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Gardening projects for kids: Costa Georgiadis reveals his budget-friendly tips for getting kids involved with gardening

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There are many benefits of gardening, from relaxation to fresh and affordable produce and beautifying your home.

Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis knows first-hand the wonders gardening can do our minds, bodies and the spaces we live in.

But it’s not just adults who can benefit from nature – children can too, according to the landscape architect.

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Costa Georgiadis is a Junior Landcare ambassador. (Supplied)

It’s something he’s hoping to encourage more of as an ambassador for Junior Landcare, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, with its Love Letters to the Land initiative.

Georgiadis spoke to 9Honey Living about the milestone and how parents can get their kids more involved with their garden.

Why is it important for kids to develop a connection with nature?

Getting connected with nature does wonders for kids! Plenty of research shows that regular interaction with nature makes a positive impact on a child’s overall social, mental and physical health. It has even been linked to higher academic achievement.

Plus, young people play a vital role in caring for our environment, which needs all the help it can get! But for kids to want to protect the planet, they need to be able to connect with and appreciate it. This starts by encouraging simple moments outdoors.

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There can be costs involved with gardening. What are your tips for getting kids planting and growing on a budget?

Gardening doesn’t have to be expensive and can be a cost-effective activity for families. You can recycle used containers such as bottles, ice-cream cartons or yoghurt tubs into DIY pot plants for small herbs and plants. Plus, the kids can paint the containers into colourful creations! 

You can upcycle plastic bottles to make hanging planters for herbs and other plants. It’s a fun and educational activity that teaches kids about gardening and sustainability.

To create these hanging planters, punch holes for drainage, cut a window to fill the bottle with soil and start planting! Once your mini planter is ready, hang it up using string or twine. This not only adds a quirky feature to your outdoor but also great if you are limited on space.

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There are many benefits from getting kids connecting with nature. (Supplied)

What vegetables, fruit and plants are good options for children to grow?

If a parent is looking for low-maintenance plants that don’t require frequent care or watering, I suggest opting for succulents, snake plants, or aloe vera. Thyme, coriander, sage, dill, and rosemary are hardy herbs that are easy to grow.

For families eager to see their plants flourish quickly, consider fast-growing options like devil’s ivy, lilly pilly, marigold, cherry tomatoes, basil, and mint.

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For a garden that may not always get sunlight, opt for shade-loving vegetables such as kale, spinach, rocket, lettuce, beetroot, potatoes, and parsley.

If you have a sundrenched outdoor area, look for lavender, kangaroo paw, geranium, lantana, capsicum, eggplant, cucumber, chilies, and zucchini.

How can we get involved with Junior Landcare’s 25th anniversary celebration?

Costa Georgiadis
Costa wants to children to share what they love about nature as part of an anniversary Landcare initiative. (Supplied)

As part of this milestone, Junior Landcare is calling on young Aussies to share what they love most about the environment and the steps they are taking to protect it. 

As a Junior Landcare ambassador, this initiative is close to my heart as it provides a fantastic opportunity to step outside, pause, and connect with nature – be it your backyard, park, beach, or balcony.

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If we all take small steps to do something good for the environment, this collectively adds to a lasting impact. It’s truly inspiring to hear stories about the incredible efforts children are making for our planet and the positive actions they’re taking to make a difference.

That’s why, we’re calling on kids to write Love Letters to the Land, telling us what they love most about the natural world around them and simple steps they can or are taking to protect it.

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