Once upon a time gardens played an important role in a child's life.
As our dwellings seem to become larger and the surrounding open space reduced, the need to turn open space into green space is even more pressing. A sad part of this loss of space is the lost opportunity to create gardens and to enjoy gardening, particularly for the children in our communities. Whereas once a garden for free, open play would have been the norm in almost every Australian child’s life, these days, those spaces are often compromised. Children can become disconnected from the natural world and some children may have little access to public gardens to have any sort of hands on understanding and relationship with nature, including growing plants, producing food and being aware of the quality of the air they breathe. Vertical gardening might hold the key for families wanting to nurture a relationship with nature in their children who are challenged with limited space.
Vertical gardening offers parents an opportunity to inject much needed greenery into a small space but to importantly provide an active gardening ‘experience’ for their children so that they can enjoy the sensory experience and satisfaction of growing plants to fruition. Vertical garden systems that are soil media based, such as the Garsy® towers and greenwalls walls, offer a traditional gardening ‘experience’ in that the kids (and adults) can dig in with their trowels and plant seeds, seedlings or even advanced plants.
VERTICAL GARDENING SUCCESS WITH KIDS
FAST GROWING PLANTS
PLANTS THAT THEY CAN TRIM
ALL THE FUN STUFF, PLANTING, WATERING AND HARVESTING without the chores!
The kinds of plants that kids will really enjoy
growing in their vertical garden are hardy, reliable performers that germinate and or mature fairly quickly. Lettuce, rocket and radishes grow fairly quickly from seed. Hardy flowers like dwarf marigolds and calendulas add colour and interest and combine gorgeously with edibles in the vertical garden. Kids also like quirky flowers and veggies so look for odd colour mixes and dwarf or novelty coloured vegetable varieties. Of course, favourites like strawberries will always be highly desirable and they grow so well in vertical gardens, you’d be mad not to plant at least a few. 1sq m of wall = 3 times the fun with this simple kit.
It’s a fantastic feeling for parents to give their children some exposure to how produce is grown
...and why it’s great to grow your own. Vertical gardening can provide that in an aesthetically pleasing and space saving way. Knowing also that all of the goodies you and your kids produce are pesticide and herbicide residue free is also reassuring, particularly when the produce is plucked fresh from the Vertical garden before making it into the kitchen! This is a great website for children- full of helpful gardening information for parents and teachers and a free members club to join.
Of course, gardeners (even non-gardeners) of all ages will be drawn to a vertical garden
These living walls provide beauty and nourishment on many levels. People find common ground, conversation and so many opportunities for sharing. Whether it be knowledge, produce or any of the myriad of other ways that gardening seems to bring out the best in people – even if we do garden in many different ways these days!