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Cultivating a love for Gardening: My Eco Sprout Growing Kits Review

The love of gardening is a seed

once sown that never dies.

Gertrude Jekyll

To cultivate a love in our children for gardening (or anything really) starts with us. As parents we need to be setting an example to our children. The great thing about cultivating a love for gardening and growing your own food is that children are natural gardeners; They love to play in the dirt, explore their surroundings, being outdoors and creating things. We only need to assist them by giving them the opportunity to do so.

When My Eco Sprout asked me to commit to a sustainable, ethical and organic approach to teaching my children about nature and the benefits of gardening, I jumped at the chance. They kindly gifted us with 3 Growing Kits to get us started. I gave one kit to each of my three older kiddies (7, 6 and 3) and I used it as a quality time activity with each one. The delight on their faces when the first few sprouts shot up was priceless! They did it! It worked! (I am so grateful that it happens within 3 days of planting because they were asking me every 5 minutes if it was ready….ha ha) I was surprised at how responsible and nurturing they were, watering every day and making sure it wasn’t getting too much sun. They were also the first to test taste the tender leaves. Two out of my 4 kiddies are VERY picky eaters and I must be honest, I almost fell over backwards when my 3 year old was willing to taste a leaf from our Beetroot micro green kit. These kits are easy to grow, they include fine motor activities, they are healthy and good for the environment! A win in my book! The Lane family gives it a big GREEN thumbs up!

Whether your garden is in a pot, a windowsill or in a garden bed, children who engage with it will be reaping more benefits that just a harvest of veggies.

Why is gardening so important?

  • Teaches children responsibility
  • Develops communication skills
  • Develops cooperation and sharing skills
  • Provides opportunities for hands-on learning, observation, inquiry and experimentation without unnecessary pressure of succeeding¬†
  • Builds confidence in a safe environment
  • Offers an opportunity for positive social interactions and quality family time.¬†
  • Promotes quality outdoor experiences and physical activity.
  • Teaches children to nurture and care for other living things
  • Teaches and develops patience
  • Improves focus, memory and sensory development

What are the benefits of growing your own food?

  • Growing your own food will encourage your child to eat healthier: to love fruits and vegetables. When you can establish a love and appetite for healthy and fresh food, children are more likely to live a healthier adolescent lifestyle.¬†
  • Do you have a picky eater? Children will be more open to new tastes and different kinds of food when they have a better understanding of where it comes from.
  • Build an understanding of and respect for nature, food and the environment.
  • Teaching them a life skill to pass on to future generations.

So, what are micro-greens?

They are leafy vegetable and herb greens, harvested as tiny shoots. They are densely packed with nutrients, amino acids, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. Enjoy them raw and in salads, sandwiches and smoothies! They are ready to harvest in 12-21 days. You can grow them indoors and all year round.

Here are the kits we received:

Microgreen Garden

In the box:

  • Growing tray
  • Mist spray bottle
  • Seed
  • Bamboo spade
  • Coco Peat soil disc
  • Cut-out characters
  • Box serves as a backdrop
  • Growing instructions

Super easy to grow and edible! The Wheat Grass will keep on growing for +/- 2 weeks.

Beetroot Microgreen

In the kit:

  • Soil disc
  • Bamboo spade
  • Seed packet
  • Growing instructions

Ready to harvest within 10-21 days.

Green Peas Kit

In the kit:

  •  Soil disc
  • Bamboo spade
  • Seed packet
  • Growing instructions
  • Vermiculite

Ready to harvest within 10-21 days.

GET KIDS GROWING!

For more info on these and other growing kits, please visit www.myecosprout.com and sign up for their monthly newsletter to receive gardening tips and free monthly downloads.

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