It's National Gardening Week, so we're taking a look at tips for gardening with small children
Do you love gardening, and want to introduce your children to it early to nurture their green fingers from a young age? Or are you clueless in the garden and keen for you all to learn together?
Either way, there are so many benefits to gardening with young children, not least all the time spent in the fresh air and the valuable skills they will learn from nurturing plants, keeping them alive and helping them grow.
Here are five tips on gardening with small children to get you off to a good start:
Start with a small project: Gardening with children doesn't have to mean redesigning a whole garden, which would be as daunting as it sounds. Start with a small project you can do inside instead. Why not try the classic children's cress head.
You don't have to have a garden: Again, if your outside space in limited it doesn't mean you can't garden with children. Is there space for a small window box, or plant and water herbs in pots on your kitchen windowsill?
Give them their own tools: It might be helpful to invest in small of tools for your junior gardeners, so they have something they're able to use. You don't need anything complicated or expensive, just a smaller trowel, fork and watering can. You can pick these up online or from your local gardening centre.
Start with the quick seeds: We all now how excited children will be to see results of things they've planted, so go for quick growing seeds like cress, grass or try wildflowers, poppies or sunflowers.
Grow dinner: This is a great tip for gardening with children if your child is a picky eater - grow fruits or vegetables together that they can eat, as going through the whole process might encourage them to eat more. Try carrots, raddishes or potatoes, or plant up a couple of strawberry plants.
Let us know how you get on! Make sure you read our posts on picnic ideas if you're having dinner outside