The chill has finally left the GTA, and the weather is ripe for gardening! Not only is gardening a fun, therapeutic and rewarding activity for mama, the benefits of starting a small garden with your little are innumerable. Children are curious by nature, and by giving them either a small plot next to your garden or letting them have their own container, you are giving them free reign to explore, question, and insha’Allah, watch their hard work sprout and grow.
Not only do children learn about basic science concepts such as weather, plant life cycles, and ecosystem stewardship, but they also learn how to work in groups (especially if you have a sibling garden!) and develop a genuine appreciate of from where their food comes. Another added benefit for mamas of picky eaters – children love eating what they grow!
I love watching my son get excited over our tiny lettuce and spinach greens growing, and the prospect of biting into fresh, ripe strawberries and tomatoes will be worth the wait! It’s a great way to teach them about the environmental aspect of our faith. The Prophet (SAW) said, “If a Muslim plants a tree or sows seeds, and then a bird, or a person or an animal eats from it, it is regarded as a charitable gift (sadaqah) for him.” (Bukhari)
Even if you don’t have a backyard, there many plants that grow really well in balconies and inside the house.
Check out these ten tips from Toronto Botonical Gardens to get a jumpstart on gardening with the kids this season! http://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/news/10-tips-to-get-kids-growing/