There is no planet B – that’s pretty obvious. For our world to remain livable for future generations, we must protect our environment. Children must be raised to be environmentally conscious people from an early age for long-term sustainability to work. But how do you pass environmental protection to your children? If you own a garden, you have already won – because in your green lot you can give your children Make sustainability tangible.
Gardening with children – the advantages
Children thirst for knowledge and love discovery. Little rascals want to explore their surroundings with all their senses. Where else can they learn from the world more than in the middle of nature? Spending a lot of time with your kids in the garden has many advantages. For example, they recognize the rhythm of nature, reduce fear of contact with plants and animals, and quickly realize that animals and plants deserve protection.
So, if you want to direct your offspring towards a sustainable lifestyle, it is best to go for your own green space. By gardening with your kids, the topic of sustainability does not remain a gray theory, but becomes a reality personal meaning – And in a variety of ways.
Growing fruits, vegetables and herbs
Many children do not even know where the food on their plate comes from. To show your offspring that not all ingredients come from the supermarket or even “grow” in the fridge, it’s a good idea Growing fruits, vegetables and herbs In the garden. By cultivating the soil together, children learn that many of the ingredients in their meals can be grown by themselves – this is good for the environment and the wallet.
By planting, nurturing and harvesting selected types of fruits, vegetables, and herbs together, children learn step-by-step how the tiny seed becomes a delicious ingredient for cooking. It is especially important here that children enjoy gardening as well as they do A very personal approach Develop on sustainability. So it must have some significance for them to strive for an environmentally conscious lifestyle. For example, try using These two ideas:
in one The so-called “pizza bed” All pizza decorating ingredients can be grown. These include, for example, Mediterranean zucchini, healthy tomatoes and various herbs such as thyme and basil.
With special baby bed Young and old gardeners can decide for themselves what they want to grow. This way, they learn to take responsibility early and are all happier in the harvest season when they succeed in growing them independently.
Environmentally friendly plant care
Growing special fruits, vegetables and herbs Automatically unsustainable. Peat soil and synthetic chemical fertilizers are often used to stimulate plant growth. Problem: This method of cultivation is not environmentally friendly. For example, peat extraction destroys swamps in the Baltic states in particular, and water-soluble synthetic fertilizers greatly pollute groundwater.
Educate your children about these long-term environmental impacts and encourage them to get upset peat-free soil Like natural fertilizer Add. Compost in particular, as well as grass clippings and rock dust or compost are ideal for fertilizing the soil without affecting the life of the soil.
Conscious use of water
Even if we are not currently affected by the water shortage in Germany, children should learn from an early age that water is a precious commodity. When gardening together, big and small explorers can unite Economical and conscious use Learn with blue gold. Children can take an example from the method of irrigating a garden area.
Instead of using large amounts of water for irrigation every day, it is also sufficient to water the garden Water every 4-5 days. Trees are of particular importance because they cool the microclimate and thus reduce the water requirements of garden plants. Teach your kids that too Natural unpolluted rain water The most environmentally friendly option is to water the plants – it is best to collect this in a rain barrel on rainy days.
Animal protection in your own garden
When gardening together, kids Also animal welfare – As another sign of more sustainability. Insects in particular must be protected, because a sharp decline in insects occurred in Germany several years ago. This does not just one Diverse wildlife lost, but also the continued existence of plants threatened with the extinction of species. After all, insects play an important role in the pollination and reproduction of plants.
Explain to your children that insects in the garden cannot be avoided. But it’s not just bees and other beneficial insects that are important to your evergreen lot. Birds can also find shelter here, especially during the cold season. Create with your children animal homeThrough cooperation…
…Build an insect hotel by yourself. Here you can find for example b- wild bees, beetles and other insects where they nest and spend the winter.
…Build a bird’s house. This gives birds such as sparrows, sparrows, and tits a protective shelter in the winter and makes it easier for them to find food.
…Create a rock garden. Many animal species, such as for example borer wasps and ground beetles do very well. The rock garden also creates an ideal habitat for many animals. Rock garden can be performed as follows:
A sustainable lifestyle from an early age
Global warming, species extinction or air pollution: In light of current environmental problems, a sustainable lifestyle is important – starting with the young. It is not difficult to bring children closer to the topic of sustainability. gardening together Environmental awareness is trained.