5 tips for growing wildflowers with kids
Growing wild flowers with children is a lovely idea. But how to get them interested? Here are 5 tips to get kids and wild flowers together.
1. Kids’ gardening tools
If your children are very young, buy tools and gloves to suit their size. They’ll not only feel like a real gardener with their own gear — but actually be able to move, dig and help out if they have stuff that fits.
The same goes for watering cans.
Get them a can that they can lift. Children love to water things, and a large can filled to the brim is going to be hard to move.
2. Children’s wild flower patch
If you can spare the space, why not give your child their own little patch of ground – a wild flower patch they can call their own? If space is limited, a large tub or windowbox can be transformed with wild flowers.
3. Make it easy
And give them easy things to grow that are quick to show results.
Annuals, which you can sow in the spring for a summer show, are perfect. They could create their own cornfield using:
- Corncockle (Agrostemma githago)
- Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus)
- Corn chamomile (Anthemis arvensis)
- Common poppy (Papaver rhoeas)
- Corn marigold (Chrysanthemum segeteum)
4. Wild flower bulbs
Wild flower bulbs are good things for young children to plant, being easy to handle and reliable. Try:
- Wild daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)
- Snakeshead fritillary (Fritillaria meleagris)
- Summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum)
5. Wild flower activities for kids
The garden and outdoors are fantastic playgrounds and places to discover things. Check out our Wild About Plants website which has lots of ideas for wild flower activities for kids.