There is no better place to start sowing the seeds than when our children or grandchildren are very small.
Many people who are keen gardeners can pinpoint the moment that their passion started. And for many it was running around the garden in brightly coloured wellies sweeping up the leaves, watering the flowers and getting muddy at a grandparents house.
Gardening with grandparents seems to be a popular pastime for both generations. Perhaps, it is as grandparents that we have an abundance of quality time to spend with our grandchildren, without the daily pressure of bringing up a family. It might be true to say that many grandparents find the time and patience to do things with their grandchildren that they wished they had done with their own children.
Gardening is a wonderful gift of time and attention. Sharing hobbies is always hugely beneficial to a child, building memories and developing bonds that will stay with them throughout their lives. Growing your garden together can prove to be one of the most pleasurable pursuits between grandparent and grandchild. For those of you without a garden, it is still possible to take part in a growing activity. Many fruits and vegetables grow well in pots and containers, even a window box! Not only is growing your own food fun but kids always seem much more likely to eat what they have grown, and if you can help them to prepare or cook those vegetables you will be amazed at how even the fussiest child will develop a taste for broccoli, tomatoes or even brussel sprouts!
Every month we will be looking at a new project in the garden, from growing your own vegetables to creating your very own compost.