April marks Planting month. During this time, Yates is encouraging people all over Australia to prepare their soil and start growing! The initiative is a great motivator for families to get out in the garden together and get growing.

Yates gardening expert Angie Thomas says kids love the responsibility of looking after their own plot. 

“It’s a great idea to designate a section of your garden for your kids to have as their own. Giving them some extra responsibility and ownership over the gardening process will help keep them interested.”

To get the most out of the experience, Thomas suggests starting with plants children can eat.

“Many children have little idea that peas grow in pods on a plant or that the beetroot on the hamburger bun didn’t start its life in a tin,” she said. “Imagine their excitement when they can sow seeds into the soil and follow the plant right through until it’s ready for picking. 

“Vegies like baby beetroot and lettuce are quick to grow and sugar snap and snow peas can be eaten straight out of the veggie patch. And don’t forget baby carrots, which can be harvested in as little as 10 weeks.”