Fruit Trees

How do you get the younger generation to love Gardening?

To start us off our good friend the blogging nurseryman cited the younger generation are now being taught the advantages of buying and eating locally. He said "... I feel we are on the verge of a whole new renaissance in growing our own food. Not just for survival, but for the aesthetic, social and physiological benefits that growing our own food organically brings."

What are your thoughts?


  1. Judging from the young people I know, gardening has become something they want to do - for growing their own food mostly. What I notice though, is that this often leads them to want to experiment further with shrubs and perennials.

  2. I agree entirely! I have just moved my young family (boys aged 4 & 6) from a 450 square metre block, to 2700 square metres ... for lots of reasons but a big one of the reasons was to enable us to grow a little more fruit and veg.

    The boys love getting into the garden with me - except at the moment as the mozzies are FEROCIOUS (all hints and tips appreciated!!) - and they sure love eating the end results!

    This week have purchased white fig, midgen berry and a plum tree!

    (My husband reckons hiding treats in the garden might help!)

  3. One of the goals of the Master Gardener program is to provide education and support on gardening related activities through school gardens. The kids really love it and they learn so much, and will probably carry the appreciation for gardening into adulthood.

  4. It may be because they "want to save the world", or "this stuff tastes so much better", or "I want to see if i can do this" but I think younger generations want to bring gardening into the twenty-first century.

    Like any generation there will be gardeners and non-gardeners amongst them. I think its dis-ingenuous to write off the whole generations x and y as some kind of alien life form. I am interested in many of the same things those generations are interested in and I was born at the tail end of the Baby boomers.

    Stay young by engadging in the new things of the world, lest we turn into bitter old people blaming the young for everything.

    By the way, what's a mozzie? I understand they are ferocious.

  5. I went to wikipedia to find out about mozzies. Ah,ah! Mosquitoes.

  6. Trey ... the mozzies have been awful. We are at Lake Macquarie, NSW, and have just moved to a 2/3acre bush block - absolutely delightful and I'm about to spend an hour or so trawling through the rest of the Daley's site to find out where I should plant my avocado, fig, plum, mango ... and a few other things as well.

    But we have had weeks of rain, rain, rain ... wonderful for the farmers, but I haven't yet been able to get my water tank installed so most of it is going to waste.

    Back to the kids ... the school my boys go to, and lots of others around here, have started school gardens where the kids get to grow vegetables and herbs and so on. But they don't seem to put fruit trees in, which is a great shame. I think a school yard full of fruit trees would surely encourage the kids to eat it!