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15 July


Capture your children's interest and help your plants flourish
As a parent, anyone can understand how you want your children to live a healthy and fulfilling life from when they are young. You may have a few different ideas on certain interests that you would like to see them develop and while ultimately you cannot make them want to do something it is perfectly possible to show them all the best parts and to offer encouragement.

If you have a vested interest in gardening and you want to make the most of this pastime and to preserve your garden then it is essential that you provide the best opportunity for your plants to grow healthily. It is possible for you to not only ensure that your garden is kept in tip-top condition but also to get your children to want to learn about this part of your home and the activity in general. Healthy eating is a practice that may not be easy to get the kids on board with but you may just be able to cover both bases at once if you get them involved in your gardening.

How does fertiliser help your plants?
Plants make their own food but the reason they need fertiliser is because either there are not enough nutrients available to them or they cannot make the most of those they have. Fertiliser helps them to thrive by providing them with these nutrients and they contain the three most important ones which are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Zinc, copper, sulphur and calcium are just a few of the other nutrients you can expect to find in fertilisers. 

Choosing between the different types
There are plenty of kinds of fertiliser to choose from and you may have heard of the slow release option. You can have granular slow release fertilisers that go with your compost before they are added to the soil for example. A little bit of fertiliser on a regular basis is said to be better than a lot at once during growing season. It is easy to overdo it and to want too much too soon but the steadier approach is advised.
Some plants are in need of fast acting fertiliser and the liquid form can allow the plant to get the best from it in a short space of time. Controlled release fertilisers come in granules and the nutrients they possess can be released over a time frame of up to a year.

How do gardening and healthy eating for the kids go together?
It is good to recognise the potential link between encouraging your kids to adopt a healthy diet and sparking their interest in gardening. If you grow tomato plants for example then they can see the way that the plants can flourish from nothing. This allows your children to appreciate the whole process and they can help you out with preparing the tomatoes as part of a healthy meal at the end of it.

It may be a good idea to cross ready meals off your menu and to let your kids know about the problems that can come from processed food, without being too pushy about it. If you actively involve the children in planting the seeds and nurturing the plants gardening will seem a lot more relevant to them. Asking them to help out in meal preparation will also be beneficial as they will have to think about it as they go along, and if you can allow them to enjoy it then it will certainly be something they will take a much keener interest in.
Karen Jones has a young family but likes to involve them in the gardening where possible. She has been very impressed by the Meadowmat wildflower turf that she has had installed in the back garden.


Meadowmat  have provided a detailed insight into ways to capture your child’s interest and encourage them to grow plants from an early age.


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