National Growing for Wellbeing Week

National Growing for Wellbeing week celebrates the many benefits that growing produce can have on your physical and mental wellbeing. Strong evidence highlights the benefits of gardening on mental health; these include improved confidence, concentration and self-belief, improved mental and physical health, opportunities to communicate and connect with others, and the chance to acquire a new skill.

Children love to be outside, kicking balls around or finding bugs, but how can we get them involved in the gardening? Children will love to get involved with planting fruits, vegetables and herbs. Gardening is great for children as they can watch their plants grow and learn how to take care of them. Once they have grown their produce, they can reap the rewards and help cook something up with what they have grown.

This activity is also great for fussy eaters, as children are more likely to try new foods if they have participated in the growing process. Don’t let this stop you if you do not have a garden! Did you know that you can grow herbs on a windowsill? Save some jam jars, clean them out, fill them an inch from the top with soil, sprinkle the seeds of the herbs you would like to grow on top, add a dusting of more soil, water and watch as they sprout. This is something children can do with little direction too.

Why not make a start this weekend by growing some mint which you can then use in cooking, as well as for creating your own lip scrub!