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Santa's Little Helpers

Santa's Little Helpers
Posted on 27/11/09 | Posted by The Fat Gardener

One of the most important results of the ‘Grow Your Own’ revolution has been the ‘growing’ interest in gardening for children. Many kids now know the difference between carrots and cabbages – a major step forward!

Christmas is often a time when expensive garden tools can be given as presents (either to yourself or someone else!) and anything that makes gardening easier is always a treat. My daughter’s garden tools have been a real success, not only is she often to be seen tending her own little patch, but also sometimes offers to help me with my tasks.

Remember, when choosing garden tools for children it is important to get the right kit – weak, breakable ‘toy’ tools will not allow children to develop the right skills needed for digging and cultivating and may also be dangerous if they break. Good, strong tools like Bulldog’s children’s tools are made in exactly the same way as the adult versions and will allow you to teach your protégé how to dig, weed, hoe and rake correctly.

Size is also important when it comes to children and very large, heavy spades and forks are likely to strain any child trying to use them and not only will this put them off gardening (possibly forever), but it may also cause injury. Children have small hands, so hand tools such as trowels and weed forks should be proportionately smaller that an adult’s, not in this case because of the weight, but so that children can grip the tool safely and securely. Spear & Jackson’s stainless steel children’s hand trowel and fork set is perfect for those small planting and weeding jobs in the garden or on the allotment.

Please also remember there are bacteria populations of anything from 100 million to 3 billion per gram of soil (very few are harmful) and some areas may also have discarded glass and other rubbish lurking beneath the surface, so children should try and wear gloves when gardening (tetanus shots are painful!).

With your son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, niece, nephew, friend, sister or brother properly kitted out and ready to garden, the gardening world is your oyster and if you take the time to show your new little helper how fulfilling growing plants and vegetables can be, then you should (all being well) have a free gardener for life!

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