Carole Middleton Encourages Grandchildren To 'Eat Healthy' By Having Them Plant And 'Pick Their Own' Veggies
A love of the outdoors runs in the Middleton family!
Kate Middleton's mom, Carole, recently opened up about her gardening hobby, revealing she's teaching her grandchildren how to care for plants.
"It's important for children to grow up appreciating nature and part of that is allowing them to get a bit muddy," she shared, before going into detail of how she gets her hands dirty with Prince George, 7, Princess Charlotte, 5 and Prince Louis, 3.
Carole is also a grandmother to daughter Pippa's two children: Arthur, 2, and 1-month-old Grace.
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"If I'm doing planting with my grandchildren, I like to have it all laid out at 'activity stations' with their own little trowel and pot so they can get started immediately," she told Saga magazine. "It's no good calling children over to an activity, only for you then to have to fuss about looking for the right equipment and clearing a space. They'll soon lose interest and slope off."
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"Growing potatoes is a simple one to start with, and digging for spuds is fun at any age," she noted. "We also grow carrots, beetroot and onions, and there's no better way to encourage healthy eating than to allow your grandchildren to see how food is grown and let them pick their own."
The matriarch's green thumb was passed down to Kate, who helped design a garden for the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show.
The Palace shared that her three kids assisted in gathering "moss, leaves and twigs to help decorate" the area, which was also filled with shrubs, trees and fruit plants.
"I really feel that nature and being interactive outdoors has huge benefits on our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly for young kiddies. This is a natural, creative place for them to play," the mom-of-three said at the time. "I really hope that this woodland that we have created here really inspires families, kids, and communities to get outside, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and spend quality time together.”