Gardening club keeping kids busy during COVID-19

WINNIPEG – With the weather heating up and COVID-19 restrictions, many people are taking the extra time at home to grow gardens, and a gardening club wants to involve children.

Sheilah Restall and Shayna Frejuk from the gardening guru are co-founders of the Little Gardeners Club, which teaches children gardening and all of the life skills associated with it.

Restall said they wanted to find an activity kids could do at home during the lockdown.

“With everything that happens with the pandemic, and knowing there wasn’t a green club for kids here in Manitoba, I wanted to see if we could do one,” Restall said.

The Little Gardeners Club is distributing green sets to families with children so they can learn about gardening. The kits come with pots, soil, garden tools and two different types of seeds.

The website offers weekly updates to help parents and children grow their plants.

“I wanted everyone else to have the opportunity to grow their own food and just enjoy the joy that comes with it,” said Frejuk. “There’s definitely a sense of pride to know that you’ve turned this from a seed into something you can cook and eat.”

Sage Garden Greenhouses is one of the sponsors who donated items for the green kits.

Co-owner Dave Hanson said gardening is a lifelong skill and the whole process can be fun for kids.

“It’s really exciting for kids to suddenly connect with the idea, ‘I grew this food’ or ‘I grew this oregano that we put on our pizza tonight and it added all that flavor'” said Hanson. “It really connects the dots, so I think that’s a big deal when it comes to kids and gardening.”

Hanson said most children don’t know where their food is coming from, and gardening helps them understand how it all works.

Frejuk said it was really easy to create a garden in your own garden.

“Anyone can do it, it just takes a little patience and love and knowing the right conditions for your plants to thrive.”

Restall said there are a limited number of green kits available, but the website will have a list of what to buy if people want to build their own.

“Shayna will make sure everyone knows how to do things,” said Restall. “I’ll help get it posted on the website so anyone, including those with anything but green fingers, can find out how to grow these plants.”

The green kits can be picked up on June 5th and you can sign up for them on their website.

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