I have to confess that, for a few years, I ran the after school Art Club when my son was at primary school. My background is in illustration, design and crafting and yesterday evening I mentioned, briefly, to one of my friends that I'd quite like some drawn labels for my raised beds.
In no time, I had three eager faces ready for action and, fifteen minutes later, armed with crayons and home-made sketchbooks, I was sitting by the Veg Patch talking to the kids about what we were going to draw. (This was completely impromptu, I'd meant to be sowing carrots!) The kids were completely absorbed, asking questions and talking about the veg (and the colours!). Even the youngest wild child, a boy aged just 7, sat calmly drawing and colouring and was the last to leave. Not bad, huh?
Not only that but they then wanted to help me plant some more seeds, which we managed just before they were called in to their respective suppers.
I was going to give you my (rave) review of 'Organic Gardening, the no dig way' today but have spent the morning scanning the drawings, laminating them and painting wood to attach them to in the Veg Patch. Children place such importance on their work, I think it's vital that adults respond to this. Thus, the drawings will be ready for the kids to put up in the Veg Patch when they return from school today.
As I have a wealth of craft ideas for kids in the garden, the other thing that I've started work on is another blog which I've called 'Veg Patch Kids'. I'll let you know when it's up (gotta make it look snazzy first!)