Do Your Kids Know Their Vegetables?

By on 4th May in Garden

I like to think I am pretty good with my fruit and veg, especially after my Grandma owned a green grocers when I was a kid. I have fond memories of being about 4 or 5 and helping her and my mum serve the customers on a Saturday morning. But, a recent poll by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) suggests our children nowadays aren’t as clued up as the last few generations of children.

Vegetables in a shop

Many people think it is because most children now live in cities and are more interested in playing on video games or watching TV, whereas 20-30 years ago people lived out in the countryside and spent more time outside in gardens, parks or fields, taking in the environment around them.

Nearly half of children think broccoli grows on a bush or plant and 20 think sweetcorn is grown in the ground, which I thought was kind of a given, I always remember going passed fields covered in corn growing everywhere and especially when you have corn on the cob, it kind of gives it away. Maybe that’s just the mind of this 22 year old, but I think it’s an obvious fact.

What shocked me more was the fact that under half of the children in the poll were able to recognise Lavender or a lily plant, which again, I thought were very distinguishable! I may get someone to test me at this and see how well I do after I’ve boasted this much! 🙂

These results may be due to the amount of time spent sat infront of a games console, Television or on the internet, the garden has become a play area of the past it seems. Only 40 of the 1000 children aged 6-16 used their garden more than once a week, with 1 in 5 children rarely using the garden.

Although the next generation of children don’t recognise these vegetables and plants, they did recognise roses and sunflowers, with 90 of children spotting the popular plants!

Alan Titchmarsh thinks it’s time we encourage children to go outside and explore mother nature more often. This would enhance their learning of the ever changing environment around us, and give the kids a connection with nature again.

Me being the way I am, I also think it is important for children to learn, because if for some reason you were stranded somewhere for a long while, you would want to know what foods are safe to eat, so this could be an essential lesson in the long run!

What do you think?

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