I obsess way too much about what to write and finding the perfect pictures.
I know, write what you know.
This weekend, myself and fellow gardener Lana Blos (under the direction of Susan Corning) is giving a talk at Seedy Saturday at the Truro Farmer's Market on Family Gardening. How to encourage families to garden together.
There has been a great serge in interest in urban/suburban vegetable gardening. It is actually quite easy to tuck a few veg plants here and there among the planters on the deck or the flowers in the garden even if space is limited. Many vegetables are easily suited for container such as tomatoes, peppers, greens and herbs and may companies are producing seed specifically for containers and planters. I know two people whom grew squash in a large container with a trellis and had very good results.
When gardening with your children, the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages
They learn how to design, planning, planting, maintaining, harvesting and sharing skills.
They learn about science, become environmentally aware, understanding the interactions of nature and how it works, how insects pollinate, how a seed grows, understanding that sun and rain makes things grow and there needs to be balance.
The idea that you put a tiny seed in the ground and in a few months you have carrots, tomatoes, flowers.
They have exposure to healthy food, actually knowing what a vegetable looks like and how it grows and just doesn't everything taste better when you grow it yourself. Children are more likely to eat them it they grow it themselves.
We are learning more all the time about how important fruits and vegetables really are to our diet. There have been many studies indicating this. There are also studies suggesting that gardening when young increases the exposure to pathogens that help build up our immune systems to help us fight off chronic diseases and mental problems when we are older.
There can not possibly be any disadvantages. Can there?
They are going to get dirty.