Three Reasons to Start a Family Herb Garden

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A family herb garden can be a wonderful addition to your home, providing numerous benefits for children and adults. Not only does it offer a chance to learn about the life cycle of plants as well as sustainable farming practices, but it also adds fresh, organic flavours to your meals and encourages meaningful work. Here are three reasons why starting a family herb garden is a fantastic idea.


Hands-On Learning Experience

A family herb garden presents a unique opportunity for children and adults to delve into the fascinating world of plants. Participating in growing herbs gives kids knowledge about plant lifecycles, nurturing living organisms, and sustainable practices. They witness seeds transforming into flourishing herbs, learning patience, responsibility, and nature’s beauty. It can becomes an interactive classroom where curiosity and learning thrive.


Fresh, Organic Flavors and Nutritional Benefits

Having a family herb garden enhances meal flavors with fresh, organic herbs like basil, cilantro, and rosemary. Growing your own herbs gives you control over cultivation methods, ensuring they’re free from harmful chemicals. Herbs are rich in micronutrients, promoting a healthier diet. You can dry and preserve them for year-round enjoyment.


Meaningful Work and Opportunity for Connection

Cultivating an herb garden as a family offers a plethora of meaningful work and bonding experiences. Children can actively participate in gardening, from planting seeds and tending to the herbs to watering and eventually harvesting them. This hands-on involvement teaches children valuable life skills and the joy of nurturing something from its inception to fruition. Furthermore, incorporating the herbs they’ve grown into their favourite meals becomes an exciting and empowering experience, fostering a sense of pride and accomplishment. Working together in the herb garden strengthens family bonds, creating lasting memories and fostering a shared appreciation for the gifts that the natural world offers.


Starting a family herb garden is a rewarding endeavour that offers numerous benefits for everyone involved. Gather your loved ones, invest in some gardening tools, and embark on a journey of discovery together. 

For more tips on Gardening with Kids, read this Journal article and peruse the tag #inthegarden




Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.

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