Whether you regularly grow at least a few different fruits and vegetables in your backyard or you have been thinking about starting a small garden soon, it makes sense to get your kids involved in this activity. In addition to getting extra help with the planting process and the ongoing care and maintenance needs of the garden, your kids will benefit in several exceptional ways from this experience. In fact, these are some of the primary benefits that your kids will enjoy when you recruit their help.

Promote Healthy Eating
It is easy for children to pass over healthy fruits and vegetables and reach for processed foods. However, when children participate in gardening with you, they will see where their food comes from. More than that, they may be interested in sampling some of the foods that they helped to grow. Through their curiosity and their eagerness to try new things, they may develop a love of many of the foods that they help to grow. This may even make them more willing to try other healthy foods that they have been resistant to trying up until now.

Education about Botanical Sciences
If you have experience gardening, you understand that knowledge about different plants’ needs, soil conditions, and environmental factors all play a role in how well your crops will thrive. Botanical sciences at the most basic level involve photosynthesis, fertilization, and other processes. Your children can learn about how and why different plants thrive in different environments, why the use of organic fertilizer is healthier for plants than chemical fertilizers, how to naturally fight back against natural predators to crops and more. This education can open your children’s eyes up to the world around them so that they have a broader view of the environment and of their role in the environment.

A Healthy Activity
Another great benefit associated with kids and gardening is that it gets them out of the house. This is a physical activity that they may spend at least 15 to 20 minutes each day working on depending on the size of the garden. It exposes them to fresh air and sunlight, and it also may even be a great social activity. After all, they may be gardening with their parents and siblings rather than alone.

Gardening may not be one of the primary healthy, beneficial activities that you think about getting your kids involved in. However, now that you can see some of the exceptional benefits associated with children and gardening, you may be eager to get the ball rolling on this activity.

Author's Bio: 

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.