Gardening with Family
Gardening with Family
Want a great way to bring multiple generations together to spend time outdoors, increase your family’s health and create lasting memories? Look no further than the backyard. Planning and maintaining a garden is the perfect multi-generational activity, and here are a few ways to get the whole clan involved.
Get Everyone on Board
Involve each family member in the planning and cultivation of your garden. Little ones can cut and paste collages of their favourite plants, flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Tweens and teens can put their knowledge of social media to use for research and inspiration. Senior family members can help draft plans and decide how best to make use of the space.
Lean on the Wisdom of Seniors
Older family members often have years of gardening experience to draw upon, so be sure to ask your own resident green thumbs for their sage advice when it comes to your plot. Senior members of the family may have wonderful stories of their own love of gardening, or garden journals to share. Involve the younger family members in this passing down of wisdom.
Work with Everyone’s Ability
Young and old alike can enjoy a quiet bench for reading or just sitting and taking in the view. Wildlife features like bird feeders or koi ponds will delight and offer opportunity for learning. An outdoor kitchen or dining space brings the family together to break bread. Design an outdoor play kitchen, natural playground (with found materials like tree stumps for climbing and seating) or other designated space for little ones to be energetic and imaginative. This will give the kids a space to call their own, and a spot where older members can delight in the joy of childhood.
Pass Along Plants
It’s no secret that kids who grow vegetables, eat vegetables. The same is true for fruit trees and herb gardens. Plan a small vegetable plot or other food-producing garden space together based on the kinds of food your family likes to eat. Have an outdoor harvest party and feast to reap the rewards of all your hard work.
Plant a Memorial
Remember loved ones who no longer walk beside you by planting a tree or flowering bush in their honor. Get the whole family involved in selecting and tending to this special part of the garden. Consider a planting ceremony where each family member shares a memory of this loved one while they add dirt or water to the memorial plant.
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