Disclaimer: I was over 40 when I discovered something special. I like having a plant around. As a result, I hope to instill a love of gardening and an appreciation for nature in my children. I grew up with a big garden and a mother who loves to garden, but it wasn’t until many years of apartment living that I realized I took that part of my childhood for granted. Now, with no garden in sight (except for the plants I received as a gift, which unfortunately never quite succeeded), I am looking for ways, my children and I, to bring nature back to the inside and watch something grow. Eliza Blank, Founder and CEO of The Sill, a New York-based houseplant company (and guest on the Motherly podcast), says, “Plants are an important part of caring for you and your kids.” I couldn’t agree more.
Whether it’s starting with an herb garden, trying to grow carrots, or even a cute little succulent, houseplants and gardening have many benefits, from reducing stress to increasing productivity. Ready to watch nature do its thing and find out if there are green thumbs in your home? Let’s go!
6 ways to garden indoors with your kids:
A version of this story was published on April 5, 2021. It has been updated.
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