The kids are coming to the end of the school year, and  you’re starting to wonder just how you’re going to keep them amused, occupied, and entertained over the long, long summer holidays.

Here at the Garden Style Company, we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves when it comes to gardening with children.

If you’re looking for ways to entertain your little ones in the garden, look no further.

Kids want a big, instant impact. Unfortunately, very few plants are able to spring up instantaneously. Gardening can be a great lesson in the long game and can help to foster patience. We’ve put together a few suggestions that might help to give your little darlings the green fingered habit.

The Paddington Plan
There is a charming Paddington book that sees the Brown children assigned their own patch of the garden. Paddington, of course, ends up in hot water but don’t let this put you off. Giving each of your kids their own patch of the garden to design just how they like, can reap unusual, yet wondrous results. An unexpected rockery, a mini-allotment — who knows what your kids might conjure up? We think this idea might work best with children over the age of seven but you know your own children best, why not let your little tots have a go too?

You could also modify the idea depending on age. For older children, letting them loose in the garden centre with a fiver could work well. On the other hand, pre-selecting some plug plants for younger kids could result in some creative planting schemes.

Super Seeds
There are of course, loads of different seed varieties out there. For kids though, you need seeds that are reliable and easy to grow. It also helps of the seeds you select are almost guaranteed to grow fast and tall.

It goes without saying that sunflower seeds make a great option for kids. They grow fast, can be exceptionally tall (depending on which variety you go for), and they are beautiful – gorgeous, towering, sunshine-yellow flowers towering over everyone, lovely stuff.

Another fab seed for kids to grow is humble cress. These little seeds get growing very fast and there are all sorts of cool experiments you can do with them. Grow three groups of seeds: leave one as a control group, limit sunlight for another, and leave one group un-watered.

Another fab idea, if you want to limit your little one’s potential to run riot over your garden, is to give each child their own planter (like one of our lovely ones!) and invest in a selection of plug plants.

Again, modification is key. For small children, plug plants make an instant impact and if you ‘help’ them plant them in a design of your choosing, you’ve also got one spring job knocked off your list. For older children, they could take total responsibility for their planter for the season. Perhaps they could grow some veggies? Maybe they could get some sort of reward if they can keep everything in their planter alive all summer? Maybe serving up a plate of their own home-grown veggies will put an end to a troublesome spot of fussy eating?

Gardens are brilliant for children – fresh air, at one with nature, creepy-crawlies and lots of mud, perfect!