We have all been at home a lot lately. One of the hardest challenges for working parents throughout the last 18 months has been keeping the kids entertained while they have been stuck at home.
If you are looking for a way to keep your children entertained before all restrictions are lifted, and even afterward, starting a vegetable garden might just be the answer.
How to start a family vegetable garden?
It is simple to set up a family vegetable garden, even if you have limited or no outdoor space. Certain fruits and vegetables will grow well inside in pots. In fact, many plants prefer being indoors than out in the unpredictable UK weather.
You will need some supplies to start such as pots and soil, as well as some vegetables or seeds to plant. Then it is just a case of caring for your plants until they are ripe and ready to harvest. If you really want to see your garden flourish, then you can buy some additional supplies like fruit cage netting to keep birds and pests out.
The benefits of a family vegetable garden
Below, we outline some of the top benefits a vegetable garden can offer your family:
Give your children a connection to what they eat
Understanding where food comes from, how it grows and what it takes to cultivate fruit and veg can help children understand what they eat in a new way.
This can help them have a greater appreciation for their food, helping them to focus their eating habit on whole, fresh foods which are better for their health in the long run.
Spend quality time together working on a project
For working parents, it can often feel difficult to find the balance between work and spending quality time with your children, especially when your home has become your office.
Working together on a project like a vegetable garden is a great way to spend quality time with your kids, working towards a common goal and building strong bonds within your family unit.
Improve the overall health and wellbeing of your family
Being outside in nature and doing physical work such as gardening has been proven to have multiple health benefits for us and our children.
Growing a vegetable garden can improve the wellbeing of your kids which is essential as we spend more and more time on digital devices for work and learning.
Make your home more sustainable
Growing your own vegetables can cut down your reliance on supermarket fruit and veg, which is often shipped across the world, leaving a huge environmental footprint.
It can also encourage your family to be more mindful around food wastage. By composting leftovers, scraps and pruned plants, you could help make a positive impact on what waste ends up in landfill.