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Gardening with Kids

Gardening is a great summer long activity for kids.  Give them a patch of dirt in the backyard, buy some seed packets or seedlings from the local garden shop and let them plant away.  Gardening is a good excuse for kids to play in the dirt, it’s also educational. 

I love the wonder in my grandsons’ eyes when they see the first the seeds sprout,  and excitement as they watch the plants grow.  If you plant fruits and vegetables the kids get to harvest them too, they really enjoy that. 

Here are some ideas for your kids’ gardens. 

Kids love having their own garden tools.  You can pick them up at any discount store.  This colorful set can be ordered from Amazon.com. 

Plant fast-growing plants like radishes they take only 30-60 days to mature. Confectionary sunflowers, sprout in just 7 days and can grow 2 feet high in a month.  They produce delicious snack food that kids can eat. Loose-leaf lettuce can be harvested and eaten when it's only a few inches tall.  For more ideas check Amy Enfield’s article Gardening with Children.

 

Photo from miraclegro.com

 

 

For instructions and more ideas to help your family start a garden check out this website Kidsgardening.org

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