Although we may intuit or have previously verified that this statement is true, we may not imagine the true extent of the benefits that this experience can bring us.
A garden can be a valuable educational resource. From horticulturist, we want to make known a psycho-pedagogical vision of the experience of cultivating in the urban garden in the family.
In this publication, we will talk about how gardening can help parents and children to have a better quality relationship and we will realise the multitude of possibilities we have when it comes to simple home gardening.
In later publications, to give a psycho-pedagogical vision, we will talk about how the experience of cultivation helps the development of our children’s cognitive abilities or how, through the garden, parents can transmit values to their children and teach them how to live.
The generational link in the garden
Creating a strong, positive bond between parents and children is critical to the development of both. This bond begins before the child is born and is established and changing throughout life.
A child needs to feel his parents close to him and that is why he needs to share positive experiences with them to feel safe; this is what we call sharing quality time.
We, too, as parents, need to feel our children close, connect with them and get to know them, although sometimes this can be difficult especially when they reach adolescence. A small urban garden on our terrace can be a good resource to help us create (or recover) that quality relationship. Through this work, we will be able to relate, enjoy and learn with our children from a very early age, always according to their level of development. Making a hole with the hands to plant small lettuce will help in the motor development of a small child. Thinking together about how to plan the garden, in terms of growing seasons and available space, can be a very good task for when our child is approaching adolescence.
It can be a very enriching experience to look for information and share it, to spend time acquiring together what is necessary and one’s own work of cultivation and harvesting.
How to grow on the balcony?
In the market, there are a great variety of pots, planters, sacks, vertical orchards and cultivation tables that will allow us to work easily and successfully even if the balcony is of reduced measures.
If we do not have a balcony or a terrace, we can be creative and put some nice pots on the window sill. Some crops such as strawberries, lettuce or parsley will be a good option for these small pots as they do not require large amounts of substrate. Keep in mind that we can always help each other with safe and easy to use organic fertilizers.
How can I grow a bigger garden if I don’t have any land?
Some town councils have cultivable plots made available to citizens. Ask for information in your municipality.
It can also be a good option to ask our neighbours and acquaintances, maybe we will come to an agreement with someone who has a small piece of land.
What to cultivate with the children?
The first thing we have to bear in mind is that to do any learning you have to be motivated. When we are not yet experienced, it will be better to start with easy crops with a short cycle, such as lettuces, radishes or peas. At first, it will be more rewarding and motivating for us and for our children to be able to see them grow quickly and harvest them within a not very long period.