By Carson Davis
Plant tending is a low-stakes way to cultivate responsibility in young children. Whether you have a couple of potted herbs on your apartment patio or live on farm with lots of vegetables, you can teach kids valuable lessons about caring for the world around them.
If you don’t have plants at home, go to a nursery and wander the aisles. Let your child pick out a small plant and pot of his own. Terra cotta pots are inexpensive and easy to paint, so you could plan a long afternoon of shopping, decorating, and planting.
Give your child age-appropriate instructions for watering and other necessary tasks like fertilizing and pruning. Check on the plant together every couple of days. If you’ve planted something edible, think of a recipe that you can make together.
Most important, have fun. A garden can be as small or as large as you like. And you can always plant something different next season. Happy gardening!