Children and plants go well together - children get lots of wonderful experiences while the plants grow, and ultimately they can also reap a harvest.
Children love to have their own little gardens that they can tend themselves, and where they can grow whatever plants they like. Freja, aged 11, says:
"I think it's fun to work with plants, because the flowers have such lovely colours, and they all look different. Some of the flowers have lovely scents, too, and you can make pretty bouquets. There are also some plants that you can eat and cook with."
A simple and quick pot solution
If you don't have time to create a whole kitchen garden, you can always give a child his or her own plant pot. Find a pot that the child can decorate or name, and plant it with summer flowers, such as dahlias or geraniums, in bright and beautiful colours. You can also mix the plants, with flowering plants and edible plants in the same pot - it's all up to the child.
A pot full of fun
The pot solution offers many wonderful experiences, and is simple for both you and the child. Give the family's youngest members a shovel and watering can from the start, so that they can look after the plants and discover nature's little miracles on their own.
Ideas for different pots, with different experiences:
Easy summer plants:
Busy Lizzie (Impatiens)
Plants with scents:
Oleanders (Nerium oleander)
Scented geraniums (Pelargonium graveolens)
Herbs, such as oregano, thyme or rosemary