Read it here....scientists, no less, in America have come up with some very 'grown-up' reasons why eating a little bit of dirt is good for you.
Now, I don't want to rain on their parade...but I think there's probably a lot of parents out there who knew that already! What do you say?
Here's a Dreams and Wishes 'Top Ten' of gardening tips for the youngsters....
- Make a space in the garden specifically for the kids or, if space is lacking, use patio pots.
- Pick a few of their favourite fruit, veg or flower seeds to encourage involvement.
- Start with something that grows quickly to maintain interest, such as lettuce or radishes.
- Provide them with good quality, child-sized tools to help with tasks.
- Include plants they enjoy eating so that they can appreciate the growing process and enjoy the fruits of their labour.
- Don't forget to label seeds as you plant for easy reference during growing period.
- Find fun ways to protect seedlings from birds, etc. Get the kids to make a scarecrow or bird scarer.
- Give everyone little tasks to keep them active and interested.
- Be prepared to get very dirty...keep a supply of old clothes available.
- Be amazed when your kids actually want to eat their greens and have the cook books ready.