We’ve got 10 fascinating facts on gardens for the kids to enjoy, so see how they get on with these, and before you know it you’ll have some keen little green-fingered sidekicks out with you on your used ride on mowers.
- Water is vital, and plays an awfully important part of any garden. The majority of gardens need to be kept watered. Frequent watering is required in order for flowers and vegetables to flourish.
- Insects are essential to every garden. This is because they assist in the transferring of pollen from plant to plant.
- You can have lots different kinds of gardens. Some like to have a garden dedicated to their love of flowers, while other people enjoy the benefits of having a plant garden that they can harvest food from. Then there are people who create gardens that are alluring for the butterflies. These are just a few examples of what you can help specialise your garden into for your children.
- While insects are good for the garden, there are some that can be harmful to things in your garden as they eat the flowers, leaves, fruit, and/or roots. That’s not good! Just ask the farmers who spend a lot of money on treatments to stop the little guys coming along and eating their crops!
- Bees are great friends of your garden! They just love the flowers that close at night. And that’s why you only ever see bees flying and buzzing about during the day. Also, Bees are fascinated by flowers that are brightly coloured and contain a strong smelling fragrance. If it wasn’t for the bees there wouldn’t be many of the flowers we see today. This is because they help pollinate flowers and plants. And just to give you an idea of how important they are, without bees, more than 100,000 plant species would not exist!
- Did you know earthworms are really important for any type of garden? These largely unappreciated worms work their socks off at keeping our soil clean. They do this by pulling down organic material and then reprocessing it into fresh soil, packed full of nutrients.
- In schools all over the world there are classrooms growing gardens. This is great because this kind of activity helps to teach children about animals and plants that can be found in a garden. What’s more, it helps children discover interesting things about the weather, how this helps a garden grow, and how to care for their gardens too.
- Talking of weather, sunlight is really important for all gardens. It helps plants to grow. Some flowers aren’t able to survive in direct sunlight as they can’t handle the heat and it’ll actually cause them to burn!
- There are some insects that can tell us certain things about the weather. For example, whenever bees feel a rise in humidity, they will fly back to their hives so that they don’t get caught in any subsequent rain coming.
- Many years ago, and in some places this is the case again now, gardens were pivotal to life. Early people, once they had learnt to plant and grow food, were able to create towns and villages. This was good as they no longer had to move from place to place in order to gather up whatever it was they could find to eat. And so gardening allowed for early people to have more control over their lives so that they could start specialising in different trades. This is where people started farming, while some were able to make pottery, or clothes, and others hunted and made weapons, for example.